Riding the Trails


Can I just say we live in the most beautiful state in the country? Especially at this time of year when the leaves are changing. Actually right now we are in the middle of a bomb cyclone and the winds are blowing like crazy. Glad I got all these photos of our leaves when I did because when this is over most of them will be on the ground.

A couple days ago Mark and I took the ATV out and went for a little ride. At least that’s how we started out. Before we knew it we had ridden the 4-wheeler for 45 miles. Our hands were like ice – it was a little breezy and the temps were in the 50s. This is Mud Pond. It is about 1/2 mile down our street. In the winter it freezes over and people ice fish on it. Not us. If God wanted us to walk on ice and stand in the middle of a frozen pond He would have made us penguins, not people.

I am always astounded to find cattails up here in the north. I thought they were strictly a southern thing. They are everywhere that there is water. Even in the Walmart containment pond. Weird.

Along the top of that ridge is a line of wind turbines. I love them. A lot of people complain about the noise they make. They really aren’t loud, though, so I don’t know why they complain. Some people will complain about anything. A gentle hum is about it. This is the road we live on. Our portion is paved. We like to ride down by the turbines. There are a lot of trails, too, but this day we were staying mostly to the road. Don’t want to risk the jarring and shaking with Mark’s new hip just yet.

A whole lot of dead stuff lined the ground, but those trees were spectacular. And we made it back home without getting rained on. Not so much today. Half the state is currently without power. We are hanging in there so far.

Don’t worry about us just yet, though. We have a generator that will power the entire house if we lose the electricity. We had that added shortly after we moved here. The nice man from Lowe’s suggested it and we have had to rely on it several times already. Don’t want to freeze in the winter. Don’t want to take the chance.

Do you ever feel like I just ramble? Sometimes I feel like I do. So it’s ok if you already thought that. Hahahaha! Cause you would be correct.

The best thing we ever did as a couple was move to Maine. Yes, I know I sound like a come to Maine we are awesome commercial. But it is true. Getting more isolated, being where we didn’t know a soul, it brought us closer together and did wonders for our relationship.

Besides, I would never have lasted 45 miles in Florida on a 4-wheeler without dieing of heat exhaustion. When life gets too busy – take an ATV ride.

I wish I had taken a photo of the ‘bridge’ we were sitting on. Wide enough for our 4-wheeler and that’s about it. A couple wooden boards and a couple metal railings on the side. The first time Mark took us here I thought fine, we are going to die here. Hahahaha! But we didn’t and we didn’t this day either.

Normally we cross the bridge, turn around, cross back over and head back home. But this time Mark kept going and we found a new place.

It had a sign declaring it to be Sand Cove. They were being a little generous with that whole ‘sand’ part. But the lake was really beautiful!

More like dirt really. I wish I had taken more photos, though, because it was really nice. They had a picnic table and a grill back behind me. Some nice shade trees. But we just rode around in a circle and left again.

And headed home. Riding through the woods there are wild apple trees everywhere. And before we knew it, 45 miles had gone by and we were back at the house, pulling into the basement. Cold, but we were home. Probably our last ride for this season because the snows are just around the corner.

Have a great day!

20 thoughts on “Riding the Trails

  1. What a lovely outing I’ve just had with you and Mark!! 😀 Very. BEAUTIFUL. Country. At the first hint that the end of summer is near, I get a little sad, but then … when the colors begin to change … I get excited about lighting up a wood fire (inside, of course!), pulling out my cozy sweats, making hot tea … and tangling to my heart’s content!! <3 Thank you for the delightful tour through your part of our magnificent world. 🙂

    • thank you for joining us, jan, and I understand what you mea about the changing seasons. more time for art – yes!

  2. Wonderful place, wonderful post – and the grey skies make the colours of the trees shine even brighter.

    I’m not sure if you use the same word in the US, but in the UK to ‘ramble’ is to ‘walk for pleasure in the countryside’ as well as the more common use about talking at length in a meandering way! So you rambled in both senses of the word, and I’m glad you shared it with us!

  3. Beautiful pictures! I wish I could convince the hubby to move someplace like this! He must have his luxuries, haha! Thank you for sharing, and I love to hear you ramble!

    • hahaha! well, good cause that’s who I am. a rambler. and I understand about the luxuries. we really don’t have those here. hahahaha!

  4. Beautiful country! Don’t sell it too much – it’s beautiful because there aren’t too many people. They keep coming here to Oregon for the wide open spaces and now it’s harder and harder to find those wide open spaces. We used to have a slogan, come visit and go home. I wish we still did.

  5. Thank you once again for sharing beautiful pictures of Maine ! Regarding the “hum” from the wind turbines, some people are very sensitive to these noises. There is even a web site “The World Hum Map and Database Project” that tracks these noises.

    • I wasn’t aware of that. the sound doesn’t bother me but maybe it affects people in different ways

  6. Wow your photos are amazing! Are we aloud to use them as a refrence for painting? They are very inspiring. I am home bound so I have really enjoyed your tours of Maine, mini field trip for me. HaHa Thank you so much for sharing.

    • thank you, Barbara, I would be honored if you painted one of my photos <3 I'd love to see what you do 🙂 but not required. just have fun

  7. Thank you for sharing you ATV adventure! I love all the photos you share with us.?
    Glad Mark is doing so well! ???

    • thanks, phillis, we are amazed with the progress mark has made. barely has a limp now. and he went bird hunting and walked almost 2 miles. he was tired but he did it

  8. Looks like you had a wonderful outing – even if it did get rather cold. As Jem remarked the dark skies make the leaves shine even more brightly. Had to chuckle over the people & penguins & totally agree. So good to hear you & Mark enjoying trips out together again, & that the hip is mending so well, sensible sticking to the roads though.

    • glad we got to make that one trip out. sounds like it might start snowing next week. not sure I’m ready for that to start over again – even though I love the snow.

  9. You do a great job with taking beautiful pictures. I miss the northeast autumn and its vibrant colors. It helps to see it through your eyes.

    • thank you so much, sue, we just love it here! it’s beautiful year round, with the possible exception being mud season

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.