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Finding Blueberries in Maine

July 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Real Estate Blog, Recreation Land

pyo blueberriesBlueberries in Maine

Every year people come to Maine to pick blueberries, wild or not they can be found all over the state and are enjoyed by locals and tourists. Blueberries are a superfood that can be enjoyed in smoothies, on yogurt, in a pie or all by themselves. They can be frozen and enjoyed in the cold winter months as well! Here you will find out when the best time to pick them is and where you can find them, both wild and grown by locals. We will also share the best way to freeze them!

Blueberry Hill Farm, Acton Maine

Here you will find highbush blueberries that can be picked from mid-July till September and sometimes even October! They are open every day from 8-5 as long as the berries are ripe. You can call 207.457.1151 to check before you make the trip.

Rupert Berry Farm, Turner Maine

Rupert’s started out as having strawberry fields but over the years they have changed from growing strawberries to blueberries. The blueberries are high bush and only $2.00 a pound when you pick them yourself.  The owners are both a delight to chat with and will show you right where to go. They also have pick your own raspberries but those go fast so call ahead at 207.966.2721

Wild blueberries

Streaked Mountain, Buckfield Maine

Here you will have to work to get your berries! It’s a quick, steep hike taking anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour depending what kind of shape you are in. But when you get to the top roam around, especially the back side of the tower on top to find the most berries. Don’t forget to bring a Ziploc bag!

Mount. Pisgah, Winthrop Maine

Another quick hike that offers many patches of blueberries right along the top of the mountain. You can even find some right on the edges of the trails so keep your eyes open. You’ll be even more rewarded once you climb the 60-foot fireman’s watch tower with amazing views!

Once you have your berries picked you’ll want to rinse them thoroughly under cool water.  Even if they are wild you’ll want to rinse off any bugs and tiny twigs you might have picked. Next, you’ll lay out the berries on a cookie sheet to dry for about an hour (If you were to rinse them and toss them in the freezer they would be a hard ball and impossible to cook with). You will then place the sheet of berries in the freezer for another hour. Once the berries are frozen you can put them in a freezer bag and use them for up to six months. They work great in smoothies and muffins!

Photo credit: Carrie Stephens via Foter.com / CC BY

Camping Tip – Boiling Water for Safe Drinking

July 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Real Estate Blog, Recreation Land

boiling-water-on-campfire-300x243In the wilderness there are very few places to find water that is certainly safe to drink.  Water coming from the ground is usually your best shot, but there is no way of telling its actual source.  Does it come form a spring, or did it come from a run off stream that started from your local beaver bog?

In order to be certain water is safe to drink you will need to boil it.  You could use water filters or iodine tablets but if those options are unavailable you must boil any water you find.  Water in nature can and often does look crystal clear, sparkling and refreshing.  Never be fooled by the clarity of the water, it almost definitively has been contaminated with the feces of warm blooded animals, most commonly beaver.  This is where the term beaver fever comes from.  This contaminated water can cause giardia and typhoid fever.

Giardia is very common in survival situations, the feeling of thirst is over powering and often times people do not have a container to boil water in.  If you become contaminated with giardia your chance of survival plummets.  It is one of the fastest ways to dehydration. You will most likely be vomiting and have diarrhea together, which will cause you to lose body water rapidly.

Giardia.. Yuck!

Boiling water kills germs, bacteria and viruses, it does not however remove chemicals from water, it can actually concentrate them.  If you have a water source like a river flowing out of a major city or other source you believe could be contaminated with chemicals, that water should be chemical filtered, then boiled.

Many times people have containers like kayak helmets or other things that will hold water but are not able to be put over an open flame.  In this case you can use the rock boiling method.  Heat rocks over an open flame and then place them in the container until the water boils.

The question often arises as to how long you should boil water in order to make it safe.  Almost all sources on this subject have a different opinion leading to much confusion, even among experienced outdoorsman.  I follow the guidelines of science and the Wilderness Medical Society which states;

According to the Wilderness Medical Society, water temperatures above 160° F (70° C) kill all pathogens within 30 minutes and above 185° F (85° C) within a few minutes. So in the time it takes for the water to reach the boiling point (212° F or 100° C) from 160° F (70° C), all pathogens will be killed, even at high altitude.

What is not well known is that contaminated water can be pasteurized at temperatures well below boiling, just like milk, which is commonly pasteurized at  160°F (71°C).

So there you have it.  Water is fully pasteurized by the time it hits its boiling temperature.  Any further boiling and you are wasting time and resources like fuel for the fire and the water itself through evaporation.

It is always good to have proper equipment for collecting clean water, but in a survival situation you need to know how to collect clean water without your gear.

Maine is a Perfect Place for Metal Detecting

July 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Real Estate Blog, Recreation Land

maine beach metal detectingMetal detecting is a fun hobby with endless possibilities as to what you can find. Anything from coins to historic knives, jewelry, and even gold can be located by most metal detectors today, and some of them are just perfect for beginners. Maine is an amazing place for metal detecting since you can scour the beach, remote abandoned farm lands, high activity recreational areas and your own back yard since chances are the people who lived there 80 or 100 years ago left some trash to find.

Here are three high quality entry level metal detectors to get you started.

garret 250Garrett Ace 250

The Garrett Ace series is on the cutting edge of metal detectors today, and the Ace 250 is their best entry-level detector. This detector has a 6.5 X 9 inch coil, offering a scan area of 10 inches. It has an incredible depth range that can find objects as far down as 8 inches, and its pinpoint feature will tell you exactly what you’re digging up before you do so. It has 5 search modes for those who are looking for specific metals, a notch system that can be used to reject objects you’re not looking for, and a headphone jack that ensures you won’t disturb others when you’re looking for buried treasure.

fisher f2Fisher F2

The F2 might have more advanced features, but it’s also a great detector for beginners. There are 3 options to choose from, starting with the standard model with an 8-inch coil and going as far as the search coil combo, which has three different coils, a carry bag, and a pinpointer among other things. The coils are waterproof, there is a 4-tone audio system that tells you what you’ve found, a large LCD display for easy viewing, and all of this comes in at only 2.8 lbs, making it one of the lightest metal detectors on the market today.

 

bounty hunterBounty Hunter Tracker IV

This detector is considered to be the best for beginners by many avid detector enthusiasts. The Tracker IV, like all Bounty Hunter detectors, has a fast learning curve, but it also has an 8-inch coil that can find small objects as deep as 8 inches or larger ones as deep as 3 feet. Both the coil and stem are waterproof, enabling you to find objects in creeks and small streams. It also contains a preset ground balance that can distinguish between coins and the natural minerals that occur in sand and soil, making this an excellent option in the most extreme soils. It uses 2 9-volt batteries and weighs only 3 lbs, an excellent option for new detector enthusiasts.

Finding Pirate Treasure in Maine

July 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Real Estate Blog, Recreation Land

Maine-treasureIf you are looking to plan a family vacation, you should probably consider going to Maine. There are several legends that state lost treasure has been buried along the coastlines, and only one person has yet to claim any of the booty.

The theory behind all of the buried treasure is that the labyrinth of islands that make up Casco Bay offered the perfect place to hide treasure. The labyrinth was so perfect, that many of the legends report the treasures to have never been collected once hidden.

It is reported that a local man, John Wilson, stumbled upon one of the treasures in 1853. As he was longing along the jetties, he slipped and one leg went between the rocks. As he was trying to free himself, he noticed an old coffee pot. Upon inspection, Wilson found that the pot was filled with old Spanish coins. Wilson profited $12,000 from that find.

One legend states that Captain Keiff lived on Cliff Island, and he used passing ships to acquire his treasure. He would walk the coast of the island with a lantern, guiding the ships into shallow waters that had sharp rocks just below the surface. When the hands abandoned ship, Keiff and his crew would go loot the ships and hide the treasure. Legend has it that Keiff accumulated over $400,000 in wealth through his tour guide methods.

There is another legend that tells of a large cache of treasure on Jewel Island. Supposedly, Captain Chase served as one of Captain Kidd’s men. During Chase’s service, he managed to steal all of Kidd’s wealth. It is believed that he buried the treasure in hopes of retrieving it after his service ended, but that he never returned to do so.

If one were to believe all of the legends and stories involving treasure that has been buried along the New England coastline of Maine, they would know that legends tell of over $35,000,000 worth of treasure just waiting to be dug up.

Next time you think of vacationing, you may want to check on taking a trip to Maine. If you are one of the lucky few, you may walk away a millionaire. If you do not find buried treasure, at least you could say that you had an interesting vacation traipsing along the coastlines looking for signs that someone was trying very hard to hide something.

 

Photo credit: bogenfreund / Foter.com / CC BY-SA

 

Try Out Paddle Boarding this Summer

July 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Real Estate Blog, Recreation Land

paddle-boardingPaddle boarding is the sport in which you stand on a board and move yourself along with a paddle. It is becoming one of the most popular outdoor sporting activities across the globe, and it offers you a great full body core workout. It can be done on virtually any body of water, including the ocean, lakes, rivers and even swimming pools. This sport can be done by people of all ages, skill levels and experience.

Optimum Conditions

It is recommended that you select a relatively calm body of water to paddle board on for your first try. That way you can get accustomed to balancing yourself on the board before trying to do so with heavy rocking motions. Try paddle boarding for the first time on a day that has little or no wind as well.

Getting on the Paddle Board

The big question that everyone has is how do you get on the paddle board once you get it in the water? First of all, you want to make sure that the board is in the water so that the fin of the board isn’t hitting the bottom. Then, you can climb onto the board by grabbing the edges just above the center of the board, placing your knees in the center of the board. You should be in a kneeling position near the center of the board after getting onto the board. Take the paddle and conduct a few strokes to get a feel of the paddle board and moving while on the board.

Standing on the Paddle Board

To stand on the board, slowly stand up with one foot at a time, staying in the middle of the board with your feet parallel. Keep a slight bend in your knees, and keep your core centered over the board. Once you’re fully standing on the board, remember to keep your knees bent and to use your hips to balance yourself against the wobble of the board. The key to learning how to stand up on a paddle board and stay up on it is to learn how to master the wobbling motion of the board.

Paddling While Standing

Once you’ve mastered standing up on the paddle board, use the paddle to conduct strokes to move along the water. Always hold the paddle from the top of the handle—not like a broomstick. Position one hand at the top of the paddle and the other hand on the shaft instead of putting both hands on the shaft. This can help you immensely with conducting strokes.

Photo credit: James Willamor / Foter.com / CC BY-SA

 

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