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Friday, August 28, 2009

A Slice of Maine Life in Summer

Maine is a beautiful state. I am fortunate enough to live within five to 35 minutes of sandy beaches, lofty lighthouses, and rocky shores. The other day I took a drive with camera in tow so I could share some of the local beauty with my blogger friends, many of whom have never been to Maine, and some who live so far away, they may never get to see the area.


Just three miles from my house is Old Orchard Beach of which I posted pictures here: http://tiny.cc/BBQBx . OOB—as the locals call it—is only one of very many beaches within a short distance of my house.


Higgins Beach is in Scarborough, which is approximately 20 minutes away. A beautiful, sandy beach which sees a lot of surf, it is popular with swimmers and surfers. The recent hurricanes brought in waves 6 to 12 feet high. This invariably brings out the surfer dudes in their wetsuits looking to ride the big wave. The slide show below includes several pictures of Higgins Beach.


North of Higgins Beach lie Scarborough Beach State Park, Crescent Beach State Park, and Kettle Cove State Park. All three have beautiful white sand but slightly less surf. Admission is charged at the State Parks, but it is minimal. These are also less than 30 minutes from my home.


Just beyond Crescent Beach is Two Lights State Park, and beyond that lie Fort Williams Park and Portland Head Light. The beach at Ft. Williams is rocky, but the scenery is lovely, there are old fort ruins to explore, and there is no admission charge. Also, Portland Head Light is located there.


I love the state of Maine and really wouldn’t want to live anywhere else—even though the winters can be a challenge!

Enjoy the slide show....

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33 comments:

Lauren said...

Oh, it looks beautiful! Maine is one of about 7 states I haven't been to. I hope to remedy that some day! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

bettyl said...

I never made it to Maine, but I'm glad you shared it with us! I also have learned to appreciate the ocean and all that comes with it.

mzbehavin said...

I know Maine... and it's winters...... intimately....

living like 10 minutes from the Candian Border..... I often wish it were the Mexican Border....

Vodka Logic said...

I spent 4 years of college in Springvale, ME and unfortunately didn't get to explore Maine too much. Did go to Acadia which is beautiful.

Lovely picturess
xx

Lynette said...

Beautiful...every country and state has its own unique beauty.

jules said...

You're pics are great! I'm going to a wedding in Bar Harbor, Maine in September for the first time ever. Can't wait to see it!

Silly Mommy said...

Maine has always been one place I would LOVE to live if money wasn't an issue and my heart didn't belong to the West Coast!
Plus the idea of fresh lobster (and possibly not having to pay the high prices we do over here in CA) just makes me glaze over and drool every time I think about it! Mmmm....

Mesina said...

What a fabulous idea to share a bit of home with us! In fact, it's inspired me a little bit..hmm watch this space!

Being an American myself, I grew up on the coast of Oregon and you do tend to take it for granted when you live there. Looking back at pictures now from my hometown makes me see the beauty. I immigrated to England 10 years ago and I'm still in awe over the scenes, buildings and wonders that England has to hold. When I visit the continent, I'm in equal awe, the cultures are enough to inspire even the most dreary of folks. My other half is Dutch and I've gotten to see the likes of Holland and experience the sights there. Im a lucky gal! Oh and he's also dead sexy...rawr!

I've always wanted to see Maine, since my favorite author Stephen King comes from there! xx

Scrappy Girl said...

I would love to travel to Maine...the pics are gorgeous!

The Good Cook said...

Thanks for sharing. One of our most treasured memories as a family is camping in Maine. Just beautiful - but of course it was summer... NOT one of those famous Maine winters..

Steven Anthony said...

Beautiful.....I know what you mean, Michigan where I live, Im just na walk from beaches, lighthouses ect....but the winters kill...still there truly is no place like home:)

Thanks for sharing, truly awesome.

Lisa C Writes said...

Wow, what beautiful pictures, makes me wanna visit Maine!! I've read about it in books with my children while homeschooling. We have all seen it on maps and one day plan on visiting Maine as we travel the country in our RV!!!

Thanks for visiting my site and I'm glad that my words are a part of you now :)

The Vegetable Assassin said...

I have never been to Maine and it's high on my list of places I'd LIKE to visit because I hear from anyone who's been that the coast is just gorgeous. I love rustic seaside towns and fishing villages and stuff like that and of course the ocean. I grew up 30 minutes from the sea and now I'm about as far from it as it's possible to be - dead in the middle of the country - so I miss the salt in the air and the cool ocean breezes. Ahhh. LOVE the photos. :) If I ever get to Maine, I'll come buy you and the Mr. a fruity cocktail.

Jen said...

Great pictures, Eva. People in Maine are more apt to take the beauty for granted. Some have never seen our beautiful coastline, georgeous mountains and quaint cities/towns. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

Lena Blair said...

Thank you for leaving me a comment, I guess it was perfect timing that I got roll call 200, thats good since I am new and want some visits!!!! Thanks again!!!!

Queen-Size funny bone said...

I love Maine and have spent a lot of time in Wells and Ogunquit. this year is the first time i haven't gone. it makes me very sad.

Angel said...

I love Maine, especially the Lobster! I do a study on lighthouses and I collect them as well...

Thanks for visiting my clog!

Entrepreneur Chick said...

Thank you so much for this post! I did not know you lived in Maine! I used to vacation in Bar Harbor- the off season was best. Was actually thinking of Maine today because in Texas, it's still hot. (But last night on the lake, you could feel fall in the air.) Yeah.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Maine is one place I've always wanted to visit. It looks like PARADISE.
Thanks for sharing.
xo

MiMi said...

Beautiful. Would love to visit there.

Mimi said...

Awesome post! Happy Saturday Sharefest!

Meeko Fabulous said...

I love lighthouses! I plan to visit each state at least once in my lifetime. :)

Pam @ This Humble House said...

Hi Eva! Wow! I'm so jealous of where you live!! We just DO NOT have that kind of natural beauty here in West Texas!! I haven't seen a beach since I was 12! So pretty!!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a great weekend!

~ Pam

Robin said...

Although I'm partial my Rhode Island.....Main is beautiful.....and way beyond the shores too. We do have beautiful country up here in the north east....don't we?

Hope you are having a beautiful weekend.

Take care and Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest

CougarTales said...

Pictures are beautiful! I have never been to Maine. Thanks for stopping by my blog today and for your kind words!
- CougarTales
http://www.cougar-tales.blogspot.com/

Melissa Miller said...

Hello Eva,
It's so nice to meet you! I really appreciate your kind visit to my blog today. You're always welcome!

Your blog is just wonderful! I have always heard Maine is such a beautiful state. Maybe one day we will be lucky enough to visit.

Blessings to you my friend,
~Warmly, ~Melissa :)

Tesa said...

It's sounds beautiful. Maine is on my list for visiting some day.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Mama Plays Mozart said...

I lived in Boston for 3 years and always meant to, but never got the chance to visit Maine. Your post has inspired me to plan a road trip!

Liz said...

I love Maine I use to camp at Long Lake Shores. Thanks for stopping by

Hannah said...

What amazing pictures. It looks beautiful there.

Amanda said...

Ohhh.....someday I hope!!! I know I just can't wait for my first Maine lobster!! And to sit on a rocky shorline and stare at the ocean...

Thanks for sharing!

Blessings-
Amanda

Jill said...

Beautiful!!
My in-laws and sister in law are in Maine and we look forward to our visits with them! WHAT a gorgeous place!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Very beautiful place. One day The Captain and I will visit Maine. The sooner the better!