Adventure Length: 1/2 Day
Month We Adventured: May
Ideal Time for this Adventure: After lunch and it will take you to after dinner.
Bring: Canoe/Kayak, bug spray, sunscreen, water, snacks for the littles.
Adventure Begins: Sawyer Park Boat Launch in Brunswick. Free parking, easy access to put in boat. Restroom facilities.
Portland -> Brunswick: 45 Minutes
Adventure Continues: Sebasco Harbor Resort in Phippsburg. Free parking.
Brunswick -> Phippsburg: 25 Minutes
Phippsburg -> Portland: 1 Hour
Adventure begins in New Meadows River. We unpacked the car and loaded the canoe into the water in under 10 minutes. As we hopped into the canoe, a lobster fisherman was docking and a bald eagle flew directly above our heads. Maine, y'all.
The river was calm and sweet houses and cottages dot the edges. Everyone we passed waved and told us to enjoy our trip. We noticed almost immediately the massive amount of jellyfish floating throughout. Seriously, a wild amount. That kept Harper perfectly still in the canoe to avoid fallout, so, just a small scare tactic tip for any parents heading out on this trip.
My goal was to make it to Merritt Island in West Bath. Lofty dreams with a 4 year old in tow. It's an island owned by Bowdoin College that people are welcome to respectfully explore. Next time.
Instead, we docked our canoe at a little cove we discovered on the river and let Harper run free and get some sillies out. Shells galore for Harper to collect.
We are in some pretty wild times with COVID. Our adventures look a little differently lately with some new challenges and lots of hand sanitizer, but that's never stopped me before. After our beautiful canoe ride, we loaded back up and took a little drive for some appetizers and drinks to cap off a great afternoon.
Sebasco Harbor Resort in Phippsburg was the perfect COVID solution. Their restaurant, Ledges Pub and Patio, is open to the public and not only do they have an extensive patio, but also an extensive lawn scattered with picnic tables and room to lay out blankets. We called in an order, masked up and got take-out of apps and drinks in plastic cups straight to their lawn. Harper ran free throughout the lawn and we got to enjoy a few moments by ourselves taking in some gorgeous views with a drink in hand.