The year was 2004 and we were back in Maine on vacation. I say “back” because we’d lived in Maine for a short time in early 2003. The day we moved in (early February) it was -14 degrees. I loved it!!! But, work didn’t materialize and our dream of living in the woods of Maine for the rest of our lives didn’t materialize either. Plus, we were missing our first grandchild, Kailani, so badly that when I had work present itself to me back in California, we packed up the U-Haul and moved to Cloverdale, CA in the northern California county of Sonoma, smack in the middle of wine country.
But this picture was taken when we were on vacation in 2004. We so loved Maine that we did a bit of real estate shopping again, thinking that perhaps we’d buy a lot (we looked at several – one in particular, on Big Roach Pond, was lovely!) and move back to Maine at some point in the future. We didn’t buy one, though. But we did go out to a bog one evening as the sun was setting. We’d been told it was a great place to watch for moose who frequented the area in the evenings. It was lovely, getting cool by the time the sun went down, and the fog was creeping over the bog like Arthur Conan-Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles. (I wasn’t afraid of any hounds, but was wary of moose or bear that might materialze out of the fog! We were well out into the back country northeast of Moosehead Lake.) It was so serene and beautiful. I almost cried when we drove away. We didn’t see any moose that night, but we often saw them in Maine, which has more moose per square mile than any other state, including Alaska.
I’m ready to go back to the bog again and look for moose!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1431, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake after being condemned as a heretic. She was later canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920. How a few years sometimes change things!
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Nabisco bakes about 18 billion Cheese Nip Crackers each year, enough to cover 3,500 football fields. If laid end to end, these crackers would extend over 282,000 miles – farther than the distance from the earth to the moon! Crackers, anyone?