Blossoming on the Greenbelt Walkway in South Portland

I used to live within walking distance of the South Portland Greenebelt in the 1990s and spent many days here staying ahead of my anxieties one step at a time. I was young, single, had a dream job that had been created just for me in the Old Port (with parking!) and a cute little house. Yet serenity then was still elusive. Walking here always helped me feel more calm and centered. It had been years since I was here last so I decided to revisit it today despite it being cool and cloudy.
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Tiny Home Off-Grid Living: Life on a Maine Sailboat in South Portland

One of Wayne’s colleagues in the marine industry lives on a sailboat year-round. When he first mentioned she lives on a boat I assumed he meant a houseboat. Nope. Skye and her husband Matt graciously accepted my request to see their home and find out what it’s like to live on a sailboat in Maine where the winters get interesting.

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A Peek at Peaks

Portland, Maine, in particular the Old Port is the place to be if you like the water! Wayne and I took a round-trip ferry ride to Peaks Island. Ready for the ride?

Looking out at South Portland as we head away from the terminal.

Wayne loves boats. He built yachts and designed yacht systems for almost two decades!

It was a hot day so the cool breeze felt great. The cute little lighthouse is Breakwater Lighthouse also known as “Bug Light.”

Pretty sails!

Casco bay is filled with not just sailboats but yachts, paddlers and speed boats.

This sail boat is very impressive!
Oopsie. Someone needed a tow.

Approaching Peaks Island…

Close-up of a couple of kids having fun. They dove into the water as we passed them.

See that crowd waiting to get on the ferry back to Portland? To the left is a bar that has a “Reggae Sunday.” It’s popular with literally boatloads of college kids. We stayed on the ferry because we were just on it for the ride.

The other passengers seemed to enjoy the views and breeze on the way back.

Back on land, gulls were playing in a parking lot puddle even though there’s an entire bay feet away. 

Speaking of gulls, when docking I witnessed a gull gulp down a large flopping fish! I wish I had caught it on camera but it happened so quickly.

After the ride we had the memories. And boat hair.