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Giant's Stairs

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Maine, Ocean

Pemaquid Point didn't quite satisfy my urge to explore tide pools. I mean it was obviously an awesome spot but I needed to see more of the coast! Giant's Stairs trail was another spot I found listed as a favorite by the same person who recommended Pemaquid Point. It was a little over an hour away from where I was but the tide was still low enough, and the photos looked cool enough that I figured it'd be worth it.

...Aaaand it was! I followed the trail for a few minutes before dipping down off the path to climb around on rocks. Same luck as before though, I still wasn't finding anything alive. Despite all my research tide pool exploration is still a bit of a mystery to me. It kills me that I don't get to do this more often. If I lived near the ocean I would be at a spot like this every single day at low tide to search for critters. It's so amazing that this world exists and for a small amount of time we get a peek of it.

giant steps, maine,

After an hour or so of watching waves crash in, I climbed back up to the trail ready to head back to my car. It was then I realized the path went on a lot further than I had thought before. Despite being tired and ready to head back to the hotel (+ the hot tub!) I figured I might as well keep on walking because when would I get a chance to explore here again anytime soon.

Not too far from where I climbed up I stumbled upon the actual Giant's Stairs. Seen above. I guess I thought the whole area was just the Giant's Stairs. My photo does them no justice at all. They really are giant stairs!

One of the houses along the trail. Could you even imagine living somewhere like this? If you do actually live somewhere like this, would you like a green haired permanent guest? Because I could be that for you...

I'm already aching to get back to the coast. One half day is not even close to enough time. I always hear people always say stuff like "I was born in the wrong era." but I was just born in the wrong state - which, luckily, is something I can fix. I definitely picture myself living on the coast some day.  I am an ocean gal through and through. I'm half terrified of it which I think is so much of why I love it. It's frightening yet calming. I don't quite know if that makes sense at all but the ocean definitely has me feeling some kind of way. 
xoxo

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17 thoughts

  1. That's the cedar-shingled house of my dreams <3 <3 <3

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    1. Isn't it just beautiful!? So many windows too (which is #1 factor when talking about dream houses!)

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  2. I also felt like I belonged on the coast especially the New England coast somewhere. My one true love is Maine and its many walks of life. I hope to live there one day. People always tell me how crazy the weather can be and how severe the season changes are but I LOVE all the seasons and being able to experience all of them fully is really one of the reasons I like being in the Midwest but I really just need that seaside experience.

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    1. Don't worry I'll hold down the coffee shop! ;)

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  4. Totally agree about the ocean being amazing and terrifying. It's so BIG and powerful and holds so much mystery. It controls the weather! Even close to the shore the waves are so big and undertow can grab you. You need to have so much respect for it on so many levels.

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    1. When I was reading about tide pools one thing that really stuck out to me was "never turn your back to the ocean" which is seriously such a spooky sentence. It makes it sound so scary and unpredictable. I LOVE IT.

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  5. I've lived on the coast of NH my whole life (except for college which was landlocked in Western Maine) and I can't imagine being away from it!! The ocean is so beautiful & powerful & relaxing. You should definitely move to the coast someday!! ;)

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  6. I love tide-pooling so much!! Especially when you have to scramble down cliffs to see the good stuff!

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    1. Climbing around on that stuff is certainly fun.

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  7. I lived by the ocean for many years. I really miss it. I've not made it to Maine yet. I've really enjoyed your photos! Thanks for sharing! I love tide pools too. :)

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    1. Thanks! :) Hope you get a chance to visit Maine someday. It's incredible there.

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  8. Oh my gosh I love these photos. Makes me want to go exploring along the beaches near me, I live on the Jurassic coast so I really should go explore <3

    The Quirky Queer

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    1. Slightly embarrassed to say I had to google what the Jurassic coast was but wowowowo people find such cool things along your beaches! Hope you share photos on your blog if you go play on the beach! :)

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  9. It is so beautiful! I truly would love to live my the sea!

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