Coming to Maine this summer? There is a lot to do at Acadia National Park, but if you are adventurous and would like to discover the culture of Maine take a day break or two. There are a lot of hidden treasure and hiking trails that are not readily "available" or known to the outside tourist. But there are ways to learn about them, and I will mention a few here.
1. Last planes from WWII - https://downeast.com/the-wreck-chaser/
This article talks about the many plane wreckage that has been left in place. There are even the remains of a plane about 30 mins from ANP. The problem, the sights are not well protected, and people have taken physical memories and not visual. The bonus, some of them are on hiking trails, some are in lesser-known areas, and some have yet to be discovered. If you are into geocaching - you can find the coordinates for a few of these planes online. If you find a plane, please only take visual memories to preserve the history for others.
2. Ferry out to an Island - http://exploremaine.org/ferry/
There are a lot of Islands to discover in Maine. Some are for camping only, some are for hiking, and some have a bit of history tied to it.
3. If you are willing to explore more of Maine. Do an internet search for the lighthouses, the town under water, and things to do in the National Monument region and Mt. Katadon. Trust me when I say you will need a GPS to minimize, this will minimize your frustrations when you get directions from a true Mainer (Mainerah). However, it is always worth asking a Mainer ideas of what to do in Maine.
Since I am not a Maine native, I still have a lot to discover and would love to hear some of your adventures in Maine.
Have fun on your Maine explorations!
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My spouse worries about all the possible risk of camping outdoors and exposing our kids to potential hazards, such as diseases from bug bites and encounters with wild animals that have kept us from extensive activities outdoors. Eventually, many years later, I was able to convince my spouse to go tent camping with our family. By this time, I have one reluctant tween, bugs, and being away from their comfortable bed, did not sound appealing. So, I came up with a plan. We had our tween help with planning the camping trip. In the end, our camping trip looked more like glamorous camping... glamping instead of roughing it in the woods. We had two tents connected to a market tent with insect netting, comfortable mattresses, fairy lights, an elaborate menu, etc. In the end, we had a great time connecting in the outdoors. What are some of your tips for getting your reluctant tweens and teenagers to engage in family camping?
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