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Rhon Bell

Rhon Bell, an outdoor enthusiast, spends his time exploring the Maine Woods and documenting his journeys. Growing up in Aroostook County, he embraced the outdoor lifestyle at a young age. Living today near Portland, he spends weekends and week-long adventures hiking New England summits, canoeing the historic Maine waterways, and ice fishing for lake trout. Follow the journey as Window to the Woods discovers new destinations, and check out his other blog, Backwoods Plaid.

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Posted: October 7, 2014

A close-to-shore island adventure in Harpswell


Follow the Lookout Point Road and end up here. Rhon Bell photo

The colors of fall are lining the highways and side roads across New England. As leaf-peepers flock to the mountains for the ideal fall photo, I like taking a trip to the coast and avoid the constant traffic. Sure, the rolling hillsides of ever-changing colors in Rangeley are gorgeous, but equally stunning views are available right along the ocean. With 230 miles of coastline (and 3,500 miles of tidal coastline) I guarantee you’ll find a new view you’ve never discovered and it just takes a little adventure.

This past Sunday I travelled to South Harpswell to photograph a particular lobster shack at sunset (post coming soon). Arriving earlier than expected, I meandered down a random side road, Lookout Point Road. My advice: Whenever you find a road named “Lookout” anything – explore it. Here you’ll find a beautiful cove, with a working waterfront and lobster shack. Two small, picturesque close-to-shore islands are connected by sandbars and at low tide are easily accessed by foot. They offer beautiful views and photo opportunities, particularly with a setting sun. The colors of fall are present and even if you leave the camera at home, pick an island tree to prop up against and simply watch the sun set over the horizon line.

Directions from Portland: Here

Things to do here:

  1. There is a sandy beach – bring a lawn chair and a cooler
  2. Island hop – bring a camera and await the sunset
  3. Boat launch – pack your kayak or paddleboard for an evening paddle after work

Rhon Bell photo


Rhon Bell photo

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