The crossroads of August are a welcome and a summons. The late, great, and lasting days of summer beckon; the early, awesome and inviting days of autumn call. It's the time to take inventory: what activities have been accomplished, what ones remain to be enjoyed.
We dodged the bullet with Tropical Storm Isaias as fortunately, she went way west of us. We recorded just 0.94" of rain at the Wings Mill Dam rain gauge from the entire event which turned out to be even more than the surrounding area. As a result, Great Pond is holding right at 2" above full pond with Long Pond at 2.64" above full as well.
The popular press always talks about Maine having 6,000 lakes and ponds, but only those of 10 acres or more are in the public domain. This leaves about 2,750 lakes in the public domain. These lakes and ponds are destinations for the inland tourism of Maine. This is why we call them our "crown jewels."
Wouldn't you know, but I just found a Downeast Magazine list of Maine 100 Reads and this young adult book by Elizabeth George Speare was on it. The Sign of the Beaver is full of Maine territory tales between Matt, age 13, and his new Indian friend Attean. It is full of intricate details with Attean teaching Matt survival skills. Attean's grandfather had arranged for Matt to teach his grandson to read.
The Luckiest Boy
You know, some days I swear there's nothing left to tell stories about, but then, when least expected, a topic pops up. Yesterday, it was SYRUP. It happened at breakfast time when my wife Doris slapped down a nice mound of golden pancakes infused with tiny blueberries right within my reach. This brought back thoughts of youthful days, when two buddies and I schemed to to tap maple trees for sap, boil it down to syrup, and sell it.
The summer is flying by. Because of the current pandemic, people have changed their schedules, but Mother Nature continues with hers. More Mainers are exploring our area, rather than traveling out of state, and there seems to be an increase in family gatherings with an emphasis on outdoor activities.