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Maine, The way Life should be and the reasons, why would I move there.
The other day at work I was talking with one my co-workers about Maine and how much she loved her time there. Now, if you are from rural VA there are not many people who know Maine, or even want to go there so naturally we spend quite a bit of time talking about the state.
But anyway, Miss D and her husband were stationed up in Machias and she remarked how much she loved the state and how she would love to spend her summers there and the couple of years that they spent there were some of the most pleasant in her life. Now she knows that we summer up in Maine and asked me if we would ever move there and why. That got me to thinking, HMMM what if.....?
Now, since I spend so much time in Maine I can tell you where we would live in a heart beat and hands down it would be in the Oxford Hills region. The obvious reasons are that we have family ties, a house and friends there. But, besides that we are only an hour away from Portland and about 45 minutes from Lewiston-Auburn which are good size cities with good hospitals and the more options for jobs.
Another reason, I would live in Oxford Hills (Norway in particular) is that if you live in town Norway everything is centrally located. Kids could walk to school, the lake is only a mile or two away, walk to the library, and church and if you are inclined you can even walk to Bingo at the American Legion hall. Walmart and grocery stores are only about 5 miles outside of town limits. Not to mention that you are a short drive from the ski resorts and snowmobile trails. Also, Oxford Hills is a place of great beauty in the summer and the fall. In the summer flower gardens abound, in the fall the foliage is incredible and the views of the White Mountains year around is like looking through God's Window.
Another, reason we would move to Maine would be all the outdoor activities that are available in the winter you can ski, snowmobile, ice fish and snow tube, ice skate, play and watch hockey. In the spring, the snow melts and the lupines start blooming and cover the roads and hillsides in a riot of color. People start planning their gardens, the mud runs start and the you can see the state shake off winter. In the summer, what can I say the beaches, camping, swim lessons at the lake, berry picking, flying kites at Portland Headlight and all the festivals and fairs that abound in the state.
In the fall, the air is crisp and clean and mother nature puts on a show of fall foliage that can't be beat. There are hay rides, apple and pumpkin picking, Halloween (for us it is the only place to trick-or-treat), and hunting.
If those weren't reasons enough here are some fun facts about Maine that just make it an interesting place to live:
1) Thomas Danforth was the First President of Maine, and went on later to serve as judge during the Salem Witch Trials. He is also given credit for laying out Fore, Middle and Congress Streets in Portland.
2) Stephen King is a Maine Native lives in Bangor he also has a house in Bridgton where he spends time during the summer.
3) Eastport, Maine is the Eastern most city in the US and is considered to receive the first rays of sunlight in the morning.
4) If you like lobster 90% of the US Lobster supply is caught off the coast of Maine.
5) 99% of the blueberry supply is produced in Maine.
6) 90% of the country's toothpick supply is produced in Maine.
7) Portland Headlight is one of most photographed lighthouses in Maine and was commissioned by George Washington and was first lit in 1791 making it the oldest lighthouse in Maine.
8) Maine contains 542,629 acres of State and National Parks.
9) Maine is the only state that is bordered by one state only. That is New Hampshire by the way.
10) MOXIE. This soda was invented by a Maine native in the 1870's and was more popular than Coke until the 1920s. Moxie is Maine's state beverage and is unique in taste. Every summer in Lisbon Falls Maine the state celebrates this soda during the Moxie Festival.
Needless, to say Maine offers a lot of different things to do whether it is summer, winter or fall. And for me and mine it offers a place of peace and beauty where you can get away from the normal hustle and bustle one finds else where. Maine and Mainers tend to take life a slower pace, value the outdoors and the simpler things in life. Like the smile of child finding the perfect pumpkin in the patch, a yard full of beautiful flowers, home and hearth. It is truly the way life should be.