My goal in life is to visit every state in the United States and spend some time there. My first stop? Maine, the state filled with lobsters! I dragged my friends alone for the ride, and we decided to spend four days in a beautiful campsite by the beach. Granted, the campsite was filled with yellow jackets and three quarters of our campsite fun was spent dodging wasps trying to kill us for our sausages, but it was a great time! By the third day, we had enough and decided to wage war on them. Christian wins.
Here’s what I learned about Maine: The wildlife there is absolutely gorgeous. I did about 6 hours of hiking and it was just amazing. It smelled good, it was beautiful to look at, and I didn’t fall even once. However, no one in Maine ever says hi back to you. Every time we saw someone, we smiled pleasantly and greeted them. Not a single person said hi back, until Jimmy and I were coming down a trail and I said hi to a person’s dog. The woman responded. So weird.
Also, another fun fact about Maine: It’s a state where their express lanes move slower than their regular lanes. We got stuck at a store in the express lane while a woman confused the clerk and they had a philosophical discussion regarding the location of the barcode. We must have looked thoroughly annoyed because as we were leaving, the woman behind us said to the clerk, “where are THEY from?” New York, lady. Where twelve items or less means twelve minutes or less.
Anyway, here’s some pictures and stories:
Day One: TO MAINE!
Nick and Jimmy picked me up quite early from my apartment, and we promptly started our ride up to the lobster state (it’s actually called something else, but I forget what it is). We stopped at a farmer’s market in Massachusetts where a strange man sold us a dozen peaches and thirteen ears of corn. Seven of those ears are in my kitchen right now. At some point, I ate a banana in the car. Nick insisted I throw it out the sunroof, so I did. We rode with a banana on the car for the rest of the trip.
After we got to the campgrounds, we set up Nick’s tent (which is huuuge). The zippers on the doors didn’t work, and it smelled a bit like mold, and the roof was questionable, but it was awesome. And could fit five people inside it!
We bonded a lot that first night. We told stories and really listened to one another’s life story.
Day Two: Hiking, Bars, and Fire
On the second day of camping, my true love gave to me: A new way of opening oatmeal and questionable looking egg whites! Christian (Nick’s brother) boiled egg whites in a ziplock bag. It worked, but the eggs ended up looking like a blob of butter. It was gross. Sadly, no evidence remains in picture format, so you’ll have to take my word for it.
Nick decided there was only one possible way of opening a box of oatmeal, so he committed 100% and opened the box like a man.
After breakfast we went out for a hike. It was a great outing–we climbed up some rocks. And when I say “we,” I mean everyone but me. Also, Nick. He had to come with me up the side trail so I wouldn’t explode due to fear of falling. When we got to the top, I was too terrified to step up onto the top of the summit, so I took a picture from where I was standing on the trail.
Seriously. I couldn’t move. I was filled with pure terror. Here I am in my safety spot.
Eventually Nick convinced (helped) me to scale the four inches to the top of the summit. Was it worth it? …Yes. It was really pretty. After we climbed down, we stuffed ourselves with hamburgers, and drove to a bar. I got to drink diet coke for free and had to drive the boys back to the campsite. Nick’s car is made for giants and I felt like a shorty in it. Dislike.
Once back, we made a fire and roasted marshmallows and made smores. I don’t have any pictures of the food because I ate it too quickly. But here’s the fire!
Day Three: Beaches, man.
Day three started like day two only Christian made pancakes instead of butter eggs. They were delicious because he put bananas in them. Again, I’d have pictures but I ate those suckers too fast. After that we went on this insane hike through the woods. It was a lot of fun–there was even this little stream that we had to cross. After two hours on that trail, we decided to go on another hike back up to the death summit from the day before. Nick stayed behind, so I had to scale this one alone. I found a new trail, made friends with a tree, and somehow climbed (on my hands and knees) to the top of the summit.
Jimmy and I decided we’d take a different trail back to the car, and the moron let me lead the way, so of course we got lost. It was a nice walk though. We saw puppies!
After that, we hit up the beach that was beside our campsite. It was low tide, but we climbed around the rocks and explored anyway. Yes, Nick helped me. Yes, I sat down and scooted myself down the big rocks. Whatever. I’m honest about my fears. Here’s a group of photos taken mostly by Nick at the beach.
It was such a beautiful place. It was calming, and it made you want to just stand there and watch the absence of water. Looking across the water you realized how magnificent nature really is–how powerful and seductive it can be. And then I started getting photogenic.
There were some moments when I had to pause the fun to pull up my pants because of so much butt sliding and climbing.
When I finally reached the rocks, I really just couldn’t do more than just observe. Nature knows how it’s done.
There were little pockets of water everywhere, so I went to one and tried to spot the fish that Nick swore were in there. I didn’t see any, so I started demanding that they come closer to me.
Notice the unrelenting grip on the rock? Terror. Rocks scare me. My courage was rewarded though! I found a snail. I dared to hold my iPhone over the water to snap a picture of it. That’s right. Rebel.
After the beach, we played some volleyball. And when I say “played,” I really don’t mean we were good. We were terrible. The ball was embarrassed to be seen with us. I had fun regardless. I haven’t slapped a ball over a net since high school. I don’t have any photos of that because we were really just that terrible at it.
Afterwords, we went on an adventure to the great desert of Maine. It’s a giant desert smack in the middle of the state. And it costs money to see it. So we looked at some postcards, used our imagination and hopped back in the car. Instead, we went out to eat some lobster at a wharf. I got a lobster roll and some fries. It was okay.
The best part was the ice cream. I don’t have enough words to express how absolutely delicious it was. In Maine, when you tell them you want two scoops, they really believe you.
So I ate that whole thing by myself, and I enjoyed every lick of it. We returned to the campsite, which was dark and pleasant. We returned to the beach, but I was too scared to go very far, so I sat on a rock and cradled the flashlight like a loser.
We made another fire upon our return. I almost ruined a bag of popcorn, then we threw chemicals into the fire, and watched it burn like a rainbow. It was nifty.
Day Four: Going Home
At this point in the trip, none of us had showered at all, so we all pretty much smelled like teenagers. It was gross, and yet somehow fascinating. We woke up on the fourth day ready to pack up, go home, and shower into oblivion. Of course, I wanted to smell ripe for the long ride, so I went for a quick run around the roads, bought a soda, and then helped throw things in the car. The tent was cleaned and disposed off (RIP), and we were on our way home.
We made a quick stop at the wharf so we could pick up some lobsters for Nick’s mom. I’m still waiting for updates on how delicious they were. We also stopped somewhere in Massachusetts to eat roast beef sandwiches because I had a craving and Nick is kind to me. It was the most delicious sandwich I have ever had in my entire life. Perfection between two slices of bread. I kind of want to go back to that place.
I slept in the car because I was so pooped. We made it home in one piece, Nick made me take all the corn and I stole a watermelon. Then, before I knew it, I was back in my apartment, returned to the world of stress and e-mails and other silly annoyances.
Final verdict? Maine people are weird, but I like their hiking trails and beaches. It’s very beautiful. Their desert is only worth the money if you didn’t grow up on an island. Their lobster is awesome too. You can just go and grab one for around eight bucks. They literally just grab it out of a cage and hand it to you. The ice costs extra.
To be honest though, I probably won’t ever visit Maine again. I bought a pin from a store. I’m set for life.