Where is A Life In The Wild? And what’s it all about?
We didn’t grow up out here. We moved from a small city to a small town in 1989 and thought we’d live there forever. It didn’t take long for the neighboring houses to close in on us. Did they move during the night? We moved to a tiny town. The population bounces between 60 and 70 depending on when families with kids move in and out of town. So where is a life in the wild? Here, middle of nowhere. Towns are few and far between. We are 90 miles from a city, 30 and 50 miles from Walmart stores, 10 miles “from town,” and about 30 minutes, less as the crow flies, from Canada. See the light gray line that runs through Vanceboro, through Spednic Lake and up? That’s the border between Maine and New Brunswick, Canada.
We live on a 45 acre homestead in northern Maine. Our land is surrounded by hundreds of thousands of acres of wilderness; lakes, ponds and streams, mountains and ridges, and beautiful scenery everywhere. Cell signals are iffy. We have 4G but really, we don’t.
We’re excited about a cell tower going up on the Passamaquoddy reservation this year. We really will have 4G then. <– That didn’t happen. Reception is no better and some days is a little worse. We had little or no signal for seven weeks last summer while the carrier figured out their issues. We haven’t had any long-term downtime since the tower was turned on but now it seems to reset often. “Waiting for a signal” is common on our phones.
Cable television ends 1.5 miles from the house and the landline is so iffy we don’t have a house phone. We depend on our cell phones. For television we have satellite and for wifi we have a 1M wifi signal off nearby Musquash Mountain. We seldom have 1M service and quite often have to rely on the hot spot on my cell phone for internet. As I write this we have two bars. Not one and certainly not four megs, just two bars. That limits us to text messages that are slow to go out and come in. As long as we don’t have an emergency we’re fine. I’m not a fan of the phone (introvert) so it doesn’t really matter much to me.
We don’t have neighbors in sight but we’re close enough to help each other out if necessary. There are three miles of paved road in town but endless miles of gravel roads and ATV and snowmobiles trails. You can legally ride ATVs and snowsleds on our paved roads providing there’s enough snow for the sleds.
Wildlife is a daily part of life out here. Bear, moose, deer, coyotes, bobcat, raccoon, skunk, porcupine, red and gray squirrel, chipmunk, various weasels, bald eagle, osprey, various hawks and others. We work to protect our ducks and chickens from predators. Our 2015 losses were to a bobcat (two birds) and a neighbor’s dog (10 birds).
Being away from the city and conveniences of city life for 27 years, living out here doesn’t seem all that remote anymore. I’m reminded from time to time that we really are in the wilderness…with a little bit of “civilization” around us.
It’s all about making a life in the wild by growing, raising, hunting, fishing and foraging for our food. We heat with wood, put up most of the food we eat, and we love the outdoors. Hiking, camp, canoeing and kayaking, and cooking out at one of the fireplaces outdoors keep us entertained. Thanks for joining us!