What are some jokes about Maine

an autumn trip
through Maine, USA

In a book on Maine I read: "Maine is 'a love affair between earth and water'". And everyone who was there can confirm that. Maine, the northeasternmost state in the United States, has more than 2,000 lakes, 5,000 rivers and a wild coast of around 5,500 kilometers. And in autumn there is an additional love affair, the "Indian Summer", the impressive and beautiful autumn colors of nature, trees and bushes. About 90% of Maine is forest, although the original stock has long been felled. Used in the paper industry and shipbuilding until the end of the 19th century. .
Well, I am not going to be giving a treatise on Maine here, but I hope to give you a picture of the beauty of this area, especially in autumn. If you want to see it with your own eyes, I highly recommend it. The first 3 weeks in October are the best for this. Then you can follow the course of the "Indian Summer" from north to south.

The best you can do is fly to Boston and rent a car there, or an RV (Aarvie) if you want to explore the area with a camper. We arrived in warm Boston on September 27th, stayed in a hotel near the airport, and drove north the next morning. In Harpswell, not far from Brunswick, we stayed for a day and enjoyed the wonderful landscape by the ocean and bays with islands, etc. I would like to live here if the winters weren't so severe and long !!
On September 29th we drove further north via Route 1, visiting beautiful Camden on the coast to 'Acadia National Park' on 'Mount Desert Island'. We stayed at a motel for 2 nights a few miles from Bar Harbor, which I recommend. Clean and inexpensive. The surroundings and the national park are beautiful! The second most visited park in the United States. And not without reason. That may be so, now it's pretty quiet here !! From the highest peak, Cadillac Mountain, 466 meters, there is an excellent view on all sides, including Bar Harbor. In one word 'breathtaking'. We also did a whale-watching trip and actually saw some whales. Something like that should be done once in a lifetime! Then we drove along the coast, with lots of rocks and cliffs. I even saw a snake eating a frog. (See albums) Now the blaze of color begins, especially with the native maples.
Bar Harbor is an attractive city where more days could be spent! From here you can do 'whale watching', admire a sunset from the boat, do some shopping. The day before, the 'Queen Elisabeth II' was here and that caused a lot of excitement with many passengers. In 1947 there was a devastating fire here, which set fire to almost the entire city, including a large part of the forest. You can still see that until now.

Especially the coastline of this' Acadia National Park 'is very beautiful with cliffs, a sandy beach that is special here, with the' Thunder Hole ', where the waves crash on the cliffs with thundering force, etc. There is even an azalea park here, the' Asticoupark '.
We haven't seen everything by far - you should be here for at least a week. Highly recommended!
From Bar Harbor you can take a very fast ferry, the 'Catferry', to Nova Scotia in Canada. We wanted to visit friends again who live in Antigonish in the eastern part. Nova Scotia is a peninsula with a very interesting coastline of about 2,500 km. With picturesque harbor towns, sea bays, Hoochmoore, where rare plants still grow. In 2000 we were already here with our friends - that's why we have been here for 2 days. On Monday, October 4th, we made a trip to the southeastern part of the island, to 'Canso Bay', and here I collected seeds from the so-called 'pitcher plant', a bog plant with red-brown flowers. And seeds of Cornus canadenseis, etc.
On Tuesday, October 5th, we drove north, first through rain, then it got dry and even sunny. Through the province of 'New Brunswick', along the coast to Baie-Saint-Anne, not far from Miramichi. On Wednesday inland to the capital, Frederickton. We stayed nearby and on October 7th we drove back to Maine, USA. At the border we were told that moose had been seen on the highway and that we should drive carefully. But no trace of the mosses! Probably because many trucks thundered by, loaded with tree trunks. We arrived in the evening near Millinocket, south of 'Baxter State Park', where we stayed for 3 days. This region is particularly beautiful. The autumn color was only really visible here.

for more recordings see album Indian Summer 1 (with a slow connection you will need a little patience)

To bed early in the evening, out early in the morning - something special for me. Then on to 'Baxter State Park'. Here it is an oasis of calm, the silence and the view make a strong impression. We walk on a 'trail' to a lake, the 'Sandy Stream Pond' and see some huge boulders on the shore. Then we stand on it with some other photographers and admire the colorful landscape. In front of us the lake, in which the mountains are reflected. In the background on the horizon the 'Katahdin', about 1,600 meters high. The water is very shallow, no wind, just silence. Sometimes silence is the most beautiful music !!
Then we see some mosses emerging from the forest. It looks like they are taking their morning bath here. They have fun splashing around in the water. Unfortunately, my camera doesn't reach more than 200mm, but they are clearly visible. Then 2 'white-tailed deers' come into the water and play along. What a pleasure to be able to see it here. But, unfortunately, after a quarter of an hour 'water show' they disappear again into the forest. We wait to see if more animals come, but in vain. We walk around the lake, but nothing more to see. But what we saw was beautiful!
We then drove through the park, went canoeing, took a lot of pictures. The nature here is impressive. That day was a 'peak day'.
Saturday the ninth of october. We drive and hike through the wooded area southwest of 'Baxter State Park' on unpaved roads that are only used by trucks with logs on weekdays. Along lakes like the 'Upper Jo-Mary Lake' where we see an abandoned campsite. There is absolute silence here. I like that. As if we are experiencing 'primeval nature' here. Gradually the streets get narrower and sometimes bumpy. Then we meet a group of 3 young men. These 'birdwatchers' obviously have more fun with off-road driving than with birds, which we don't see much here. And when I assume that this is somehow their 'boyhood dream', this is fully confirmed. When we go back later, they are by the campfire, frying sausages. Yes, life is good like that.

October 10th - we are leaving this area and today we continue to our next destination, Dexter. We are lucky with the weather, it is very sunny! Every now and then we get out to take pictures in villages like Brownville Junction. Look typically American, white houses, white churches, and that in a setting of trees in red, yellow and orange in various shades.
October 11th, after a wonderful breakfast at the Brewster Inn in Dexter, we continue west towards Bethel. On Route 2 where there is a lot of traffic now. Once in the village of 'Mexico', we take Route 17 north. Following the Swift River. How wonderful it is here! Colorful! There are some small waterfalls that are very photogenic, like the creek with the stones in the river bed. I take a lot of pictures here. Unfortunately the clouds are increasing.
Route 17 to the north takes us higher and higher until we come to 'Mooselookmeguntic Lake'. We have a wonderful view here. Then someone tells us that a few miles further there is an even better view of Rangeley Lake. Indeed, we have seldom had such a wide and beautiful view. When it's sunny again, we have to come back here. Then we travel south on Route 26 to our destination, Bethel.
Tuesday October 12th is a rainy day - well, you can't always be lucky. What now? We drive west, to New Hampshire on Route 113 to the 'White Mountain National Forest'. In sunny weather it must be wonderful here. We continue our drive to North Fryeburg and Lovell along 'Kezar Lake' via Route 5 and 35 back to the hotel in Bethel.
Wednesday October 13th. We take Route 26 south - it should be very nice, but it disappoints us a little. So we decide to drive north again, again on Route 17. To 'Rangeley Lake. I took a lot of photos, of course. We continue to the southeast via Route 4 and come through villages like Peru, Sweden, Norway, Paris etc. Whether we are in South America or Europe. In Rumford we find a large 'wallmart' where we try to get something to eat. There we get these gigantic portions, delicious yes, but enough for an elephant ...
Back at our hotel we find a bouquet of flowers for both of us. From the restaurant where we had breakfast early in the morning. Thank you, Sonya and Michael ..... What a long time, married for 32 years ......

Thursday October 14th. So lucky to be sunny again while it's raining in the west. We take Route 26 again but now head north along the 'Bear River'. There are some waterfalls there. We park in a parking lot in Grafton Notch Park, from where you can hike through the mountains via hiking trails. E.g. over the 'Old Speck Mountains Trails'. Old bacon - is that a joke to lose old bacon? We have a drink in the car and then a park attendant knocks on the car - there are young moose here next door. Indeed, they are still young.
Then continue north and then right towards Andover. I still climb to a waterfall and on to a lake, 'Ellis Pond'. It is breathtakingly beautiful here. And quiet. The village looks completely deserted. Then we talk to a lady with a Syberian Husky dog. She says that most of the residents of Florida 'wintered over'. It can be freezing cold here. Down to minus 30 C. And windy. This is what primeval nature must look like. I would like to experience that.
The lake lies before us, half in the sunlight, half cloudy, the water smoothed by the calm. The right atmosphere for taking photos. What a great view. You never forget that ......
Friday October 15th. We leave Bethel after our last breakfast with Sonya and Michael and drive towards Harpswell., To our friends Anne and John Perry. She cooks very well and he is a good storyteller. It's nice to have good friends.
October, 16th. Saturday. After a lovely breakfast we drive to a restaurant in North Yarmouth where I have an afternoon slide show about rhododendrons. For the Maine division of the ARS. After the official part of the annual meeting, I have my presentation. I'm trying to make a show of it with a competition to see who knows the most. Tom York from Bath wins a white sweater with the ARS emblem. We have a very cozy afternoon, rounded off with a delicious dinner, where I always have to get used to the way the Americans prepare the potatoes. Mrs. Anne Perry gets a new 'Award' from me, the "Dutch Delft Blue Rhodo Award", something with a Dutch mill on it. Or wooden shoes ......
October 17 is a quiet day. We're strolling through the Harpswell area by car. And also visit the rhododendron garden of the ARS department. It's not easy to have rhododendrons here in this harsh climate, but the plants looked good!

for more recordings, see album Indian Summer 2 (with a slow connection a bit of patience)

October 18th is our last day of vacation here in Maine. In the morning I take a rowing boat from the Perry family across the sea bays, along islands, etc. How nice the people live here. You can even buy such a small island and build a house on it. You have to bring some money with you .... In winter it is also cold here, and after a lot of snow in March there is 'slush' here. In the afternoon we visited Tom York's nursery, also a hobby that 'got out of hand'.
We would like to thank the Perry family for their friendship and good food. Goodbye! Thanks to the 'Indian Summer' we had a wonderful trip.


Tips and information:

I can recommend the following websites to you: www.mainetourism.com www.gotravelmaine.com www.midcoastmaine.com www.bethelmaine.com www.westernmaine.org www.rangeleymaine.com www.themainehighlands.com www.katahdinMaine.com. As you know, it is easy to get from one website to another.
About the 'Indian Summer' itself: www.yankeefoliage.com or www.mainefoliage.com

I have 2 recommendations for good accommodation: www.brewsterinn.com hospitable accommodation in a comfortable inn, in Dexter. And give our regards to Ivy and Michael Brooks. For clean and cheap accommodation without breakfast, I can recommend: www.acadia.net/robbins $ 38 in Sept. \ Oct 2004. !! 3 miles before Bar Harbor at # 3
For more tourist information, the American Automobile Association, the AAA, tour books for each state. Available at any AAA office. Internet www.aaa.com Show your own map of the state automobile company. Free of charge, so ...
Cards are important too! Available from the AAA, but a very good map, actually as a book, is the Atlas for Maine, the Delorme: "The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer". Buy now in the US !!

And at the end a few more books:

In German, in the series 'Reise Know-How': "Canada's East \ USA Northeast" very recent, June 2004! More than 700 pages! www.reise-know-how.de or www.reisebuch.de
"TourBook" Maine, New Hampshire & Vermont, www.aaa.com
In German: "HB Bildatlas Nr. 46 New England \ Boston", ISBN 3-616-06446-5 bookshops in Germany etc.

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