Having been born and raised in Maine, the great outdoors has been a love of mine for as long as I can remember. My home state holds so many natural beauties -rocky beaches, rugged mountains, placid lakes, gushing streams, you name it. It’s the prettiest state in the northeast, and every season has its charm.

Sunset on Keewaydin Lake in Stoneham.
Summer sunset on Keewaydin Lake in Stoneham.
Fall foliage at Keeywaydin Lake in Stoneham.
Fall foliage at Keeywaydin Lake in Stoneham.
Winter yard off Keewaydin Lake in Stoneham.
Winter yard off Keewaydin Lake in Stoneham.
Spring paddle on Keewaydin Lake in Stoneham.
Spring paddle on Keewaydin Lake in Stoneham.

My high school even had a beautiful view of Back Bay in Portland, which is the biggest city in Maine (capping out at just over 66,000). Now to me, cities are advantageous for only two reasons: fun things to do and good food to eat. But alas, I’m not a city person. The list of reasons why I don’t like them is much longer, but can be summarized by the following items: noise, pollution, overpopulation. Living in a city makes me feel like my soul is breathing through a straw. So, moving to Boston for college was a big transition for me.

While my college campus was beautiful with many trees and grassy quads and lawns, it was still home to too many people, still surrounded by pure urbanization. I craved nature in it’s truest form. Because I was without a car, satisfying that craving proved difficult, and I never felt relieved enough until I visited Maine again. Nowadays I’m living in Somerville and working in Newton, and while I do have a car, my job limits how often I can go home. The working life just feels so much busier than college life, and I’ve been feeling trapped.

And here comes my idea for this blog. I’ve been researching fun outdoorsy things to do near Boston, but there aren’t many resources online that address this need specifically. So, I thought, why don’t I make that resource? I will be taking it upon myself to explore Boston’s wild frontier, and report back about my findings.

P.S. As I hope to travel a decent amount, expect to see the occasional post featuring a non-Boston location!

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