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LET’S RUMINATE


Exploring the countryside is part of our Maine culture


Josh and I moved our family to Lee during the fall of 2000. Amelia and Kevin were just a toddler and infant! Lee is the town that I grew up in and where the majority of my family was still living. Josh began commuting (flying) to NYC from Maine each week for work and the kids and I settled into my parents’ home for the winter. Each week Josh would fly home on Thursday afternoon and return to the big city Sunday afternoon. Who knew that this beginning so many years ago would lead to our need to explore our own state for goats, new ideas to promote our business and different approaches to goating?


All he wanted to do was relax and spend time with us when he returned to rural Maine. On the other hand, I wanted to get out of the house after spending the week at home with two small children. It was compromising at its finest as we agreed to take a ride somewhere in the great state of Maine. Our brother-in-law Paul introduced us to a very specific brand of donuts that was new to Josh, being an “out-of-stater” and we all loved them. I told Josh the only place to get them was a little convenience store just over an hour away. So many roads were discovered as we explored our way around northern Maine in search of the best route to the little store with the world’s best bag of sugar- covered chocolate donuts.


BY KATHY CRISE


While traveling around the state looking for new adventures, the Crise Crew also promotes their own home business with magnetic signs on their truck and a handful of business cards.


Imagine Josh’s surprise in the local grocery store while


shopping one late April afternoon when there on the shelf was this bag of donuts that was supposedly only in one specific convenience store. No longer did we have to take a 3-hour ride just to get a bag of donuts! However, the rides continued! Traditionally, my Maine family always found joy in hopping in the truck and heading out to look for wildlife or explore a new road or whatever the excuse used that day. My parents were quite fond of taking Amelia and Kevin for candy and Bug Juice and letting them ride in the back seat of the Ranger around the back roads of the area. One time Kevin even pulled the pin on the fire extinguisher in the back seat of Papa’s Ranger and filled the cab with fire retardant while they were out looking for wildlife in the great outdoors. Fast-forward to present, Marble Creek Acres, Amelia and Kevin are young adults, our house is home to three grandparents and guess what our entire family still enjoys doing? Going for a ride! My 81- year-old dad has found as his body ages, going for a ride is sometimes the less painful way to spend the morning. Thursdays are “pig” day as his ride takes him by a pig farm and he checks on their pig-pen and growth. Riding with dad provides perspective and history that no phone app or website has yet to capture. Recently, while on pig patrol, a new piece of my dad’s history came to light. He was able to show me the exact location of the old farmhouse where he watched his very first television program in 1951 while spending the weekend with cousins! Josh’s parents live here too and they are still exploring all things Maine after retiring here from California five years ago. They have new friends that are life-long Mainers and they take them to places that even we seasoned “Mainuhs” haven’t discovered. Sitting around the dinner table each evening we compare notes, so to speak, on


20 Goat Rancher | August 2020


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