October 31, 2011


Aroostook County is the northern most county in Maine and remains relatively untouched by man. Potato fields and farms houses are divided by aces of wild forests. In fall it’s common to spot groups of 10 or 15 bull moose grazing on stems of frozen broccoli in the fields. The only real tourism attractions are hunting excursions and out-of-state snowmobilers looking for a week of fresh powder. Surprising to most, the quiet towns, full of honest folks, still leave home without locking their doors. This is home.

I left home for college in 2003. I can’t recall how many potential employers have looked me in the eye and said, “You’re from ‘The County’? Hell, you must be a good worker then.” The conversations typically end with asking if I know “so and so”. In Maine, everyone seems to know everyone. There is a certain quality that we’re perceived to possess – so far it’s worked out well for me.  
Freshly percolated coffee, every morning.
A little dash of sugar will go a long way.

After an over abbundace of rain, many potatoes were not harvested, but left on the top soil or plowed under.

Bookshelves of Hemingway will cure any afternoon boredom.

A walk in the fields show that a lot of farmers have lost money this year.

Men's chamois shirts look great on ladies first thing on a chilly morning.

This is Maine.

An evening game with family around the dining room table.

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Beth said...

I enjoyed this glimpse into life in Aroostook. I've never been there but would really like to make a trip to Northern Maine someday. It's sad to see the potatoes left in the fields -- I hope the next growing season will be easier on the farmers.

Rhon Bell said...

Beth, it's definitely a great place to say you're from. The trip is long, but when you have family to visit - the trip is completely worth it. It's relaxing. Backyards that stretch as far as the eye can see, limited neighbors, and it's the way life should be. Thanks for the comment.

Keukahawk said...

and remains relatively untouched by man.

? I arrived in Aroostook back in 1964 and found a tremendous amount of evidence showing Aroostook quite highly touch by man.

The condition of the Woods through out Aroostook and has gotten more so since.

The Organic condition as well as the physical condition of the soil around all the Farms. A great deal of evidence of man's influence.

CastleHill Walker

Rhon Bell said...

CastleHill Walker,

You are absolutely correct. Man has touched most of Aroostook County. I should have said that it remains more wild than a majority of Maine, especially where I am now in Southern Maine. Thanks for reading.