Wednesday, November 26, 2014

At Bailey Island with my College Roommate

Freshman year, Harvard paired me with Bonnie and two other roommates. Before we met in person, Bonnie called me on the phone, and we discovered that we had lots in common, including adjacent geography. I was from New York City and she was from New Jersey. When I arrived on campus, I had an instant friend.

When I invited Bonnie to visit me anytime, I hadn't expected her to come in November. That's my least favorite month in Maine. The trees were bare; the skies were grey; the landscape was brown and the days were growing shorter. Bonnie doesn't like cold weather, but her son was competing in a regional cross-country meet (he finished second!) They came well prepared with warm layers and a game attitude.

I took Bonnie to Giant Stairway on Bailey Island for a frigid seaside walk.

There's a public path that skirts the cliffs.

It's a good lookout point for breaking waves, bobbing lobster pots and eider ducks.

On warmer days, I've often spent hours painting watercolors right there. 

We stopped at Mackerel Cove to watch the sunset.

It was chilly, but catching up with an old friend kept me warm.

I'm thankful for the long-lasting friendships in my life, including you bloggers.

Happy Thanksgiving!


troutbirder said...

Happy Thanksgiving Sarah. Nothing like reconnecting with friends from our youth....:)
And I always love your seascapes.

A Cuban In London said...

What a beautiful, marvellous post about you and your uni friend. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! :-)

Greetings from London.

vanillasugarblog said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you!!!

Les said...

Friends who knew way back when help us stay grounded and as you know should be appreciated. I hope you have had a happy Thanksgiving.

Booksnyc said...

The closest friends I have today are those I met in college - they know me like no other friends know me! Great photos - thanks for sharing.

Happy Thanksgiving, Sarah!

Donna said...

How beautiful! What a special, enduring friendship. I'm glad that we've been blog friends for many years. I'm honored that you take the time to read my blog!

Amanda Summer said...

What a beautiful story (and photos) about you and your friend - those enduring ones from long ago are gold!