Growing up in Florida and living in Texas, there have been numerous opportunities in my life to prepare for a hurricane. In Maine, however, this was a first. It wasn’t certain that Irene would hit the coast, but it’s better to be safe than sorry, so many precautions were exercised.
Rockport Harbor looked like mid October with many boats being pulled
and floating docks were attached to moorings to keep them from splintering in high winds and rough seas.
Though the hurricane did not hit directly, she sent rain and howling winds that caused boats to bob up and down like toys from early Sunday evening and on into the night.
Pipe Dreams weathered the activity better than most as she sat solidly in the harbor.
The water was murky and angry, crashing loudly against the rocks,
and limbs and leaves were everywhere.
Morning broke breezy, clear and warm, leaving all traces of Irene behind.
Notice that the boats have shifted in the harbor and rest more easily on the water.
Waves have settled, the water slides smoothly over the rocks,
and the kayaks are still in place.
All I can think about is how much work was done to ready for the projected storm and how much energy it will take to get all those boats back in the water. It’s possible that many are done for the season. When a storm doesn’t hit, it seems like a lot of effort wasted, but, again, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
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