Through Dan’s Eyes

Published on January 1st, 2018
Dan staring out into the ocean at Acadia national park.

Earlier in the year, my brother and sister-in-law made the bold but necessary decision to leave the hustle and bustle of Boston and seek a lifestyle that better matched their evolved values. This resulted in them putting in an offer on a house in Deer Isle, a place that I never heard of in an area of Maine that I had never visited. Truth be told I was excited for them but skeptical that it would be a place that I could call home.

Through a random series of events, I found myself offering to fly out to help do some home renovations. In reality, what I was looking forward to was quality time with my brother while breaking shit with a crowbar. I’m happy to report that I succeeded at both!

Perhaps more important was the opportunity to walk a few snow covered miles to see things from another perspective. I love the beautiful Colorado Rockies, but there was something equally magical about seeing ice cycles lining the walls of a turquoise colored cove that pulsed gently while reflecting snow covered pine trees. There were also many trails leading to obscure nooks with quaint cottages that simply are invisible from Google maps (both street and satellite views). That remoteness was both deeply satisfying and yet oddly terrifying for someone so habitualized towards suburbia living with technology all around me.

Still, for a brief moment I did look at property listings and wonder... is this a path worth walking? The answer, for now, is not an absolute “no” but it will likely take more convincing before it’s a serious consideration. Still, it was a wonderful world to live in, if only for a moment.

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