|Sahara desert...dunes and blowing sand|
But in Maine??? Imagining snowdrifts atop sanddunes seemed like an impossible visual oxymoron.
When we arrrived I was extremely skeptical, expecting a tourist scam, a mind set that wasn't helped by a gift shop and campground. But when I went into the "desert" I was actually intrigued. See for yourself.
You don't really get the impact with photos, but it is impressive in person. Not a "wonder of the world" kind of impressive, but it is a truly fascinating oddity of nature. My ex-husband is a Maine native and remembers visiting the Desert of Maine and seeing one of the original farm buildings [a spring house] before it was completely buried by the shifting sands. Now there are just pictures and a signing marking its location.... until the next shift that is.
Technically the area receives too much rainfall to qualify as a "desert" but these acres can transport you to another world, help you imagine a true desert, open your eyes to the wonder and the stubborness of nature, learn to respect the tenacity of pine trees, ..... and yes, even the annoyance of sand in your shoes, pants and eyes.
For a video from a local tv segment about the site click below
P.S. If you can't view the video imbedded then click here.
Image credits: mccullagh.org, biologyprojectwiki.wikispaces.com, reidsguides.com, enghofer.com, ericrowe.com, you tube