Amusement Parks are decidedly not a winter activity in Maine. The rides sit deserted and motionless against the cold, quiet sky. The boardwalk is closed as the seasonal shops are locked up and windows shuttered. Only a handful of people walk the empty beaches.
The hallmark of Palace Playland in Old Orchard Beach is the Pier but it is especially lonely in the winter. With no people strolling its wooden planks, it appears abandoned as it waits for summer to return while braving the winter storms that batter it.
Sitting on its pillars at it juts out into the ocean, it is fully exposed to the elements.
Here is a link to a youtube video made by Ben Williamson for Down East that shows a winter storm in action at the pier: Nor’easter at the Old Orchard Beach Pier | March 2, 2018
The Pier has had its share of rebirths over the years necessitated by fire or brutal winter storms such as the blizzard of 1978 that destroyed most of the pier. Like a phoenix, it keeps rising. It was reopened in its current incarnation in 1980.
Mother nature continues to try to take the pier down, but after over 100 years anchoring Old Orchard Beach, she has two traits that I love: grit and resiliency.
Do you like to visit summer destinations in winter?
(n.d.). Retrieved March 23, 2018, from http://www.oobpier.com/history.html
Williamson , Ben. Nor’easter at the Old Orchard Beach Pier | March 2, 2018, YouTube, 2 Mar. 2018, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug-w0l6JWyo&feature=youtu.be.
I’m participating in a Blogging A-Z Challenge for April 2018. I will be posting new content every day this month except most Sundays. Each post is associated with a letter of the alphabet, starting with A and ending with Z. My theme for the challenge is Winters in Maine. To read more of my A to Z posts, click HERE.
|things to know|
|Address||1 Old Orchard St, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064|
|Winter Scene||Empty Pier|
|Website||Old Orchard Beach Pier|
|Favorite ♥||My Daughter’s Passion for Music|