Maine has four seasons, and being outdoors year round is the plan.
To fill your lungs with fresh, clean air. To enjoy, eyeball the natural unspoiled setting that is so varied in a state as big as Maine. To try your hand at a slew of Maine outdoor recreational options. Limited only by your imagination. Folks in Maine don't hibernate winters either.
Because Maine temperatures are not stifling, because humidity is not making you feel like passing out, being outside is pleasant. More on Maine weather explained.
So if living in the fourth lowest crime state. It's safe to wander around, explore, discover the nooks and crannies of Maine that make Vacationland so special, unique.
Lower population levels, 44 people per mile in southern Maine, 11 in the same square mile in Aroostook County means you don't run in to many folks.
But the ones you do are friendly, nod, say hello and are pleasant. Mainers have plenty of elbow room. Are not out to bother anyone and it's vice versa from our neighbors, local community citizens. Even our wildlife in Maine get along as the image above shows.
Maine's history includes rural living which means woods, farming, coastal fishing industries are a big part of day to day life.
They still are and all involve logging in some serious outdoor time. Nothing wrong with warming your bones by a blazing fireplaces, a cherry red wood burning kitchen stove.
But Mainers would rather be hiking a trail, on a frozen lake ice fishing, cross country and down hill skiing. Or on a four wheeler ATV trails, sailing across a lake. Swimming in it to cool off and get some healthy exercise.
Spring gardens get planted as the seed catalogs arrive. Folks in Maine have huge lawns too. It's like haying I guess and a carry over of days where everyone lived on the farm. That beautiful lawn shows you loud and clear the fruits of your labor. And the respect you have for the property that lawn surrounds, that you and I worked hard to buy, improve, raise a family in. Kayaking, canoeing Maine's rivers and streams, swelled from winter snow run off is another sign spring is here.
Summer is fourth of July celebrations, outdoor lake grilling, biking back roads, walks at night under the stars, the full moon. Up early to brew some coffee and get out on the lake, pond or oceanfront to cast a line, fish. Or just float, bob along in a brightly colored kayak. 70 degrees is the average, comfortable summer temperature in Maine.
Sailing and hearing only the wind or water skiing behind a boat, all are variations on a Maine waterfront theme.
Camping on Maine's many islands, kids catching fire flies, cooking on a fire create the perfect setting for figuring out life.
When you hike Mt Katahdin at Baxter Park, or are on Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park, the setting, taking in the 360 degree panoramic view is spiritual, hitting you deeply.
Fall means harvesting crops and youth working on Maine farms. Blueberry raking, potato picking, broccolibox packing.
Apple picking, farmer's markets with natural home made goodness and no artificial perservatives.
Cooler mornings and evenings when the sun disappears but warm afternoons to gather in the bounty of the Earth.
Hunting trips to woods camps. Biking, hiking, getting your winter supply of wood lot logs to split, stack, store.
And the back drop of it all the fall colors of Maine's famous foliage. Where Jack Frost and Mother Nature join forces, tag team for an explosion of color. A second bloom I call it.
Winter is a white blanket of new snow and all the options to play on it. The coldest winters are the ones Maine gets little snow.
Because it acts as an insulator, wind break. Snow sledding on Maine's 3500 miles of snowmobiling trails means we look forward to white stuff in the forecast.
We need it to cross country and down hill ski. To play pond hockey. To strap on some snowshoes and head to a remote Maine wood's camp.
Local small Maine towns have fierce pride for their basketball, hockey teams too and winter games help keep the season moving. Being on the Canadian border means trips across the boundary to leave the country for a little jaunt, something different without having to spend a wallet full of money. Maine, she'll grab your heart, give you an offer you won't want to refuse. Come for a day, stay a life time. Maine is the way life should be. Get here quick as you can.
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