Mackworth Island


Last week my Mom and I took Mukow to Mackworth Island in Falmouth. It was a super cold day but I needed to get out of the house and thought it would be fun to take Mukow somewhere new! The island is pretty awesome — it’s attached to the mainland by a causeway and has a little parking lot so you can leave your car and wander around. It’s the former home of James Phinney Baxter and of his son, Governor Percival Baxter, and was deeded to the state of Maine in 1943. It’s also the home of the Baxter School for the Deaf. The trail around the perimeter of the island is about 1.25 miles and we walked basically the whole thing, going into the woods on occasion to check things out. It was great — super peaceful.

Mukow got to wear a scarf on the ride there — so classy.

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We walked down some stairs so we could get right next to the water. Mukow was NOT sure what to think…

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“Mom are you okay over there?!?”

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Watching her Gramma come up the stairs…

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Sometimes there’s tape up because part of the cliff caves in and there’s a sheer drop. Oops!

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Mom was pretty sufficiently bundled…

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Oh ocean, how I’ve missed you. ❤

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Just some seaweed in a bush. Not even that close to the water.

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We stumbled upon this on part of the island. Percival Baxter had a lifelong love of Irish Setters, and one of the provisions he made when gifting the island to the state was that the pet cemetery he established would be maintained by the state in perpetuity. He has both dogs and a horse buried here. So cool.

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Some suuuuper straight trees.

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And one curly tree.

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A rock in a hole…

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Mukow desperately wanting to bark at some innocent children.

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