Time to Switch on the ignition and
At first, the urge is to get on and "Head for the Hills" – which is okay. Lots of "yet to get to" places out there.
But, just as I was about to grab the map to seek new adventures, it dawned on me that there are a great number of places right here in my home town that I could scooter to ZIIIIPPP, without putting on great mileage.
So, let me scooter you around Portland, Maine and its environs.
It's just a two-minute ride over the Casco Bay Bridge, which spans the Fore River, into South Portland. Another two minutes and...
You are at one of the many little jewels of "wilderness" that beckons you to explore - on a small scale, the wilderness of old.
The meandering done, it's hop on once again, and....
In three short minutes...
You are at the mouth of the Fore River, where it slides into Casco Bay, looking across at Portland.
But Wait! There's More!!! As the pitchman on TV says, because, for just a 7-minute-more ride you get....
Bug Light Park and the Portland Pipeline Terminal!
Bug Light got its name because it originally sat some 2,500 feet off shore, connected by a low swamp. Every evening, the light keeper had to navigate that swamp in order to light the lighthouse lamp. Let me tell you, there may be other places that have "bite-em up badly" bugs, but this spot can hold its own against all comers.
Bug Light Park sits at the entrance to Portland. Guarding that entrance is Fort Gorges. Built during the Civil War to repel any Southern invaders, it sits today as a fun spot to visit and a grand welcoming sight for folks coming to Portland by boat.
So there it is. Scootering for Fun and not going very far.
Spring is in the air. Mount up!