Pinch Me. Am I Dreaming?

I call her Debbie
I call her Debbie

Yesterday I peddled the Harborwalk Trail from Bug Light to Back Cove and back. It was a fun ride filled with wonderful sights, sounds, and smells.

While I was cycling I had a lot of opportunity to think and appreciate all the wonderful things in my life. I love living in Maine! I’ve lived in more than a handful of states and visited many more. Maine has similarities to three of the best places I’ve lived.

First, Maine has magnificent natural beauty which is second only to the great state of Alaska. It’s long shoreline consists of massive granite cliffs and soft sandy beaches. The tall woods that cover most of the state are broken only by the thousands of lakes and ponds created by glacial flows many years ago.

Second, the thriving tourism industry here reminds me of Florida. Maine hosts millions of visitors each year seeking the cool climate, pristine natural environments, and beautiful sandy beaches. The result of this influx is a place full of opportunities for adventure, excellent restaurants, shopping, and transportation infrastructure.

Third, people here enjoy the environment and seek to protect it. One of the things I liked most about my time in Boulder, Colorado was the many hiking and biking trails and how people got out and enjoyed nature. Maine has all that and more. In addition to miles of dedicated trails here many of the roads have bicycle lanes. There seem to be as many kayak racks on cars as there are bicycle racks. And that’s a lot! If you look into Casco Bay you’ll certainly see many people kayaking, sailing, fishing, and enjoying the water alongside working lobster vessels.

Maine has it all! Portland is a small city with a big city feel. The people we’ve met have been very nice (probably because they’re as happy to be here as I am). And if you’re bored here you’d be bored anywhere. This is the way life should be. Moving here is the best thing we’ve ever done.

2 Replies to “Pinch Me. Am I Dreaming?”

  1. Hi,

    We feel the same way about Maine. We purchased a house in Portland last September and now that renovations are done we cannot wait to enjoy all of the main(e) themes you identify.

    The big city feel was very important to us. Unlike towns similar in population, Portland offers multiple first class restaurants, cultural resources, municipal services, an adequate city bus system and sidewalks. Add the fact that single family housing in Portland is by far the least expensive in New England for property within five miles of the Atlantic Ocean and you soon discover why Portland ranks so high in quality of life.

  2. Brent I am so glad you love life and where you live. So many people don’t.

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