When you think of Maine, you think of lobsters, beaches, lighthouses, sailboats, mountains and lakes. Trampling through a desert is the last thing that comes to mind. I mean, it’s New England, right?
But wait, you haven’t heard of Desert of Maine. Yep, a magnificent 40 acre piece of desert land exists in the backyard of coastal town — Freeport, Maine.
This strange phenomenon is owed to a glacier that deposited sand in this area about 11,000 years ago. In the 1800s rough farming and soil erosion exposed the ancient glacial sand, which eventually wiped out the entire farm.
Now a natural curiosity, the Desert of Maine is a popular tourist attraction. It offers a host of fun activities for the entire family – like hiking the nature trails among rolling hills and sand dunes, guided safaris, gem stone hunts, camping and picnic areas.
So if you’re planning to be in Maine this weekend, head for the rolling sand dunes of Desert of Maine and pretend you’re in the Sahara.