In less than 3 days, I’m boarding a plane and saying cheers to the US of A until the month of May. I am so excited to explore a place I’ve never seen and to do something I’ve never done – travel solo.
While I am beyond excited to see Europe… I can’t help but think what if I spent that same energy exploring my own backyard? What if this summer I chose to go to more places I’ve never been, but that also happen to be in my home state of Maine?
That’s how the concept for the Backyard Adventures Series was born.
I went to a summit that was all about making Maine a place to live, work, and play and attracting and retaining professionals from other places to come and make Maine their home. There was one question from a speaker that I just couldn’t shake: What is your Maine story, and how do you tell it to someone?
It seems like a fairly straightforward question, but as the chair of a local young professional group, it’s a truly complicated one. I can’t speak for everyone, but I can speak for myself, and for the sake of honesty, up until this past year I was dying for a way to leave.
It’s not because I don’t love this state. I adore it. I love that it’s filled with little big towns and that you can just walk into the Governor’s office and pull up a chair. I love that everyone knows just about everyone, and if they don’t then they know someone who does. I love that our communities rally around their local businesses and that we truly are a place where if you can dream it, then you can do it.
However, if you’re not really into snow or this whole ‘upta’ camp concept like me, then it’s tough to imagine what you might be able to do in this big state all year. Do I like snow? Yeah, for like a month. Do I like being away at camp? Yeah, if there’s plumbing and it really is just a cozy house that happens to be in the woods. Do I like hiking? Yeah, if I can do it in a couple of hours and then go drink a beer.
I feel like I’m a lot more like the ‘city folk’ we’re trying to attract than I am like the locals or natives of Maine sometimes.
This is why Camden and I are going to explore Maine this summer. We’re going to find the nooks and crannies and the beauty in all of them. We are going to the most northern part of the state, to the most western and the most southern. After all, how can I make you see why I’m in love with Maine if I’ve never even seen half of it?
Mark Twain once said:
But what if the exploring is not that far away? What if the best adventures are in your backyard, simply waiting to be discovered?
Let’s get lost together.