Maine May 14, 2018
by Michelle 13 Privileges Mainers Have That The Rest Of The U.S. Doesn’t
Between harsh winters and fog that doesn’t seem to want to lift, living in Maine can come with some hardships. People often ask why (and how!) Mainers do it. We all know it’s a mix of some pride and probably stubbornness, but those are certainly not the only reasons. Mainers know that living in Vacationland comes with some pretty awesome privileges. Here are just some of sweet benefits of living in Maine.
1. This one probably goes without saying...
2. Having Acadia National Park right in our backyard.
Maybe not literally. But, having the area's only National Park is a pretty special distinction.
3. Having access to everything under the sun, without having to use eBay or Craigslist.
Mainers have Henry's Swap or Sell It Guide to help find anything and everything. You won't find this down south and we're pretty proud of that.
4. Having local access to the world's most sustainably farmed mussels.
In May 2015, Outside Magazine published an article titled "The Piscivore's Dilemma," urging you seafood lovers to make the smallest impact on the environment without giving up meat.
5. Having access to over 3,166 islands off the coast.
If you visited one a day, it would take you almost 9 years to see them all! And, did you know that only about 1,200 Maine coast islands have an acre or more? 600 comprise 95% of the island acreage.
6. Going on a hike at the right time of year means being able to pick the best wild blueberries you can find.
Blueberries might grow other places, but there's nothing better than slogging through a difficult hike and pulling out your containers from home to load up!
7. Understanding the true meaning of "beautiful day."
Other states are sunny, green and blue, but not many endure the winters that a good, hearty Mainer does. It makes summer days like this even more special.
8. Being forced to slow down every once in a while.
Wild turkeys, moose and deer might all decide to take a stroll through your neighborhood just when you were hoping to leave.
9. Being able to see the first light of a USA sunrise.
But, exactly where this first sunrise is found has been a bit contested. There are three places that claim have the first view - Lubec, Mars Hill and Cadillac Mountain in Acadia. It seems that just where you see the sunrise first depends on the time of year. From late March to mid-September, you'll want to head to Mars Hill for first light. But, from mid-September through the first week of October you should head to Quoddy Head. If you want to work for your view and see it from Cadillac Mountain you have some more time. Be there between mid-October and early March and you'll be greeted by America's first light.
10. Being closer to Africa than any other state!
Quoddy Head State Park in Maine is the closest point in the US to Africa. Specifically, Safi Province in Morocco.
11. Being the end of the Appalachian Trail.
There's no other peak in America like the peak of Katahdin after months of hiking north.
12. Understanding that winter might be long, but nothing beats a day spent sledding outside.
Oh, what fun.
13. And, the most important is calling this beautiful place home.
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