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!