It didn't take me more than a minute to respond, "I want to see and/or hear a loon!" I've been a birder most of my life and although I'd been to Maine a couple of times already, I'd never seen or heard a loon.
A couple of days after my request Ginni emailed me the exciting news, "I have some friends who live on lakes. We can go kayaking and they guarantee you'll see a loon!"
(Now, I'd never met her friends, but I've lived with me all my life and I know, when hearing a phrase like that I'm pretty much sure I won't see a loon.) But, ever hopeful, I got excited and looked forward to not only seeing my loon but meeting my sister's friends as well.
Ginni, as I mentioned in an earlier post, is a yoga instructor and the ladies who so fervently assured me of a loon viewing are all members of her Thursday afternoon class in Rangeley, Maine.
|Long Pond (aka Bear Mountain Lake)|
Notice the ripples in the water? It was very windy all day long. Not a good day for small craft boating! 80( But we got the binoculars out and scanned and scanned. And Ginni was pretty sure she saw one! Just near this lovely point. But look as I might, I couldn't see one. But what I did see was wonderful! And Jeannine was a gracious host, providing wine and snacks and introducing us to her newest small furry doggie friend.
After this, the first leg of our adventure, we jumped in our cars and drove over to the home of Ainsley and Dolly. They live on Loon Lake. (Sounds like a likely spot, eh?) Ainsley and Dolly live a log cabin, right on the edge of Loon Lake, with their four dogs.
Ainsley is an artist, working as stone turner. She makes exquisite bowls, bottles and vases. Her studio is in a little cabin that sits right next to her home. www.sherocks.net
We walked through the pines to the edge of the lake. We steppped out on the boulders and we ventured onto the dock, but, search as we might, there were no loons!
|Left to Right;|
Jeannine, Ginni, Dawn, Me and Ainsley
Porter is in front.
|This is Dolly.|
She took the photo