Charms of Maine - page 2

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Greetings from South Carolina to all you Mainers out there! Forgive me for making this thread a non-medical one, but I have ALWAYS wanted to visit Maine (specifically, to go straight up the New England coast on my way there,... Read More


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    I live in Northern Maine and it's a very small area but it's very safe and great if you love a small community.

    I was born and raised here and I understand people's dislike for parts of Maine. It is small and their are limited things to do and limited choices but it's still a wonderful place to live if you ask me.
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    Maine is a very beautiful place to live. Work as an RN is available, increases in pay ranges grow with experience and time practicing. It is a place of quiet, without all of the craziness of a city, but we are still able to get things we need or want. I am an outsider, so to speak and have found Mainers very friendly. I did graduate from UMA but it was years back when the more seasoned and supportive professors were there. I have heard it has changed.
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    I left Buffalo drove until almost the end of H-90: I was in haaaa! when drove in these europeen-named villages, down those rolling hills, like a suprise in the bottom of the Alps (I never been there but I can dream) turned North just before Boston after saying: " I will come and see the Berkshires in some fall, slept in N-H. Bypassed Salem but should have done Plymouth.
    And, great! WELCOME TO MAINE! Everyone has to stop at the "visitor information" where they will give you cute easy maps of villages with landmarks that you want to visit.
    The best place on earth is probably:York. Hot summer day, small cozy cove and beach and children will balls and shovels... The historical houses... The un-undustrialised aspect of it all. Natural!
    We stopped at a few lighthouses, walked the mile to the Breakwater lighthouse, enjoyed the blazing sunday with the windjammer parade...
    Did route 1 all the way up, Boothbay, Belfast, the memorable smell of the evergreens, the wild roses and some strange sweetness mixed with the ocean breeze, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmhahahahahahaha!
    And the people! So respectful, they stop for the pedestrians!!! Went all the way up, Acadian park and all. Too late for St-Andrews NB or Campobello. To Bay of Fundy, love the coast of New-Brunswick, took a break in Caraquet, walked on the warf. Close to home, looked at the Gaspe shore from Grand Anse: usually see the copper-top of the church shining at dawn from my mom's house.
    1600 miles from Buffalo, me and hubby arrived home to see my red-headed-happy-energetic-generous-sparking mother! Says a lot! It was only 600 miles extra, but a voyage of a lifetime. Never could imagine that Maine was soooo..... mesmerizing. Got to go!
    Last edit by Teachchildren123 on Mar 29, '06
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    Quote from Gldngrl
    Brown's Ice Cream by Nubble Light- don't miss!
    York Beach-lovely shops, nice beach, great place to visit.
    Just drive up Coastal Route 1- lots of places to stop, if you like antiquing, this is the place for you as well.
    My favourite place in the world is The Cliffhouse in Ogunquit, it's a wonderful hotel, which overlooks the ocean, very private, I stay there every year when I visit.
    I love the York Beach area! Also if you like a great fish sandwich go to the Owl's Head General store on Fridays for the best haddock melt EVER! The town of Owls Head is just outside of Rockland. You can also catch a ten minute flight over to Vinalhaven or get a senic flight with Penobscot Island Air. They are truely a great bunch of guys.(The owner's wife is a nurse!) I lived in ME for two years and loved it, but the winters are a little brutal. PM me if you plan on going to the Rockland area, I'll give you alot more info.
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    The description of Maine has made me fall in love with the place.....I can't wait to visit it and maybe move there one day.
    Thanks to all of you..........for the wonderful memories shared.
    Life is so much different here in England,especially in London.....not a very friendly city.
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    Hi abby ,Im a RN in miami , but I went on vacation to maine a few years back and fell in love with camden, castine. Do you know if there is a a big demand for RNs there. I have 9 yrs experience in med surg and now im on a neuro floor, my dream is to live and work in maine.
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    This thread makes me miss Maine so much! I am a Marylander, but I have a dear friend who hails from the great state of Maine and I have been there a few times to visit her. Her dad lives in Bath, he was in the Navy and had a permanent position at the Brunswick Naval Base until he retired. I loved Bath so much, even the shipyard, even though that is no longer. I ate the best pizza I have ever tasted in my life there at a little hole in the wall called The Cabin. I remember going there in March, watching the huge chunks of ice floating down the river LOL! Her dad got remarried on Orr's Island, my friends step mom grew up there and her family still has land there. They had this huge old place they called The Lodge. It dated back 150 years probably. One of the doors that lead into the servant's quarters looked like it came out of Alice in Wonderland. The door only came up to your waist. The real door lead down the steps into the kitchen. The coast on that island was SO beautiful. You had to walk through a HUGE pine forest and the coast was all rocks. At night you could look up and see every star in the sky. She took me to Old Orchard Beach too. It was a really cute town. More touristy and more resembled some of the beaches in NJ or even MD, except I had to wear a sweater in August and the water was ice cold. I've also been to Portland, Freeport (great shopping!) and Auburn. I love Maine and I really hope to go back some day. My friend now lives in NYC and rarely goes back, so I have no excuse to, but someday.


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