Columbus Day 2014 – One last day in the sun

PORTLAND – Sometimes I just need to take the afternoon off and go for a walk. Today was one of those days. The day started as many October days do in Maine, cold and dark. The overnight low temperatures hovered in the high 30s and it didn’t look like that would change anytime soon (translation – not until spring).

But within hours the sun was doing its best to remind me not to give up just yet. The temperatures quickly approached 60 degrees and with my camera in hand, I decided to head to Portland with my wife and take a walk around the Eastern Prom on the Portland Trails.

We started on Marginal Way, close to the Maine Running Company (Fleet Feet Maine) and walked around the promenade to the Old Port. By then it was time for lunch.

A cruise ship and its passengers greeted us as we approached the Portland Ferry Terminal, and despite the crowd from the ship, we found a table outside at the Flatbread Company. It was a good day.

By the time we finished, we were warm, full and a little tired, but we had to hike back. Well maybe hiking is just a little exaggeration. Up and over the hill we went and in no time we were back in front of the store. Home again, home again.

All in all, we spent four hours walking, talking, and taking pictures along the way. I hope this isn’t the last adventure in the sunshine, and somehow I don’t think it will be.



David Arenstam

About David Arenstam

Originally from away, but here to stay - Maine is my home and I love writing stories about the people and places from my end of the state. I am a teacher and writer and my first novel, "Homecoming: A Soldier's Story of Loyalty, Courage, and Redemption" is available now at