We’ve got a nearby lake that’s probably considered the crown jewel of the entire area. It’s called Clearwater Lake and it’s located in Industry, Maine.
I’m not a big lake guy. I used to be when I was growing up, but after I left home to go to college, I haven’t found myself visiting and swimming in lakes like I used to when I was a kid. The lake I swam in when I was a kid was basically the thing to do. I can remember getting out of bed every morning during the summer, hopping on my bike and riding down to the lake. All my friends met me there and we spent weeks and weeks and weeks boating, turtle hunting and every other activity the water down the road offered. But since I moved away from my home town and as my friends got older, those types of activities just faded away. But sometimes, when I just lay around thinking, I find myself wishing those “summer” days would somehow return.
I didn’t expect Maine to feel much like summer. Before we arrived, most of my focus was on how we’d get through the winters. Summer was an afterthought. As it turns out though, summer is really what people come to Maine for. We’ve got a wide temperature range up here. It’s mostly mid-70s during the day and high 40s at night. It’s that range and the cool nighttime temperatures that remind me of those camping trips my family used to bring me on long ago. Pulling a sweatshirt over my head as soon as the day cooled off was something I never paid much attention to, but now those thoughts cause all sorts of memories to flood my mind each time I do it. It’s weird and somewhat of a challenge to sort things like this out. I’ll get used to it though, because it’s truly a rewarding feeling. Searching and searching for those old summer days, only to find them someplace I never thought they’d be – odd and satisfying at the same time.
I think Clearwater Lake has the potential to be the lake for us. People around these parts truly value the area and every time I pass by the lake, I see kids climbing on the rocks and varied individuals fishing and boating. Some of them swim, but the water is still chilly, so I think I have to wait a while to glimpse more of them jumping in for a dip.
While Seth was up visiting, we passed by Clearwater Lake on our way to Farmington. I stopped and we took some pictures. I just filtered through mine and will post them below. After that, I’ll post a few of Seth’s. It’ll be fun to see the different angles and subjects between the two of us.
Here are the three I’ve got:
Here are Seth’s photos.