“I wanted to thank you for introducing me to your wonderful family and town. I had an amazing time meeting everyone and learning about lobster fishing, as well as, boat building, metal fabrication, and wind turbines. Norbert took me out on the boat and we pulled a trap near the light house; two “shorts” is all we caught, but the trap had only been in the water for an hour or so. They had lots of really nice things to say about you…”
Several weeks back, a man named Tom contacted me after reading my blog. As he said in his email:
“I came across your blog “Notes from a Lobster Fishing Village” in my travels up the East Coast to Maine. I live in New Orleans and work as an architect and carpenter, but for the last three weeks I have been traveling from Louisiana along the east coast towards Maine (mostly of the beaten path). I’m in Mass now and headed to Maine in the next couple of days; this will be a foreign land to me as I have always lived in the south. I am very interested in seeing and spending a little time in one or a few small fishing villages in Maine, and was wondering if you could offer any suggestions. I have been mostly camping so far, and working on a couple of farms here and there in exchange for a meal or place to camp. I’ve never done any lobster fishing, but wouldn’t mind exploring that experience if it’s possible. Thanks for your time, and thanks for your wonderful blog.”
I gave him a few suggestions of places in Southern Maine that were a bit more “off the beaten track” and worth a visit. I also offered to connect him with my family if he felt like making the trek all the way to Downeast Maine, though I warned him it would be quite a journey and suspected he wouldn’t make it that far.
Lo and behold, he made it all the way to my home town and last week I got another email from him, as follows:
Isn’t it wonderful how modern technology can make such connections possible.