Thursday, June 5, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

Several of the blogs that I stalk read do a segment called the Thursday Thirteen. I've decided to put this into rotation with my Thankful Thursday segment. So, every other week will host one of these segments. Today's Thursday Thirteen theme is:

"13 Reasons that I want to move to Maine"
(ok seriously folks, did you really think you had heard the last words about Maine already?)

1. Maine is 1 of only 4 states left in the U.S. that has a law banning billboards. I personally despise billboards and found it so refreshing to drive up & down a major interstate and truly be able to appreciate the natural unobstructed beauty of the landscape. You can read a bit more about it here.

2. The average temperature in Maine is 43 degrees Fahrenheit. That's cold, but not unbearable. The weather can change there on a dime and the summers are very mild. That would be such a nice change from the summers in my current area of the world!

3. Maine has 63 lighthouses along its 5000 miles of coastline. There's just something about lighthouses that stirs up this emotional response inside. I think it's because of the rich history of lighthouses and the beauty of them sitting by the ocean while waves crash in.

4. Freeport, Maine is the home of one of my favorite retailers...L.L. Bean. When we entertained the thought of moving there several years ago, this is the company that I wanted to work for. Can we say "employee discount"?!

5. Maine is one of the few states where you can be at the ocean to surf, the mountains to snow ski, and the country to relax all within an hour of each other. It's 1-stop shopping!

6. More blueberries are grown in Maine than in any other state. I love blueberry muffins!

7. Acadia National Park is the 2nd most visited national park in the U.S. (#1 is Yellowstone) I've not made it to Acadia yet, but I'm hoping to visit it sooner than later!

8. York, Maine, established in 1641, is America's first chartered city. And it's a gorgeous and quaint coastal town!

9. Portland, Maine has a large neighborhood that has been certified by the National Registry as one of the best intact original Victorian housing neighborhoods in America. I took some pics while driving through there and the houses are GORGEOUS and so historic!

10. Maine is quite far away from a lot of crazy people that I would love to live far away from. I'm sure there will be blog entries forthcoming about some of these said people. LOL.

11. Maine is a very dog-friendly state. Portland is a VERY dog-friendly city. It boasts 9 dog parks! The city I currently live in has 1 dog park and it's population is more than double the size of Portland. Chloe says, "Woof, when are we moving?"

12. Patrick Dempsey is from Buckfield, Maine, which is within Lewiston, Maine. I've driven through this town and it's cute. I would think that I have a better chance of running into McDreamy if I move to Maine, instead of staying in my current town. Of course, I could get lucky and Shonda Rimes could decide to move the staff of Seattle Grace to the banks of the Tennessee River. Ok, maybe not.

13. Moving to Maine would be a huge, new adventure that would be frightening and exciting all at the same time. It would be such a joy to explore a new landscape, new people, and new experiences with my family.


Kat said...

It does just look so beautiful there. And Acadia...cannot believe I forgot that in my tour the USA places I want to see...

Let me know when you get there so I can have a place to stay :-)

sky said...

Now we have 13 more things to read about your Maine obsession :)
I love #5 (I didn't know that - that's so cool!), 6 (blueberries! YUM!), and 10 (LOL! So true)! Oh, 12 is nice too :P

PS: Fairycakes is cupcakes. A term they use in London. I guess it's a Brit term :)

Hope you have a lovely weekend, dear!!

Lisa said...

Hi there!

Sorry to hijack your comments, but I couldn't find your email! I just wanted to let you know that you won a sample of LaundryTree SoapNuts from the comment you left on

If you'll send me your address, I'll drop your sample in the mail.

Have a great day!


the mama bird diaries said...

well, you had me at patrick dempsey.

i heard there is this beauiful island off maine called "long island" and that it is really beautiful.

hope you are Maine bound someday.

Angie said...

Kat: You have a standing invite when we move to Maine. :-)

Sky: It is an obsession. And that's so unlike me, I mean, to be obsessed about something. (ok, y'all control the laughter, please)
Have a great weekend too!

Lisa: No apology necessary! I'm so excited to have won something! I've emailed you and will report here the results of the fab new soap. I'll send some people your way!

Mama Bird: Patrick Dempsey is just the bees knees. I luv him. I'm off to google "long island, maine". And I hope I'm Maine-bound someday too!

Jules said...

I'm a lighthouse fan, a blueberry fan, a LLBean fan and a park fan........ but dang......... I love the sun and the sea and the warm weather. I know, i know...... call me a baby.

Angie said...

Jules: I don't blame ya. I would probably get tired of the cold weather sooner than later. But, it's a risk I'm willing to take! :-)

Michelle said...

Reading this list makes ME want to move to Maine, even though I've never been there. The blueberry picking (I'm trying to arrange a family outing to Michigan this year -- from northwest of Chicago). The moderate summers (we just went from low 50s to high 80s in the course of a day). The parks. The people. Ahhhh.... But not going to happen for me, I don't think.

Angie said...

Michelle: If you ever get the opportunity to even visit Maine, jump on it. You won't be sorry! Enjoy that trip to Michigan. That's a state I've never been to!


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