It Must Be Maine; The Way Life Should Be
After spending five delightful summers at our lakeside cottage in Maine, I have to say that the above state slogan is very appropriate although I think it could be, Maine, Where Memories Are Made. My husband and I have enjoyed experiencing the natural beauty of its rugged ocean coastline, lakes and mountain vistas and indeed have wonderful memories of our time spent in Maine.
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In my first post on Back Road Journal, Let’s Take A Ride I wrote, “many people wish they could have a little place to escape to…by a lake, in the mountains, on a sandy beach or wherever their dreams take them. No matter where, no matter how small a place we find, we all enjoy a little freedom from our everyday life.” When we found our little cottage, we thought the location was perfect…on a lake with its own little beach, in the picturesque small town of Naples in the Lakes Region of Maine only two hours from our New Hampshire home.
The small house which everyone referred to as a camp needed “a little work“. We turned the camp into a cute little cottage decorated with a mixture of old and new, making it an easy to care for summer getaway.
Summers were spent enjoying the slow pace that Maine seems to be all about. Countless books were read in the shade, gardens were tended and short excursions to other parts of the state were enjoyed.
Living on the lake meant that there was always the opportunity to spend time on the water with our family or friends boating or jet skiing.
A cocktail was often had at the end of our dock as we watched loons swim by, spectacular sunsets or the evening fireworks celebrating the 4th of July.
Of course there was great eating involved. Foremost on everyone’s list when they came to visit us at the lake was lobster and chowder, followed closely behind by steaks, burgers and chicken hot off the grill and a few s’mores made around the fire.
Each fall when we closed down the cottage, we would say a little “goodbye” and hoped the cottage, gardens and the little critters we befriended would survive though the hard winter snows. Come spring, we were always anxious to open the cottage for another year of summer fun in Maine.
This summer will be a little different as we have sold the cottage. The rooms may be empty of furniture and art but as we head back to New Hampshire we know that we are leaving the cottage a much better place than it was before. It is now time for others to come to our little place on the lake in Maine, Where Memories Are Made.