BRISTOL, Maine — Damaging coronavirus check leads to hand, we lately traveled to lovely Mid-Coast Maine for a number of days’ trip, our first go to for the reason that pandemic hit.
We went to get away — from the relentless COVID information, which I’ve been protecting for the reason that begin, and likewise from the extreme politics of this raucous, unprecedented election 12 months.
On the primary depend, we succeeded.
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Maine has at all times been one among our favourite locations — in my case, since my first go to as a baby to the border city of Kittery, the place I had my preliminary style of lobster, a uncommon deal with for the three youngsters of a housewife, as stay-at-home mothers have been referred to as then, and an airplane mechanic.
Usually, we journey additional north to Acadia, however determined this 12 months that six hours-plus in a automobile was an excessive amount of. So we rented a cottage with a view of scenic Muscongus Bay, and with that as residence base, took a number of effective hikes and explored components of the coast we had by no means seen.
Additionally, in fact, we ate lobster, twice — rolls from Shaw’s Fish & Lobster Wharf in New Harbor. Extremely advisable — although not the calamari, which perhaps Mainers can’t get fairly proper. Depart that to us Ocean-Staters, I say.
On the second depend, not such success.
I watched no TV information, however I did learn two dailies, the Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Every day Information, and a weekly, The Lincoln County Information (largest broadsheet I’ve ever seen, I’d observe). Election-year information dominated protection and letters to the editor. The race between U.S. Senate challenger Sara Gideon, who grew up in Rhode Island and graduated from East Greenwich Excessive College, and incumbent Susan Collins was significantly pervasive.
On lots of the roads we drove, we noticed Collins and Gideon indicators, some grouped with indicators for his or her occasion’s presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Joe Biden, respectively. With few exceptions — the streets by way of Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor, for instance — these have been rural roads, with no homes in some stretches for half a mile or extra, solely woods. Even right here, amid the pines and oaks and maples, fall colours starting to point out, we beheld indicators massive and small.
Not all have been so blatantly political.
Masks-wearing and social-distancing reminders have been all over the place within the industrial and consuming districts, and with few exceptions, most individuals adopted the principles. We noticed a Black Lives Matter signal, throughout a highway from a Trump signal. We noticed indicators about reality and science, and one, outdoors the small however pleasant King Ro market, that learn: “Cooperation, not battle, to confront actual threats to humanity.”
Concerning the blatantly political, maybe such a focus of indicators in such a sparsely settled place was preordained. The view from our deck throughout Muscongus Bay was of Louds Island, a summer time place solely now however, like many Maine islands, as soon as populated year-round.
And the guts of the group was the tiny village of Loudsville.
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