Do you know that there are more than 3,000 islands off the coast of Maine? If all were connected, I’m told they would extend all the way to Key West. Always the question is asked why are there so many islands? The simple answer is they were formed by a huge Ice Age melt more than 25,000 years ago.
At one time, about 250 of these islands were inhabited and residents earned a living primarily by working the quarries, fishing or shipbuilding. As time passed, people moved away from the islands for other opportunity, to educate their children or to live more comfortably. Today only 15 islands claim a year round population, however, effort is being made to lure families back to the islands.
Though it is not likely we will make it to all 3,000 islands we do a lot of island exploration, and I am continually amazed by their differences.
Once upon a time, many of the islands had working lighthouses and the only occupant may well have been the lighthouse keeper and his family. Today, most are not working as they have been replaced by more sophisticated warning systems.
There is so much more to see and explore when it comes to Maine’s islands, and I never tire of the discovery. Their wild natural beauty, the solitude take you to another time and place which is ever so calming.
Here’s hoping you have special places of your own to explore and marvel over.
i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind