Adventure Length: 1/2 Day
Month We Adventured: June
Ideal Time for this Adventure: Lunch through to late afternoon.
Bring: Bug spray, sunscreen, lunch for the littles, water.
Adventure Begins: Ramonas in Portland.
Adventure Continues: Oven's Mouth in Boothbay. Free, limited parking.
Portland -> Boothbay: 1 Hour
Boothbay -> Portland: 1 Hour
Adventures during the time of COVID have certainly been a little different. I'm finding that I am more likely to pick a 1/2 adventure that requires a little bit longer of a drive even though my end destination is back at my house. I mean, what else do we have to do?
This adventure starts in Portland by picking up some legit, delicious hoagies from Ramonas. This new joint opened during COVID (we see you and we thank you for pulling through this!) and offered limited sandwiches each day for curbside pickup. I missed the boat each day and by the time I got to the site, they were sold out. So, the minute they announced they would be opening for real, I built it into our adventure for the weekend.
We picked up two Classical Italian Combos and with Harper's lunch already packed, we headed to Boothbay and planned to have a trunk lunch (something that has become sort of the norm these days.) Take a look at this beauty:
I mean, this place doesn't need any other press. Look above, look here and just go get a sandwich. If you can get it that is, they still sell out most days. We may or may not have ordered this twice in a three day stretch last week.
Once sandwiches were in tow, we took one of my (and well, everyone else's) favorite drives on Maine's Coastal Route 1. Antique shops adorned with colorful buoys, lobster shacks and seafood restaurants not just exist in every whimsical Maine book/television show you've read/seen, they actually live on Route 1. Driving through charming Wiscasset is a personal favorite.
We made our way to Oven's Mouth Preserve and after devouring our Ramona's lunch in the back of our Jeep, we got to it.
Oven's Mouth is bound by the Back and Cross Rivers which connects the two peninsulas that form the preserve, Oven's Mouth East and West. There is a stunning bridge that connects the East to the West that Harper was thrilled to run across once we stumbled upon it. The West peninsula is heavily wooded with great hiking trails, while the East peninsula is a little over 1.5 miles and is a collection of salt marshes, easier trails and views of quiet coves.
Harper handled the walk with ease (only asking to be picked up for the last small stretch) and I would say this is a perfect family hike to keep everyone entertained with plenty to take in. You can cut the walk short and still experience much of what this preserve has to offer.
Yes, the water really looks like that. This incredible blue/green water flows throughout and we were successfully able to convince Harper that 100% some magical fairies roamed these woods and controlled these waters. What else could explain it?