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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.

 

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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

 

Enjoy the Fun of Snorkeling

July 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Real Estate Blog, Recreation Land

snorkelerSnorkeling involves wearing a goggle mask which is equipped with a breathing tube; this breathing tube allows snorkelers to swim under the first few inches of water, so that the tube is still above water for air to be breathed in,

There are also snorkeling tubes with a guard that closes when the person swims deeper under the water, and holds their breath, which allows snorkelers to dive down to the coral below, or swim with schools of fish. There are many tips that people can utilize when snorkeling to not only ensure a safe experience, but also an exhilarating one as well.

Choosing the Right Equipment

First of all, it’s crucial that people look for the proper snorkeling equipment that fits them correctly, and allows them to snorkel safely. Before a snorkel is chosen, it’s important that people learn how to prevent fogginess from forming in their mask, unless of course they already have an anti-fog snorkeling mask to begin with.

The main causes for a mask to become foggy is due to oils and dust debris accumulating within the mask; with oils and debris present, moisture will easily cover the inside of the mask. To prevent this issue, snorkelers can clean their mask with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, and then rinse it out thoroughly, or they may also opt to use an anti-fog spray. However, once the mask has been cleaned, it should not be touched with fingers on the inside, as this is what causes the mask to fog in the first place.

Moving on to the next phase of selecting the proper equipment, like mentioned earlier, a snorkel with a splash guard, also known as a dry snorkel is advisable for those looking for the full snorkeling experience.

Whenever the swimmer dives below the surface of the water, a valve on a dry snorkel will close to keep water from entering the tube; furthermore, there is typically a purging valve on a dry snorkel to discharge water that may have entered the tube. Lastly, fins are one of the most important aspects for people looking to snorkel as well. When people are looking for fins, they should ensure that the fins fit snugly, and are comfortable; in addition, the fins should not fit too loosely or too tightly, or feel uncomfortable when worn. Good fins will allow snorkelers to swim with much less effort, and they will also help to keep people more balanced in the water as well.

Tips for Snorkeling

Before people jump right into the water, they should understand the currents in the area they are, and how weak or strong they are. In addition, it’s also advisable for people to get into the water from the beach, as opposed to a boat, unless they are with trained professional snorkelers. When in the water, it’s important that people swim slowly to avoid exhausting themselves, and they should also breath slowly and calmly. When people start getting the hang of things, they may attempt snorkeling dives in shallow areas first; for example, people may choose an area of coral to swim down to, and then slowly exhale as they’re returning to the surface.

As for holding their breath underwater, it’s best for people to acclimate themselves by inhaling and exhaling deeply for around five to ten seconds at a time, before going underwater. When they feel comfortable, they may inhale to fill their lungs with almost the entire capacity before diving; the reason for not filling their lungs entirely is because of the uncomfortable pressure this can cause on the body. Snorkelers may practice these techniques to get better each time they snorkel; not only will people be able to enjoy themselves, most importantly they will be snorkeling safely and cautiously.

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

 

Wilderness Medicine for the Enthusiast

July 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Real Estate Blog, Recreation Land

wilderness medicineWe are used to depending on the local drug store for our medical supplies. Here are 3 plants to use if one must rely on what is found in the wild. Always be sure you can identify the plant you use and be sure to label containers of stored herbs, they can look much alike.

YarrowAchillia millifolium,

A common plant in much of the US. Yarrow has been used to stop bleeding, also as an antiseptic and analgesic.

One of the easiest ways to use this plant is to crush or chew the leaves into a poultice, which is applied to a cut.

Strip out the stiffer midrib of the leaf, using the softer part of the leaves for the wound. Crushing the leaves with something other than the teeth avoids saliva in the wound, which can transmit disease into the cut.

Yarrow poultice is antiseptic, numbs the wound, and encourages blood clotting. This is a handy and effective first aid treatment.Leaves can be dried and powdered for use on minor cuts. Yarrow tea can be made by pouring a quart of boiling water over an ounce of dried yarrow, and allowing it to steep for at least an hour, steeping longer is better, even leaving the herb in the water overnight. The tea is drunk to treat cold or flu symptoms, always drink 2 or 3 qauarts of water a day while drinking yarrow tea. Yarrow is a very strong herb and it should not be drunk routinely, it can be somewhat habit forming, and taken in excess can cause liver problems.

Yarrow should not be consumed by pregnant women, unless under the direction of a doctor experienced in its use.

DandelionTaraxicum Officinale

Dandelion has a long history of use as a vegetable, it was introduced to the Americas, by gardeners growing it as a pot and salad herb. Dandelion is also used for a spring tonic, to make wine, roasted roots are used like chicory root to extend or replace coffee. The leaves are rich in vitamins A,B,C, and D, and are high in potassium as well. The leaves are reputed to be diuretic, and a liver tonic.

Willow bark, Salix spp. including, Salix Alba,(White Willow),Salix Nigra,(Pussy Willow),Salix Fragilis,(Crack Willow), Salix Babylonica (Weeping Willow). Other willow species contain less Salicin, the main active component, they are less effective. Willow bark acts like aspirin, the effects are a little slower to take effect, but may be more effective in reducing inflammation and pain at a lower dose. Willow bark is less effective in reducing fever than aspirin.

Willow Bark Tea

To make willow bark tea, bring to a boil 1-2 tsp of dried bark in 8 oz of water, and simmering for 15 minutes, remove from heat, steep 30 minutes. Drink 3-4 cups daily. Willow bark should not be used for children younger than 16 or by pregnant women

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Glamping In Maine

June 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Real Estate Blog, Recreation Land

9579023028_f4613a0b6a_o           What exactly is glamping you ask? The term glamping is a combination of the two words glamour and camping. Imagine if you could put a luxurious hotel in the middle of the woods surrounded by nature. Only the walls that surround your bed is more like a canvas tent and less like four solid walls. Most places where you can go glamping have showers, running water, electricity, air conditioning, heat, Wi-Fi, and full queen beds with 1000 thread count sheets. That is the glamour part and the camping part consists of having fires, roasting marshmallows, fishing, hiking, walking on nature trails, the sound of crickets and loons on a nearby lake, water activities and sleeping among the wild animals surrounded by trees in a deep forest. So, where in Maine can you go glamping? We’ve done the research and here are our favorite places we’ve found.

Maine Forest Yurts, Durham, Maine

Maine Forest Yurts was started in 2009 by Bob Crowley, the 2008 winner of the reality TV show Survivor. Like glamping in a yurt in the Maine woods isn’t cool enough! And these yurts really are beautiful! Maine Forest Yurts is located on a beautiful 100 acres on Runaround Pond. The yurts are fully furnished, have a wood stove, gas stove, kitchen, grill, bunk beds and futons. They are pet-friendly and family oriented. You can book your trip year-round and enjoy a number of activities from kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hiking, ice fishing, ice skating, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. They really have something for everything!

Sandy Pines Campground, Kennebunkport, Maine

Sandy Pines has uniquely designed tents for everyone! Each tent is 430 square feet and all of them have a kind sized bed, mini fridge, a sitting area inside and a deck with access to a shared bath house. Some of the tents have 10 x 12 teepees that are perfect for families. These 12 tents were individually designed by 1 of 12 New England interior designers. You’ll be able to take your pick from any of the themed tents. You can stay in Base Camp, Coastal Comfort, Nautical Nights, Sea Grass, Wildflower Retreat just to name a few. They also have tent sites and RV sites.

If you love to camp in style or if you and you and your partner just can’t decide between hotel service or camping in the woods, glamping would be a great compromise that everyone will enjoy!

 

 

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