Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Moody beach by Deborah


            I first visited Moody Beach as a child.  It was my parents’ anniversary and after my father got out of work we took a ride from Strafford, New Hampshire to the shore.  We picked up a pizza in a paper bag, ate it while watching the surf and walked the beach before heading home.

I had never seen a more beautiful beach; the sand was white and very soft.  It was low tide and the beach was so flat it seemed to go out forever before you reached the waters edge. 

            My husband also has nostalgic childhood memories of Moody Beach. He spent one childhood summer on Moody beach and remembered very fondly jumping off the footbridge into the Ogunquit River.  It’s no wonder that in 2006 when we found a tiny waterfront cottage for sale right at the edge of Moody Beach, that we did not hesitate to put in our offer.

            Moody beach is located just north of Ogunquit in Wells, Maine.  The beach runs from Ogunquit beach to Moody Point on Ocean Ave.  It is approximately 1 mile long.  I love to walk the length of Moody beach onto Ogunquit beach and up to the footbridge.  From the footbridge I walk alongside the dunes and river back to our cottage.  Some days I walk the additional 3.5 miles of  Ogunquit beach and spend some time in the shops and local restaurants in Ogunquit before returning the same way. 

            In 1989 Twenty-Eight Moody beachfront owners filed a suit in Supreme Court which ultimately resulted in making Moody a private beach.  This means that people not lucky enough to own or rent on Moody cannot sit or sunbathe in front of the homes, only on the public ways unless they are fishing, fowling or navigating. 

            If you are lucky enough to spend any of your summer on Moody I think you will agree with me.  Moody is the best beach in Maine.


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