Two years ago as part of celebrating Maine Coast Sea Vegetables’ 40th year, we took a group adventure to nearby Schoodic Point, where Shep and Linnette Erhart harvested their first Alaria fronds. What follows is Seraphina Erhart’s account of that trip, and the memories it brought to the surface…
Life in a tidal pool
This summer, we took the whole Maine Coast Sea Vegetables team out to Schoodic Point to show all the wonderful people who work here year round, what the plants are like in the wild. Like our customers, many of our staff had no idea what the plants they work with every day look like in their natural habitat. We also generally appreciated where we live and what we have here in Downeast Maine.
On this outing I was taken back to many days of my childhood spent on the very same rocks and I was so happy to see my co-workers with looks of childish excitement on their faces! I have many fond memories of spending hours and hours playing in tidal pools on Schoodic Point while my parents harvested below the tide line (this is no longer allowed by the National Park).
Identifying seaweed in a tidal pool
Liz wades in…but not above the boots! :)
With each visit there would be a stern warning from my mother (aka Linnette) “do not get wet” and every time I would push the limits of how far I could go into the big tidal pools and keep the water out of my boots. I’m pretty sure my socks were soggy at the end of most days! But the joy I found in those tidal pools outweighed the scolding for having wet feet!
It took me an embarrassing number of years to appreciate my time in those pools, outside, playing in the water, on the rocks and enjoying Mother Nature in all her wonder. For years I was mortified by the ‘weird’ business my family ran. But as time has passed and life experiences have taught me, I’ve realized, baby pictures on the company website and all, my family built something to be proud of. And I’m happy to be back in the fold working full time for the future of this business and the seaweed resources we depend on.
Schoodic’s cobble beaches
Our trip to Schoodic helped me to deepen my appreciation for the work we do and where we live, as well as my co-workers and family. What a great way to spend a beautiful spring day, celebrating forty years in business!
The Maine Coast crew!