Is It Hot Out Here?

We know what you are thinking: A desert in Maine? Are you sure that’s not ‘dessert’? Cuz there’s a lot of desserts in Maine, like maybe something blueberry based, or…

Okay, seriously, stop. We’ll just tell you about it.

There is in fact, forty-acres of Maine absolutely enveloped in sand. While, not technically a true “desert” it has existed in its similar state since 1925.

We stopped by the Maine Desert on our way to the LL Bean Flagship store. I had seen information about the Maine Desert and would have preferred to pass. But, of course, Kimmer just HAD to see it for himself. We paid the $21 ($10.50 each – ouch!) for the guided tour, and had to wait a few minutes since we had just missed the last cart. So we checked out the Butterfly Garden that was jam packed with five, count ‘em five, common monarchs, pretty lame.

The tour was on a tram which pulled by a temperamental Jeep and led by a man we surmised to be a bit tempemental as well, but we weren’t sure because of his lovely British accent.

We learned that the Tuttle family purchased the farm in 1797. The inexperienced family did not rotate the crops, and as will often happen, the soil began to erode. Over time, this erosion exposed the sand bed that had been placed below the soil by prehistoric glaciers. With continued erosion, the entire farm became overrun with sand. The blowing wind created dunes that soon covered many of the trees, barn and other farm instruments on site.

The sons abandoned the farm and it was eventually sold to Henry Goldrup who turned the 40-acres to the attraction it is today. You are free, with the price of admission, to hike around the dunes, visit the gift shop, butterfly garden and the historic barn museum.

Worth a stop, just to say you’ve been to the Desert of Maine.