Patrick Lalime

Patrick Lalime

8th Grade

All Saints Catholic School

Bangor

Mrs. Whitney

 

Springy Pond

A True Mainer’s Lake

 

There are plenty of beautiful places to visit in Maine. Most tourists visit Acadia National Park or Sand Beach, and I knew that most people would be writing about those places. I challenged myself to think of the one place that would outdo all others, even Thunder Hole and Baxter State Park. In no time at all I had started my essay on Springy Pond.

 

 

 

This small lake is located just south of Green Lake in Otis, Maine. Upon visiting our pond, some would turn around after seeing its small size, and move on to bigger and “better” things. But it’s that small size that keeps the people who live there a close knit family. If someone on the lake is hurt, the entire population will be at their house, caring for them and taking care of them. If anyone happens to stop by, looking for a place to dry off from a day swimming, they will be welcomed into a quaint, log cabin home as family. This is what tourists and other visitors should think of when they imagine Maine. Our natural hospitality adds tremendously to the quality of our lakeside community.

 

 

Patrick Lalime

8th Grade

All Saints Catholic School

Bangor

Mrs. Whitney

 

 

 

Another reason to visit Springy Pond is simply because of the sight­seeing. The only places that are not covered by forest are where small patches were cut out to allow for houses to be built. They were constructed to blend with the woods, and the “Lincoln Log” shade of brown found on most of the camps complements the natural beauty of the woods. While the outside of the camps are blending with the woods, the inside is being kept warm by elegant fireplaces that whisper the occupants to sleep with snaps, pops, and crackles.

 

 

 

This lake has marked a significant part of my childhood. Even now I feel a spark of excitement when I feel the car begin to rumble beneath me as the tires roll against the winding dirt road that leads to my camp. I hope that one day you can feel the same spark.