Yesterday our family discovered a real gem practically in our backyard. Wood Island, an uninhabited 32-acre nature preserve, sits at the southern entrance to Saco Bay, Maine. It's only 1/3 mile off the finger of mainland known as Biddeford Pool, but really does feel like a different world. It houses a boat ramp...
|Approaching the sheltered western end of the island|
|It runs through seagull nesting grounds;|
angry seagull dads aren't to be trifled with
|About as "Maine" as you can get|
|In some places you could hop from buoy to buoy|
|Do you really want to know?|
The Wood Island "Friends" mow the lawns, maintain the buildings, offer tours, keep the museum. They're a dedicated group who have spent years stabilizing & restoring the buildings, and making the island available to anybody who would like to visit. But they're not equipped to deal with the influx of manmade trash the sea keeps feeding this refuge's shores. Really, until we stop dumping so much persistent waste into the ocean, nobody would be equipped to deal with that.
And it's a shame. Because this is a really special spot & a great place. And it should stay that way!
|My daughter leading her friend through the wilds|
* There's a suggested donation of $10 for visiting the island & museum; more than fair given the beauty of the place & the amount of upkeep needed to maintain it.