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    you will take lots of photos....

    by richiecdisc Written Nov 17, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wet weather gear is essential for everyone tackling longer hikes like Mt. Katahdin.

    Photo Equipment: Wide angle for city photography and landscapes, zoom for wildlife.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A good tent will save you heaps of money, rooms ain't cheap on the Maine coast.

    Miscellaneous: Lost of film, you will need it when driving around coastal towns like Dublin on the Main coast.

    a photographer's dream, Dublin
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    Bring a Good Sleeping Bag to Maine

    by AKtravelers Written Aug 31, 2005

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    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Even in the months of July and August, most Maine nights can get chilly. The temperature almost always gets below 70F or 21C at night and on many summer nights it can get even colder. If you're camping out in the spring and fall, expect it to be really chilly. When we camp in Maine, we always bring a sleeping bag rated for very wintery temperatures and a pad to put under it so that we have insulation from the cold ground.

    Miscellaneous: Note, in the photo, that our little Italian greyhound, Conrad, has two differnt colored eyes.

    Conrad curls up on a chilly June evening
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    Summers are Pleasant, Winters are Cold

    by AKtravelers Written Aug 12, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are packing for a visit to Maine in the summer, assume pleasant temperatures from late May through mid-September. On the occasional rainy day, it can be cool, so bring jeans and a jacket, but usually you'll find shorts and a shirt to be perfect. A typical Maine summer day will be cool, moderately humid with temperatures around 75-80F/24-27C. However, the summer of 2005 featured some days hotter than that, which can be unpleasant in a place usually considers airconditioning a frivoulous, useless expense.
    In winter, temperatures are usually below freezing -- often well below, and snow is common. Bring wool sweaters, long underwear, scarves, gloves and water replellant pants/coats. Boots for snow are important.

    Sitting in theshade on a warm Maine summer day
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    Bug Spray and Calamine Lotion!!!

    by ladyanne Written Jul 13, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: As light as possible, either carry on the ferry or ship at the freight office at the ferry dock.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shorts, t-shirts, bathing suit, towels, slicker, sweat shirt, sandles and sneakers.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Calamine lotion, alcohol ( to wash off if you get in contact with poison ivy). bug spray.

    Photo Equipment: Lots of film or lots of room on your digital card.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Beach towels for the cove (after tide comes in), and Kennedy Beach. Kyack, tennis racket, bicycle, fishing pole with strong line.

    Miscellaneous: Lots of books, most cottages don't have t-v, so read, read, read. Game boards and cards are also fun. Most islanders are great cribbage players, and will challenge you.

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    by DesertRat Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure you have some kind of rain gear with you. If you plan to do any serious hiking, bring some good hiking boots that are waterproof. At the very least, make sure you have an umbrella along, for it rains a lot up north.

    I'd bring warm clothes, too. Even in July it won't get much hotter than 80F or 28C. Usually it's 5 - 10 degrees cooler. Pack cotton flannel shirts, a sweater, and maybe a leather jacket because the coast can be very windy.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Insect repellant - the best you can get!!! The mosquitoes a.k.a. 'skeeters' are voracious in the woods. Teams of two or three have been known to carry campers off for a leisurely munch/lunch. ;-)

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    by davecallahan Updated Dec 7, 2007

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    Miscellaneous: You can get good street maps for Maine from Rand Mcnally or American Maps or AAA (if you are a member) but one of the better guide books is called "Maine: Explorers Guide" by Tree and English. It is full of ideas of where to go and what to see, best places to eat and shop, and some important history items that round out your vacation experience. (It is available at many of your better book stores like Barnes and Nobles).

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    by mainiacgal Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: From October to April it can be quite crisp outside, so pack long sleve shirts and heavy coats. Skiing is popular in the Winter, which is usually around 20-30(F) degress. In the Summer, June through September is very nice, mostly never to hot, mostly 75-85 degress. Pack shorts and a bathing suit. I wouldn't advise smimming in the ocean even in the hottest day in August cause the ocean water temp. never hits near 70. The lakes however are perfect!

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    by Sunshine64 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you're going hiking, you want some good hiking boots. The trails in Acadia are often rock/granite.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Whatever you do, take BUG SPRAY. I didn't use it as much as I should have, and have the bites to prove it.

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    by luckychance Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Just a regular old napsack will get the job done

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In the summer months it can reach temps in the high 90's and at night in the 60's to 70's.
    In the winter months be prepared to have warm clothing.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: insect repellant in the summer months (black flies)

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Dont leave food out cause of bears

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    by Kay_C Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It gets a bit chilly near the ocean, so make sure to bring along a sweater and a wind breaker. The rocks along the coastline are quite slippery due to the surf, so make sure to have good shoes, preferably waterproof with good grips.

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    by dzni Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I can only speak for the days in summer, but if you're there then, you'd be fine in shorts or even long pants. It's in-between temperature, where it's not too hot, but it's not too cold either. Anyway, temps were in the 70's.

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    by nrdnryspider Written Sep 8, 2002

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring warm clothing and go in the summer. It gets cold up there!

    Photo Equipment: Whatever works, or if you don't have it, whatever will do. If you don't have that either, at least bring a pencil and paper for sketching.

    Miscellaneous: Don't forget a healthy appetite! You'll never get another opportunity like you get here.

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    by CAPTAIN_HOOK Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: welcome to maine, all you need to fit in is:
    -an old umbrella
    -matching teal tank top and shorts
    -bottle of apple juice
    and -a walmart bag to carry your things around with.

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    Mosquito repellent and rain gear!

    by jenran1 Written Feb 25, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Waterproof or resistant hiking boots.
    Good goretex (or something like it) jacket.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent.

    Photo Equipment: Water resistant camera bag.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Rain fly.

    Cadillac Mountain
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