To escape the muddy trails of April, we drove an hour south to the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. Laudholm Beach is open to the public along with several acres of trails through the wetlands.
There are loose rocks to cross and tidal pools to hop so hiking boots are prudent. It's well worth it for the calm ocean vista, only a quarter hour drive from busy Kennebunkport.
The muted colors of mud season suit this landscape very well.
Nature is a fine sculptor too.
When we returned home, I was delighted to find our crocuses in bloom. Spring is here at long last!