When Mike and I were pondering all of our home options and seriously considering Maine as one of them, he said something that stuck with me. He said, “I like Maine because it has grit.” Grit is adventure and passion and figuring things out and asking your neighbors for help and being resourceful and embracing all four seasons.
There’s been a lot of chatter and concern with us signing up for East Coast winters, but this is not the first time we’ve lived full-time in snowy and cold conditions. We lived in Ashland, Oregon and we got accustomed to waiting for the snow plow to pass our driveway before we could make the 11 mile drive down the mountain. And this past winter in Arnold, we kept the pantry stocked with some hearty staples for the days when it was just too icy and nasty to leave the house.
Sure Maine is more extreme with the cold and the occasional storms, but people show up to work. Kids go to school. Life continues. We will be just fine.
And if that little pep talk weren’t enough, I’d like to toss a few facts at ya. A little West Coast vs East Coast for perspective.
January Average Low - 18
January Average High - 40
Average Annual Snowfall - 17’ (that’s feet folks)
Annual Sunny Days - 245
January Average Low - 13
January Average High - 30
Average Annual Snowfall - 5’ (the same in Arnold, CA)
Annual Sunny Days - 205
I’ll end with a couple final thoughts. Mike and I get it. California weather is mild and amazing. Every single wedding weekend I photograph, I have an out-of-state guest approach me and comment on how freaking amazing it is in wine country. But that weather comes at a very high cost of living and we want more out of life.
“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” - Nora Roberts
Please remember. There’s more to a town, to a state and to life than just the weather.