treasure maps

for this week’s treasure tuesday

because we lived by the sea before moving to cheeseland,
i have a few of these maps>>>some vintage nautical ones (such as above & below)
& some tourist-y ones (last two bottom pics) scattered about the house.
they all serve as a reminder to joe & me of our life in maine
& how much we appreciate the ocean & the natural beauty of that state…

the nautical map you see above is giant size
(& luckily we have 9 foot ceilings to accomodate this oversized treasure!)
& it depicts that part of coastal maine known as downeast>>>
home to mount desert island (mdi), acadia national park
& about a kajillion other offshore islands, to name but a few…
joe & i are particularly fond of this area
because we have boated & fished all around mdi…
one of our favorite places to go is somes sound…a narrow channel that dumps into
frenchman’s bay & into the open sea called the atlantic.
it’s about 7 or 8 miles in length & is surrounded by fabulous mansions
& the mountains of acadia national park…
this other wall-sized nautical map (above) is of penobscot bay…this is the area known as midcoast maine…this is where we lived, played, fished & explored as well…
this here is a map of islesboro, a small island
just 3 miles offshore from the town where we lived in…where my dear friend annie
has a camp (what mainers call their summer/weekend cottages)
as well as multi-millionaires & celebrities, such as kirstie alley & john travolta…
& lastly, this is a map of our ol’ neighborhood, known as the five-town area:
camden, rockport, lincolnville, hope & appleton…
we lived in lincolnville.

these maps may not mean much to anyone who has neither lived nor been there,
but they mean the world to joe & me.
these maps represent our past>>>the fond & bittersweet memories of
the life we lived & left (to be closer to our families)…our present>>>our ties to that beloved state which we hold ever so tightly…& our future>>> glimmers of hope in one day returning there…
& for that, we shall cherish for a good long time to come.
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6 Responses

  1. Oh Mary Ann, these are WONDERFUL! You and Joe are so lucky to have experienced that part of Maine-it is so gorgeous there. And now you have such a wonderful memory and maps to dream on.

  2. These are very cool! My cartographer husband would love ’em!

  3. Maps are cool to begin with, and those are so beautiful!

  4. do you think you will have a chance to visit when you come for the justBe…inspired gathering?? Acadia is one of our first trips together when we moved here from NY…it is just soo beautiful up there….the maps are such a cool way to keep in touch with where you have been, I had not thought of that…what a great idea!

  5. We spent a lot of time in the Acadia Natl. Park, it’s really nice there, so beautiful.

  6. OH! Something else we have in common! Maps! We also love maps and have a nice little collection of ones we’ve accumulated while on vacation and also maps of the battles of WW2. I LOVE them! Wow.. I can SO relate with “DownEast” *sigh* Maine is a 2nd home for us. My great grandfather built a house at Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunk in 1947. It’s now my grandmother’s and our family has been going every single summer since 1947…. We have a strong pull to Maine even though it’s not our primary residence, I feel like a local because all of my summers growing up (and still to this day ) are spent there! Our beach has the BEST places to find sand dollars ;)!

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