Sunday, July 12, 2009
The Four Seasons-Where is this Famous Place in Maine?
Maine is known for its rugged coastline and lobster during the summer months, along with lighthouses, whitewater rafting, whale watching and a whole other bunch of summer activities and fun festivals. In the Fall, we have spectacular foliage and our fairs-usually starting in late August to early October you can usually find a fair going on somewhere in the state. In the Spring, there is mud...lots of it. But also the leaves and the flowers are blooming, and there is the smell of warmer weather in the air after a long, cold winter. Spring gives us hope, and after many cold, dreary days those first few rays of sunshine make you temporarily forget how many inches of snow you had to shovel last winter.
But there is one season in Maine that seems so much longer than the rest-and that is winter. A time of cold, ice, and snow. Where any trip outside requires bundling and shielding from the elements, and making snow angels and sliding seem to be the activity of the day with your kids. But even though it's cold as heck that doesn't deter the outdoor enthusiasts from snowmobiling or even skiing at one of Maine's many fine resorts. In the photo above, you will see winter and summer pics of one of Maine's most famous places to ski-can you guess where it is?
While the first snow is pretty, and it is nice to see some snow on the ground during the holidays-I would love to see it all disappear with a wave of the magic wand and have constant 70 degree temps with plenty of sunshine and the occasional thundershower as my winter. Driving is not a picnic, and downright hazardous on the ice and snow. Roofs buckle and leak under the weight, and even sometimes collapse. I am amazed at the number of places I go to that have pails on the floor with water dropping from the roof as the ice and snow melts away on sunny days, or the stained ceilings I see from water damage. I actually had a leak on my roof and had a bit of staining in my daughters room a couple of years ago, but we checked it out and sealed the small hole we had. This summer I have to have hubby coat the roof, one of the advantages of having a metal roof on our home is that the ice and snow slide right off it rather than build up on top of it, which adds extra weight and can cause leaking, damage, and even collapse. Make sure you know how much your roof can handle if you live in an area of ice and snow-to avoid problems later on.
Yesterday I went to a Luck of the Draw Auction (Chinese Auction, Tricky Tray, Penny Social-whatever you call them in your neck of the woods!) to benefit the local Veteran's Park in Skowhegan, ME. Just by chance, I was chosen the winner of a 5 person swim pass to the last place in Maine I was checking out for a weekend away from the kids (with a five person pass, looks like I will have to bring them now!) I posted about this place last week and it was open to guesses and was the Canaan Motel in Canaan, ME. That was TOO funny! Maybe if I blog about it, I will win it? Now maybe I will win passes or a nice weekend getaway to the place above-I don't ski, but sitting around the fireplace drinking a hot toddy sounds nice!
Now, tell me: where do you think this is in Maine? Have you ever been there?