Six years ago this week I adopted a scared little pup from the Humane Association in Albuquerque.
At the time they said he was about 2 years old, or two-ish; I guess that means it’s Hank’s eight-ish birthday this week.
In companion to the Kennebec River Range Lights, the Doubling Point Light marks another right angle turn along the river. Hank was allowed to climb up this lighthouse too, but it was a little too squishy with other people in there with us to take a picture at the top.
Yes, I did end up in a ditch.
Yes, I did have to call AAA to rescue me.
Yes, all the other people visiting the lighthouse wanted to help.
Yes, they thought they could push the car out of the ditch and back onto the road.
Yes, they discovered this was not possible when they walked around the car and realized it was cantilevered into the ditch at about a 30 degree angle.
Yes, they were all relieved that I had AAA, but many offered to call for me if necessary.
Yes, AAA came out to a fairly remote area lickety-split and efficiently pulled me out of the ditch.
No, I did not take a picture of the car in the ditch. Some things are not necessary to record for posterity.
As many of you know, Hank usually just visits a lighthouse outside. Dogs are generally not allowed inside, and the stairwells can be a little precarious to a four-footed fella. Many of the lighthouses in Maine assist with the navigation of rivers and inlets, not functioning as beacons along the ocean coast. Since they don’t have to be seen from afar they are not very tall, many quite small and easy to climb. Additionally, many of the lighthouses are run by foundations of lighthouse-loving volunteers so good pups are welcome. For all these reasons I am proud to present… Hank INSIDE his first lighthouse!
One of the volunteers explained how the range lights work: if you’re coming up the channel and the lights are vertical of each other, then you’re in the right spot to travel safely up the river. If they are not perfectly vertical… better adjust that quick.
While Hank and I love visiting lighthouses, we don’t always have access. Many are current Coast Guard stations or part of a private residence, so it’s not possible to get near them (you can only get as close as a perimeter fence) or to go inside. This is why Maine Open Lighthouse Day was so exciting — open access to usually inaccessible lighthouses.
We took off around around 7am and arrived in the Portland area around 9. We’ve been to Portland Head Light before so we skipped it, and since I’m not too steady actually crossing a breakwater, we skipped Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse too. There were two tour buses of folks here at Bug Light so we didn’t fight the crowd; just a quick pic and time to move on.