I would never advise anyone looking for solitude to come to Maine during the summer months. Maine is glorious, it truly is, but summer in Maine brings legions of people who use “summer” as a verb. There isn’t anything “wrong” with these folks, they are just doing what we all do, looking for a glorious place near the ocean where we can disconnect.(Or sit and do my Blurb work.) But seeing as Maine is so close to the massive hubs of the northeast, this place gets overrun. Locals will often make faces as they talk about enduring summer more than enjoying it. I get it. I live in a tourist destination as well, and sometimes during peak season it can be a bit much.
But what’s interesting here is that Mother Nature still holds the cards, and if solitude is what you want, well, you can still find it depending on your willingness to get wet. Rain here is the on/off switch of life. For those of us from dry climates, this style of heavy, drenching rain is blissful. For others, mostly tourists from other wet parts of the country, rain is the worst case scenario. Trapped in their hotel rooms packed with far too many people for any normal health code, they ride out weather like prisoners waiting for their last meal. But for those willing to embrace nature in their face, solitude awaits.
This image was made at a beach that is normally jammed with people. At high tide they ride up against the seawall waiting for rogue waves to take their technology. At low tide, and during periods early and late, masses of humans and their animals strut between protruding points of land. The beach is wide, low ,and flat. Near perfection. And when it rains, it’s a ghost town. And this is when I get excited. I get on my bike and head into the juicy abyss. A snap here, a snap there. An appreciation for my fellow weather lovers. An appreciation for those who know they will eventually dry out. Places of solitude are where I feel most at home. Places where my mind feels like it can unwind and spin up like a turbo waiting for the green light. So, if you need solitude, just know it’s there waiting for you, in the rain.