Outdoors on the Cove
The spacious yard features four, new, Adirondack chairs around the firepit and a picnic table, all with direct waterviews. We’ll leave enough wood for at least one fire! Two of these chairs are custom-enlarged with a moved-up bottom and back for ease in getting out of the chairs by both larger people as well as the elderly or those with disabilities. The wood platform at the water’s edge has a new double-seat Adirondack settee with a table in the middle.
From here, it’s about the beauty, serenity, and excitement of the tides of the Atlantic Ocean, and how they come in and out of our little, private cove! The quality and quantity of bird life is the best feature of a tidal cove, where osprey, eagles, and the majestic kingfishers cycle from their nests to fishing off the “mudflats” (also called “clamflats”). Please realize we get much more wildlife viewing, but that the tides in “Downeast” Maine change a remarkable 8-10 feet in front of you, twice a day like clockwork (with the help of the Moon!) Paddling and swimming off the dock can only occur during the three or so hours of “high tide”, as 6 hours later, twice a day, there will be nothing but mud in the clamflats! If you want water entry “24/7” or a sandy beach outside your door this is not the place for you, but the constant change and movement of the water is more exciting to us, there is a great sand beach just over a mile down the road! Some may choose to swim right off the dock at high tide, and the cove water is often a bit warmer if also often murky. We have a baby pool by the water and an outdoor hose at the house to wash off muddy/sandy feet. The mudroom is perfect for all your “gear”, and that helps keep dirt out of the house, too.
The cove is protected and private, and you rarely see anyone except an occasional boater going by at high tide or a few clammers at low tide, but plenty of wildlife! Besides birds, the area attracts other animals such as raccoons, deer, the occasional moose, and even a bear within recent years! It will be important to keep your car windows rolled up and trash secured inside where indicated. The cove is a favorite fishing spot for Bald Eagles and Great Blue Herons, and many other sea and land birds are in the area. You will enjoy the stairs with a railing down to the water and the new, 30 foot dock. We even provide the canoes, two high-quality Old Town models, 14 and 16 footers, both with comfortable seating, THAT YOU WILL SIGN YOU USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. (More canoes and kayaks can be rented and delivered locally, but providing just these two canoes saves you about $300./week rental.) Paddles and flotation devices are provided for eight, including two youth sized ones.