Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Things to do in Wells, Maine
First, there are the beaches....Moody Beach, Wells Beach, Ogunquit Beach, Footbridge Beach and more....Sparky has been walking to one of the beaches and back for several days. You don't have to walk, you can take the trolley. It's a little complicated--the route and the fee structure. Sparky hasn't quite figured it out yet. The blue line is free.. The orange line is 5.00 PER RIDE. You can get through several local towns by taking the trolley instead of walking but transfers sometimes occur cross lines, and the summer route is sporadic and slow due to crazy traffic so Sparky gave up figuring it out for now. The walk is very pleasant, no matter which beach you choose to walk down to. Lots of pretty homes (many for summer rental) with pretty gardens along the way.
She's not sure which one it is. Probably Moody since we are at Moody Beach RV Park. (Good one, Sparky! says Eldo.) The beaches are beautiful but not like the white crystal sands of Sarasota. The beach is brown, there are no shells, just rocks that get pushed up onto the sand. But the beach houses, oh, my! Sparky loves that they almost all have names...This one is called Noah's Ark. It's the house right off Bourne Rd. when you arrive at the beach.
From the park, it's about 1.4 miles one way to the public beach access off Bourne Road (no parking for cars there, just a pedestrian walk thru). You pass by the Rachel Carson Refuge marshes on both sides of you. If you go further into Ogunquit, you can access a parking lot (a nice sized one!) and for 4.00 an hour or 25.00 a day, you could drive to the beach and park at the Footbridge Beach parking lot.
The water temperature of the Atlantic was 57 degrees. There were some hardy souls out in the ocean, body surfing the waves. Sparky used to do that as a kid on Lake Michigan. You'd need a wetsuit in those temperatures, wouldn't you? Guess these beach boarders aren't too worried about cold water. They plan on having a fun time!
A lifeguard was coming on duty and headed with her equipment across the bridge to the beach. That made Sparky remember her lifeguarding days at swimming pools, but never at a beach. That would be a whole different ball game, and a much more difficult assignment. Rip tides, jelly fish, ray stings, sharks, big waves, disappearing and reappearing bathers, it's a tough job. Hope they get paid well!