Maine is a large state to get lost in, especially at the time this memoir was written. Imagine a world without our 21st century conveniences, rig down to indoor plumbing and that all might refrigerator. Louis Dickinson Rich managed to survive without internet, Walmarts, or sometimes even human companionship. While in her early thirties, Rich and her husband found their livelihood in the remote settlement of Middle Dam, Maine. Louis tells of the wide array of loggers, fishermen, campers, and thrill seekers that make their way to her small community in search of sustenance and oft times shelter from the harsh Maine snow storms in which they find themselves. The author refers to her home as remote, calm and timeless, "that makes the scramble of ordinary life seem like a half-forgotten and completely pointless dream."
For an advocate of getting lost in fiction, I thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in the woods with Louis Dickinson Rich. We Took to the Woods is a MUST READ and the perfect way to start off this journey of reading cross America.
With train ticket purchased I am off to New Hampshire for the weekend. Before you get too concerned, I WILL put down any reading at 3:30 Saturday afternoon to cheer on my West Virginia Mountaineers.
Safe travels, Fun reading,