Summertime in the Belgrades
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They are grand, elegant, awe-inspiring, a feat of architectural art. They are solid, purposeful, once the most important and prized structures on a property. They were designed from ingenuity and memory passed from generation to generation and raised by entire communities. They are why the region was settled, survived, grew, prospered. They are our barns.
Maine is host to many "bad", that is to say invasive, plants. These plants displace native flora, thus eliminating the natural food and cover for our wildlife and ultimately threatening rare species of both animals and plants.
In my 60+ years of fiddling with boats on Great Pond, a few come to mind that might be considered odd, weird, silly, stupid — whatever. Of these odd balls, so to speak, one in particular comes to mind, a craft was essentially made from two sheets of marine plywood that sandwiched a perimeter of 2" X 6" framing and powered by a "borrowed" outboard motor.
The week began with a little much needed rain and ended hot and humid. I got some fishing in, a little sailing, a couple of hikes, and got to watch a couple of new loon chicks that were born in a nest I helped build, learning to swim.