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Old 08-02-2009, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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My wife and I arrived at the house we've rented for the week on Caribou Pond yesterday afternoon. We came up from our home in Virginia, and it was a long enough trip that we took two days to do it, stopping overnight in Connecticut. It was also the first very long road trip we've taken with our dog (adopted this January), and we figured it would be easier on all of us if we didn't try to do all 800 miles in one day ... and I think we figured right.

Coming up 95 ... I guess we were between Augusta and Bangor at that point ... my wife said that although she had never lived in Maine, and had visited Maine not nearly as often as she would have liked, she felt like she was coming home whenever she was lucky enough to be here.

I told her that I've felt the same way since I was a kid, visiting the Augusta area literally every summer (and sometimes literally from the day after school got out in June to Labor Day weekend) from 1955 through 1970, with many visits to various regions of Maine after that as well.

I know that visits - no matter how long or varied or frequent - aren't the same as actually living here. And I realize that there's a vast gap between childhood memories and grown-up realities.

Still, I love Maine.

We're retired, and once the housing market gets back on its feet, we'll be selling our now-too-big house and looking to downsize. At that point, if we decide to relocate out of Virginia (something I personally would like to do), our first choice would be New England ... and increasingly, our preference would be Maine.

When we stopped at the Hannaford's in Lincoln, I overheard a couple of people talking in the parking lot, saying that maybe summer was finally here. After reading many of the messages on the Maine forum this summer about the "summer that didn't happen", I was watching the long-range forecast for Lincoln on a daily basis. And when, last week, the forecast started to look pretty good for this coming week, I didn't dare get my hopes up. BUT - knock on wood - I think we're really lucked out, and we're not going to have the rainout I really didn't want to see.

I'll take Maine in any weather, but good weather is better.
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Old 08-02-2009, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Southwestern Ohio
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Greengene, it always feel like home and that makes it a sad experience to leave sometimes. My DH when asked how hard it would be for him to go home after our upcoming vacation said, "Home? I am home. but will have to go back to my tamprorary arrangements for a while before I can get back home again." (I paraphrased a little) He made me laugh, but we know Maine is our one and only home. We're just not there yet.
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Old 08-02-2009, 07:50 AM
 
Location: On a Slow-Sinking Granite Rock Up North
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Welcome!
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Old 08-02-2009, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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Greengene - Welcome to Maine and I hope you have a fantastic vacation. Where is Caribou Pond? I have lived in Maine for over 45 years and that is a new one to me. One would assume it is in or near Caribou but maybe not. If it is in the Caribou area you certainly did have a LONG trip. You are very wise to break up the 800 mile drive. So many people fall asleep at the wheel after driving way to many miles, and that would have been a tragedy. I think your week will be far sunnier than most of the ones in July.
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Old 08-02-2009, 10:05 AM
 
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There are probably no less than a dozen Caribou Ponds in Maine. Like Moose pond,deer pond,bear pond fish pond,lilly pond (probably 100 lilly ponds) etc when someone saw a caribou standing near it it became caribou pond.
Welcome to Maine and enjoy your stay. Looks like you got the best of the summer weather! My wife has had a week off in May,June and July so far this year and it rained all three weeks!
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Old 08-02-2009, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Greengene - Welcome to Maine and I hope you have a fantastic vacation. Where is Caribou Pond? I have lived in Maine for over 45 years and that is a new one to me.
Hello, Newdaawn. The Caribou Pond where we're staying is about an hour north of Bangor, straight up 95 to Route 6 heading east/northeast. Caribou Pond, Egg Pond, and Long Lake are all connected, and we think we'll get some good kayaking in this week.

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My wife has had a week off in May,June and July so far this year and it rained all three weeks!
Now that's just not right. But I understand that's the way it's been in Maine this summer. In Virginia, we went from having rain every day to no rain at all, and I doubt we had more than one or two days that hit 90 degrees or more ... and that's unusually "cool" for us!
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Old 08-02-2009, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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... Coming up 95 ... I guess we were between Augusta and Bangor at that point ... my wife said that although she had never lived in Maine, and had visited Maine not nearly as often as she would have liked, she felt like she was coming home whenever she was lucky enough to be here.
I hear you.





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... I told her that I've felt the same way since I was a kid, visiting the Augusta area literally every summer (and sometimes literally from the day after school got out in June to Labor Day weekend) from 1955 through 1970, with many visits to various regions of Maine after that as well.

I know that visits - no matter how long or varied or frequent - aren't the same as actually living here. And I realize that there's a vast gap between childhood memories and grown-up realities.
It only gets better, when you stay here year around.



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... Still, I love Maine.

We're retired, ...
Maine is a wonderful place to retire to.



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. ... At that point, if we decide to relocate out of Virginia (something I personally would like to do), our first choice would be New England ... and increasingly, our preference would be Maine.
We have lived in the Virginia 'tide-water area' a couple times.

I prefer Maine too!



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... When we stopped at the Hannaford's in Lincoln, I overheard a couple of people talking in the parking lot, saying that maybe summer was finally here. After reading many of the messages on the Maine forum this summer about the "summer that didn't happen", I was watching the long-range forecast for Lincoln on a daily basis. And when, last week, the forecast started to look pretty good for this coming week, I didn't dare get my hopes up. BUT - knock on wood - I think we're really lucked out, and we're not going to have the rainout I really didn't want to see.

I'll take Maine in any weather, but good weather is better.
Have fun!

Last edited by Submariner; 08-02-2009 at 12:36 PM.. Reason: sp3ll!ng
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Old 08-02-2009, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Syracuse IS Central New York.
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I know exactly how GreenGene feels. I am looking forward to seeing that Welcome to Maine sign on Route 25 next week.
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Old 08-02-2009, 03:50 PM
 
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Smile Wecome to Maine

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I know exactly how GreenGene feels. I am looking forward to seeing that Welcome to Maine sign on Route 25 next week.
The sign when entering the State clearly has it correct:

Welcome to Maine
The Way Life Should Be
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Old 08-02-2009, 05:10 PM
 
Location: New England
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I ran into a gentleman in Connecticut with a "Mainer living in exhile" T shirt. He left Maine because he was having trouble finding work back in 1946 and said that he still gets excited every time he gets to go back "home."
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