Last week, we journeyed up the coast a bit and landed ourselves in Damariscotta, home to the Alewives fish ladder (among other lovely people and places in that sweet town). It's become nearly an annual adventure this time of year. The alewives (River Herring) spend their life at sea, but return to freshwater to spawn, quite literally 'jumping' up these ladders to get to their destination. We all think it's a rather amazing little feat of nature that we are lucky to witness when we see these fish. Not to mention all the birds of prey that hoover above. Lots to see and marvel at and wonder about. And so many unspoken life metaphors imagined. (Many more details about the alewives and the ladder restoration efforts can be found on the Damariscotta Mills Fishladder Restoration Project website. This coming weekend happens to hold a festival in the area in honor of those little fish!)
Our trip to see the Alewives also landed us in my favorite mid-coast fabric shop, of the same name. Alewives! It's tradition - that extra little bit of fabric shopping after seeing the fish. You can't mess with tradition, you know. (Results of that fabric fun to come tomorrow.)
An adventure involving my five favorite people, some yarn and some sticks, the ocean, a small miracle of nature, and ending in fabric? Well, those are indeed the makings of a perfect day's adventure.