The best place to be is where the Lord has placed you! (read Psalm 16:6)Tweet
We haven’t always lived in Maine. There were times, when we were wondering where we might end up, that we could imagine living almost-anyplace-but-Maine. It’s not that we didn’t like Maine, it’s just that the winters seemed too unmanageable for the life we thought we might be living. Yet, here we are. And it turns out, the winters are manageable, after all! 🤣
The truth is, we’ve always just wanted to be where the Lord wanted us to be. We spent quite a few years being in places that we were just passing through. We could feel it. It might be nice (convenient suburban Kansas, lovely Washington state) or it might be rough (summer in Texas, Alabama and Florida), but it definitely wasn’t home. We have always tried to make the best of all of our time by looking for the wonder of God wherever we were for whatever time we had there. And we have seen lots of amazing things over a large part of the U.S. as a result! But when we settled in Maine it felt like home, and even more than enjoying what we could while we could, we have been delighted at just how pleasant God has made our boundary lines.
We enjoy all seasons in Maine, but of course, summer brings with it a very special and short-lived treat – beach days!
Maine is known best for its rocky shoreline, and there are many stunning granite or cobble beaches. Still, it’s hard to beat a sand beach, where the kids can dig and run and splash and play, and Sandy River Beach in Jonesport is one of our local favorites.
The clouds were low and the tide was high…and it was a great day to get in the water!
This quiet local beach has a little bit of everything. At low tide, we enjoy wandering through the rocky tidepools. At high tide, we enjoy the long, shallow, sandy shelf and rolling waves!
(As an added bonus, a trip to the beach is a great time to pick up some supplies for Making Sea Salt!)
It’s a good place to remember that God gives us all good things, right where He places us, and every day, we can look around and remember and appreciate and be content in every good and every perfect gift that He has showered down on us from above!
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.(James 1:17, KJV)
Sandy River Beach is a little hidden-jewel of a sandy beach, off-the-beaten-path in Jonesport, Maine. To get there, from US 1 east-bound follow 187 south for about 8 miles.
As you pass through the lighted cross-walk, look for the parking area on your right. From the parking area, you’ll walk back up to the cross-walk for beach access.
The beach looks out across Chandler Bay. The island directly ahead from the beach access point is home to a nesting pair of bald eagles, and they are often visible, perching or fishing.
If you follow the beach to the left, you can walk up to where the Sandy River empties into the bay. If you follow the beach to the right, it becomes rocky. This is a great place to explore at low tide. As an added bonus, if you continue follow the shore to the right, low tide exposes a sandbar and you can walk right out to Bar Island. And because the beach faces east, sunrises are stunning!
So much to explore ~ Sandy River Beach never disappoints!
Shop hand-made things for a day at the beach…
by Sydney Michalski