Category Archives: Island Life

When the national media come to Maine

It’s been a poorly concealed secret for years: National news media likes to visit Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island in the summertime. Who doesn’t, right? The park’s scenic appeal, and that of coastal Maine in general, is why millions of people travel from out of state (and often from other countries) to visit […]

More than just a Leatherface

There is very little resemblance between Northeast Harbor, Maine, where Gunnar Hansen made his home, and rural Texas, a fictionalized version of which was the setting of the best-known film that Hansen starred in. The scenic Maine village, which borders Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, supports a year-round fishing fleet of lobstermen and, in the summer, […]

This steam locomotive is heading to Ellsworth

Railroads may still thrive in many parts of the world, but in rural Maine — especially in sparsely populated eastern Maine — they have fallen out of practical favor as highway improvements paved the way for cars and trucks to become the preferred mode of transportation. That does not mean, however, that there aren’t people in eastern Maine […]

Heavy surf on Mount Desert Island

When I was younger, I used to go out to Baker Island with my family in the summer to hike across the island and to see the waves pounding against the “dance floor,” as the southern-facing beach comprised of jumbled boulders is known. I remember going out on the rocks near the crashing surf so I […]