Colleen and I are both setting our next series in Maine (Our towns are just down the road apiece, in fact!) So we took a research trip together. Her good-natured husband Dave carted us all over coastal Maine.
Maine is gorgeous with thick evergreen forests, rocky coastlines, and calm harbors, dotted with lobster boats and colorful lobster buoys. Some of what we saw was expected and some was not! So here's my list of 10 random facts I learned this week:
1. Lobstering is alive and well
2. There are almost 3,000 islands off Maine's coast.
3. Blueberry barrens are often found alongside the road
4. Puffins inhabit some of Maine's islands
5. Maine's coast consists of many peninsulas with calm harbors. Crashing waves are a rare sight.
6. Only the older Mainers seem to have a Maine accent.
7. The muffled boing
of a navigation buoy is my new favorite sound.
8. Weathered shaker shingle is the siding of choice.
9. Cranberry bogs are pollinated with honey bees.
10. Gifford's maple walnut ice cream is to die for.