These are a few posts I wrote about Lemon Stream in Western Maine. It’s a lovely area to both hike and ride close to on ATVs. These posts were separate here on the blog, so I decided to combine them to make things easier.
Maine ATV Riding to Lemon Stream
Laura and I took our first real trip out with the new ATV this past weekend. We had only ridden it together once before. That was for a lap around the back yard. This time, we’d ride about 12 miles up into the woods. Well, the logging roads, to be exact.
When we first moved to Maine six years ago, it seemed like one could do anything. I wasn’t even sure you needed a driver’s license to drive on the road half the time. People were driving old trucks that barely held together and ATVs were all over the place. Well, times have changed. They’re more orderly these days. I suppose that’s a good thing, but there are still ATVs all over the place. Good thing I like ATVs or I’d probably be sick of them by now.
I bought this beauty about a month ago. It’s a 2018 Polaris Sportsman 850. It’s as sweet as they come. I bought it used with only 600 miles on it and a lot of upgrades. It’s got a windshield, a winch, tow hitch, rear passenger seat, hunting racks, third brake light and a few other items I can’t remember right now. Basically, it’s set up and ready to ride. So that’s what we did. We went riding.
By the way, in the above photos, the rear passenger seat isn’t attached. Also, one of the primary reasons I bought this particular ATV was because it’s huge. I knew two people would be on it a lot and I wanted to make sure the machine could handle that type of weight.
Our goal was to do some berry picking. It’s that time of year again, so we rode up into the trails with that on our minds. When we made it to our secret spots, we learned that the season is not upon us yet. The berries weren’t ripe, so we continued up into the hills in an effort to climb a mountain to take photos of the spectacular views. Well, come to find out, some time during the past few years, someone put a cable across the entrance to the mountain climb and put some “No ATVs” signs up. That was a bust too. We ventured on though. I had one more idea. Since we were already out, we decided to go all the way down to a fairly private waterfall/stream that we know of in the area. It’s a tiny little part of Lemon Stream that consists of a bunch of small waterfalls. It’s very photogenic and I wanted to practice my long-exposure water shots again. I didn’t have a tripod with me, but I knew I could simply rest the camera on some rocks for stability. I tried my best and came up with these two photos as my favorites.
Do you see the silky water? That’s what I was going for. I did pretty well, but I can only imagine how much nicer things would be with a tripod and some sweet natural light.
Anyway, this wasn’t a bad trip for our first time out. It’s so much fun getting places by taking the back “roads.” We passed a few other riders on some ATVs and we all waved to each other. Also, next time, we plan on heading up to both Kingfield and Carrabassett Valley for some more riding. There are miles and miles of trails up there that cross many rivers and streams and go to many mountaintops. I’m excited about that. Thanks for reading!
The Walk at Lemon Stream
We’ve got a lot of streams around our state. It seems like you can’t walk more than a mile or so without bumping into one very cool stream or another. Our very own property borders two different streams and there’s another up the road. They’re actually all over the place. I like them because so many of them are so pretty. They also keep me entertained because no two are alike. And this time of year, they’re fabulous because if the sun is shining on them, you can see straight through the water to the colorful rocks below. If you’re lucky, you might even see a fish.
Laura and I have been walking up and down our road for about six years. It’s a good road on which to walk. It’s about a mile long, a dead end, and dirt. I guess we can’t ask for anything more. The problem is, after six years, the same walk gets a tad bit boring. I’m not complaining here, I’m just saying that every so often, we need some additional stimulation to keep us happy. With this in mind, yesterday I suggested that we drive up a neighboring road to walk through a wide trail as opposed to walking up and down our road. I actually didn’t suggest this at all. By the time Laura came out of the house with her sneakers on, I was already in the car with it started. I was ready to go. I even had my camera with me.
The spot we parked is sort of secret. I don’t know why it’s not more popular. Right next to the parking area are some cascading waterfalls that are beyond pretty. I recently told my friend Ian about this spot and he stopped by with his lady for a visit. They loved what they saw. On one side of the parking area is the stream (Lemon Stream) and on the other side are two trails. These trails can be ridden on by both snowmobiles and ATVs. I actually drove my truck down one a little after moving here. It’s pretty crazy what you can find in the woods around this area. Besides the streams, there are tons of trails to nowhere and everywhere.
Across the parking area is a yoga establishment. I don’t think it’s the type of yoga one would do for exercise, I think it’s more of a cultural thing. I’m not actually sure, but here’s a sign for it. It’s sort of like a small compound and I hear it’s quite nice inside.
Anyway, I’m writing this post to merely show you two different photos from our walk. The first one is the obligatory picture of the falls and the second is of the trail. When we left the house, it was warm and sunny, but when we arrived at the trail, the sun seemed to have all but disappeared and there was a chill in the air. I suspect that us being in a valley had something to do with that.
Here’s the photo of the falls at Lemon Stream.
And here’s a quick pic of the trail itself.
It was nice, but I wish there were more pine trees around. Hardwoods only have such a naked and cold feel to them. I much prefer to be enveloped, rather than be out there for all to see.
Okay, have a great day and see you soon.