I can’t show you everything we saw in Maine. As I’ve said frequently, you need to go there yourself and explore. But here’s just a few more instances of things unique and/or fun that we ran across in our travels.
Did you know that Maine is the biggest exporter of wild blueberries? You would if you visited Blueberry World and talked to the owner for a bit. We noticed her shop as we were heading somewhere else.
It’s kind of hard to miss, or to resist! Inside were all things blueberry. We bought a few things and talked to her for a bit. She and her husband have a few hundred acres of wild blueberries. They used to be university professors, but they’ve ‘retired’ to become blueberry farmers.
She’s concerned that they can’t do it forever, that help to ‘rake’ the blueberries in the field is getting harder to find. She’s worried about foreign investors buying up all the farms. She’s wondering if she should develop her land, turn it into a subdivision. But she’d lose the wild blueberries, the view, her lifestyle. She says the only way they make it is through sales direct to tourists, that the blueberries going to processing plants don’t have enough profit margin.
We wished her and her 80 year old husband good luck.
Later in our trip, as we were driving through a small coastal town we saw this:
We learned a long time ago on our travels that if you see a crowd headed somewhere you should just fall in and see where it goes. So we turned around, parked the car and wandered up onto the bridge as well. Turns out the crowd was watching lobster boats race.
Now I ask you, where else but Maine could you see such an event?
And all along the way we saw pretty things, interesting things that just didn’t fit into any particular blog. But I thought you’d enjoy a few more shots. Wouldn’t you?
We saw lots of fishing shacks. Some looked like they were being used.
And some didn’t.
We saw lots and lots of boats on trailers in yards. Some had some pretty neat names.
I wonder how people are making a living if their boat is in the yard.
We saw beautiful buildings too, a school sitting in a field of clover….
…and a church along a river in a tiny town.
And finally, these birds just made us laugh.
I hope you chuckle too.
Soon I hope to give you an idea of what people do while in Maine. There’s really too much to share.
But I’ll try.