Toes in the sand at Old Orchard Beach

Pier and a pigeon. (Apr 17 2:48 p.m.)

It had been many a year since I visited this beach.

Closed until summer. (Apr 17 2:50 p.m.)

I remember visiting the Old Orchard Street— lined with stores, rides on the side… and pizza.  And more pizza.  I remember playing at the arcade.  The last time, however… I sat in my mother’s car parked along the street, and didn’t get out due to self-consciousness.

(Apr 17 1:49 p.m.)

On Wednesday, most everything was closed, and will remain closed until summer, of course.

(Apr 17 2:40 p.m.)

Even the pier was closed.  A parked truck blocked the entrance… I vaguely remember that being the case way back when too.

Driving around before meeting up… (Apr 17 1:47 p.m.)

But the beach wasn’t the only destination on this trip.

(Apr 17 1:52 p.m.)

The park came first.

Gazebo.  Closed rides in the distance. (Apr 17 1:52 p.m.)
(Apr 17 1:54 p.m.)

I’d never been to the park before.

(Apr 17 2:25 p.m.)

A basketball court, fields of grass sometimes used to kickball, a playground, trees planted in memory of people who are no longer with us… and rocks.  I watched others shoot hoops, and shot footage.  Most attempts by everyone didn’t score… including mine.  The train passed, across the street.

(Apr 17 2:34 p.m.)

After that, we visited the deafening arcade, where families go to score prizes and gradually lose their hearing.

Seriously.  It made me think of the ear muffs in wood shop.

(Apr 17 2:36 p.m.)

How can you concentrate to make faces in the photo booth when everything outside the booth is intentionally distracting to compete for your attention?

(Apr 17 2:50 p.m.)

But I digress.  We soon left for the beach.  Warm and breezy.  A few of the women took their shoes/sandals off for a barefoot experience in the sand.  I even took two group photos… of two people.  At any rate, it was nice.

(Apr 17 2:52 p.m.)

Clearly, someone wrote a message in shells before we got there.  See if you can read it. 🙂

(Apr 17 2:26 p.m.)

One could think that it would be a long time before I saw Old Orchard Beach again…

(Apr 19 2:26 p.m.)

A number of us were back at Old Orchard Beach on Friday to…discover Old Orchard Beach.  Again.  But this time the destination was the arcade.

Yeah, no thanks.  The group split.  A few of us took to the pier to find out it’s closed until May 1.  After that, I opted to search for fooood…

(Apr 19 2:26 p.m.)

A slice of Lisa’s Pizza to be exact.  With mushrooms.

There’s competition on the street in terms of pizza considering I counted three pizza joints on one block.  (Maybe only four total, though.)

(Apr 19 2:26 p.m.)

Post-arcade was the park this time.  I participated in basketball this time. Fun-fun.  Toward the end of the day, however, in attempting to catch the ball, I misstepped, fell and rolled.  Parts of my left hand and knee both scraped pink.  My abdominal wall is still sore… it hurts to turn, take a full breath, etc.  My close friend has said I’m “falling apart.” 😁

(Apr 19 3:22 p.m.)

I was benched.  Ah, well.

The train passed again.

(Apr 19 12:33 p.m.)

In other things, new picnic tables were added at the Center.  I opted to go outside, sit, and soon participated in games of Uno.

(Apr 17 11:51 a.m.)

Spring is charging ahead, and it’s warm… warm enough, I’m turning off the heaters… warm enough that I’m sweating in my sweater at night, here.

(Apr 19 10:33 a.m.)

The animals are enjoying the sun.

Seen above, one of the neighbor’s chickens was reluctant to leave our property.  On day two, she was sitting on the front porch railing.  It  soon rained, and by the time it stopped raining she was gone.  We can only hope she went home.

(Apr 21 3:44 p.m.)

By the time the rain ended, the last remnants of snow and ice vanished.

The ants are already a nuisance.  Their presence is a giant, creepy pain in the ass.  And we’re talking at least two seen on every surface, even the computer table.  It can be an around-the-clock problem too.  The spiders I don’t mind compared to these ant bastards.

Small seedling string, up close. (Apr 21 3:47 p.m.)

Going out to snap photos of the woods wasn’t without consequence as a tick got on my shirt.  (It was put down the drain.)

(Apr 17 11:58 a.m.)

Well, that’s the beach and official spring for you.  And I gotta go.  I hope you all had a wonderful Easter/weekend. 🙂

Until next time…

 

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