We love the state of Maine – enough to have lived there many years ago when we were both teachers. We didn’t live near the coast but in the northern woods on the Kennebec River near the small town of Bingham (population 903). We found the intervening years have not been kind to the area.
We took off south and headed for the state capital, Augusta, where we took our daily walk at Viles Arboretum. The green ash forest was our first stop, then we strolled through a display of conifers. At the end of the walk, a number of protective wire cages dotted a field.
We joined our longtime friends, Warren and Ethel, and headed east to Rockland, home of the Farnsworth Art Museum. There was a lot to like at the Museum, starting with the special exhibitions of the Wyeth family paintings and Ai Wei Wei.
The Maine coast is rocky, and we weren’t finished exploring. Another park we visited, Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, is south of Freeport, Maine.
Freeport is home to LL Bean, well known for its famous boots and outdoor gear. In the years since we lived here, Freeport has become famous as a shopping mecca. We browsed in a number of shops ourselves and found the prize of the day in an antique store.
Whatever she makes from the antique scraps will be a souvenir from our return visit to Maine. How perfect is that? Homemade and a memorable story of its own…