(BPT) - The power of nature is undeniable — all it takes is a few moments outdoors to feel refreshed and have your spirits lifted. So why limit yourself to short bursts of warm sunlight? With the wide-ranging landscapes that make up this country, there’s no shortage of unique experiences waiting to be discovered.
One place that is truly unforgettable in terms of its natural beauty is Maine. A state well-known for its fresh lobster, Maine also boasts a rocky coastline, picturesque waterway, gentle, rolling mountains and dense forests. It's a terrain many consider to be the "complete package," and it certainly appealed to six young travelers looking to exchange their typical daily routines for an extraordinary adventure. Here’s their story.
How it all started
Visit Maine partnered with L.L Bean to provide travelers an experience of a lifetime. The group of friends, which included siblings and spouses, had never been to Maine before and didn't know their itinerary in advance; they instead embraced the unknown, and had a blast doing so. While the enthusiastic travelers chased the sun, the Visit Maine team followed their journey and captured each highlight, outlined below.
Shortly after arrival, the group of friends ditched their usual mode of transportation to get to know the quaint, Maine town Yarmouth on bike. With the sun on their backs and fresh salty breeze keeping them cool, they pedaled through the historic town, marveling at the rich heritage surrounding them and pondered what adventures awaited them in the days to follow.
Cluttered interiors and noisy neighbors often make for a stressful living environment, but when you escape into Maine's pristine nature, the stress goes away and relaxation sets in. At the Recompence Shore Campground, the adventurers were truly living under the sun, and enjoyed having the Atlantic Ocean for a neighbor and the peaceful sounds of birds created a calm setting.
Forget about loud restaurants and crowded grocery stores — these travelers were given a fishing reel to catch their dinner! After taking a quick fly fishing lesson, the group stood in the water with confidence to put their new skills to the test.
In the end, no fish were caught, but that didn't damper the group's spirits. Fly fishing is an art which takes practice, and in the end, standing in the quiet river surrounded by a thick layer of green was enough.
After a day of relaxation, the travelers set out to have a little fun! Paddle boarding gave each person a unique, 360-view of Maine, one that took everyone's breath away. Not to mention, it's a great form of exercise that works the entire body. While having a blast splashing and soaking in the sun, each paddle boarder reaped the benefits of getting up and getting active, which when bogged down by responsibilities, is something many of us don't get to enjoy nearly enough.
So many of us get stuck in a daily routine and stay with what's comfortable. Maine provided a chance for the six travelers to break out of their comfort zone and take a risk. The 25-foot drop into Coos Canyon made the group hesitate at first, but with a little encouragement, each one took the plunge to experience a thrill they'll never forget.
To top off the trip, the explorers made their way up Tumbledown Mountain. It's a difficult hike, one that requires focus, a positive attitude and of course, a lot of water, but the group was up to the challenge. They knew the awe-inspiring views would be worth the struggle; it turned out to be more magnificent than they could have ever imagined.
There aren't enough words to accurately describe the exceptional landscapes of Maine. This is why Visit Maine produced a digital publication complete with editorial photos and documentary-style videos to capture the group's journey. Visit The Maine Thing Quarterly today to get a full look into their Maine experience.