Barry Tripp here, checking in from Old Orchard Beach where my wife Sherri and I own the Ocean Tripp Inn. We offer surf lessons with rentals and we are nestled right down next to the sand. The weather has been stellar, so I've surfed nearly every day and haven't worn a wetsuit in weeks, which is something I can't say too often. We're lucky to be running our little surf school, sharing a sport that magically connects you to the ocean and provides an unmatched stoke for the soul. I'm always amazed at the excitement folks have when they catch their first wave, and we're proud to be part of their amazing memories. The summer has been just perfect and the beach provides tons of activities in our little corner of Maine. The striper fishing has been great from the beach, kayak and boat – I even tried it from a stand-up paddle board which didn't turn out so well. We have several beach volleyball courts along the beach with one right outside our front door. It's always nice to see the folks getting their morning run in on our 7 miles of shore front, from Camp Ellis to Pine Point. Oh, I can't forget about downtown, where there's an amusement park and pier offering great food, music and games.
The last few nights we've felt a hint of the seasonal change with night time temperatures dropping just a bit. Although we're not giving up on summer yet, it is nice to anticipate our family pilgrimage north to the mountains, where we have a home in Carrabassett Valley on Sugarloaf Mountain. I know it's a little early to be thinking of powder turns, but Carrabassett Valley is the kind of place where you can experience epic conditions and make friends for life.
Before I go, just a little "heads up" – I was talking with a women from Chicago on the beach yesterday. She said, "You would never know about Old Orchard Beach unless you stopped and took the time to enjoy what is offered. You have to experience the beauty of the sights, sounds and people."
I'll check in again this fall. In the meantime, get out here and enjoy!