Enjoy the summer while it’s here

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Just like that, mid-July is upon us. If you’re like us, you look around wondering where those first weeks of summer have gone. And you’re thinking of ways to get out and enjoy the rest of another Maine summer while we still have it.

We have some ideas.

The Bigelow Reserve in Franklin County has more than 36,000 acres of public land, seven peaks and a multitude of hiking trails. across the state, West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Lubec offers the opportunity to watch the sunrise at the easternmost point of the continental United States

The Aroostook Valley Country Club straddles the border between the United States and Canada. The pro shop and parking lot are in Fort Fairfield, and the course and clubhouse are in Canada. A stray shot on several holes can cross the international border. It’s a unique chance to be bad – or good – at golf in two countries.

Mackworth Island in Falmouth is home to the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, located on Percival Baxter’s former family estate. The island also has a 1.5 mile loop trail that offers great views of Casco Bay.

Some call Gulf Hagas, near Brownville, “the Grand Canyon of the East”. This may be a slight exaggeration, but the winding hike along the river gorge is beautiful.

We’ve always found that blueberries taste a little better when you pick them yourself. You can find a U-pick on the farm (and call ahead to make sure they’re open!). And if you like a good festival, a busier lineup is back after a few years of pandemic hiatus. If you didn’t make it to the Moxie Festival in Lisbon this weekend, there are still plenty of options to come. The Maine Lobster Festival will take place in Rockland from August 3-7 (disclosure: BDN is a sponsor).

There are also other off-the-beaten-path excursions here in Pine Tree State, and BDN reporter Emily Burnham has already compiled a handy list of them. Have you ever wanted to see a wooden sculpture of Richard Nixon? Head to the Bernard Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing. And if you want to dial a trip to the world’s largest telephone, head to Bryant Pond. Summer activities abound here at Vacationland.

Perhaps that’s why so many people have spent so much time and words explaining the singular beauty of this state.

“What happens to me when I cross the Piscataqua and plunge quickly into Maine at the cost of a seventy-five cent toll? I can’t describe it,” writer EB White wrote in “Home-Coming”, which is basically a love letter to maine.

“The beauty of Maine is such that you can’t really see it clearly while you live here,” wrote Alexander Chee, who spent part of his childhood here. a 2016 essay in Acadia National Park. “But now that I’ve moved away, with each return, everything becomes almost mind-blowing: the dark blue water, the rocky coast with occasional flashes of white sand, the jasper stone beaches along the coast, the forests of pines and firs somehow vivid in their stillness.The sun, more intense through the clear air, makes it all even more distinct.

Not to argue with Chee, but we can confirm that it’s also possible to clearly see the beauty of Maine while you live here. And we assume readers have additional ideas of beautiful places to visit. We hope you’ll share them with us and others by sending us a letter to the editor (you can email us at letters@bangordailynews.com). Tell us about a place or experience in Maine that is special to you – or that you’ve always wanted to explore, but haven’t yet. We’ve offered a few suggestions here, but we’ve barely scratched the surface of what summer in Maine has to offer.

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