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Boats in the Snow #2

12/12/2014
Boats in the Snow #3 is a dry-docked sailboat. I photographed it in the parking lot of a Cabinet maker in Old Town, Maine.

Boats in the Snow #2 is a dry-docked sailboat. I photographed it near  the parking lot of a cabinet maker in Old Town, Maine.

A lot of people don’t realize the University of Maine is located on an island, well, sort of an island.

Yes, the campus is on a piece of land surrounded by water. But it’s a large piece of land, about six miles long and three miles wide. It lies between a narrow stretch of the Penobscot River and a slow-moving channel called the Stillwater. Even Gilligan could find his way off this island.

But because campus is surrounded by water, university commuters have access issues. Only four vehicle bridges connect the island to the “mainland.”  A two-lane concrete bridge on Stillwater Road, provides a direct link from the freeway to campus and Old Town, an island community of about 7,800 people.

Sometimes I get stuck in a traffic jam on the Stillwater Road bridge. Last fall, delayed commuters could look down river and watch workers rebuild a nearby dam. This fall I’ve taken to looking up river: scenic pines, shoreline properties, black water that can shines like a mirror.

And a curious man-made rock structure. Is it an old railroad bridge abutment?

Earlier this month, I decided to investigate.

Instead of turning right toward campus, I turned left. I quickly found myself on a poorly maintained dirt road. A trailer park, a few ramshackle houses, and woods – lots of woods. I found no evidence of a former railroad.

But I did find a boat in the snow. It was parked outside a cabinet shop next to a crab apple tree.

Perhaps Gilligan will finally make it off the island.

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One Comment
  1. Hey Mark! I like this “boats in the snow” stuff 🙂 It that thing still usable? Hi to Jen!

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