Before hitting the hiking trails this season with my new hiking boots, I needed to break them in first. It was a beautiful and sunshine filled day here in Maine, so we decided to get outside and go down to Farmington. Nothing beats a mild day during the winter with the sun shining. This gave me a chance to break in my new hiking boots and take a few photos. Our first stop on the way to Farmington was taking photos of Clearwater Lake in Industry. While in Farmington, we stopped by the Everyday Music Co., Reny’s Department Store, Twice-Told Tales Book Store and lastly The Farmington Public Library. The streets and sidewalks had piles of fresh snow everywhere. Everyone in town seemed to be in good spirits and enjoying that post snowfall energy you get here in Maine. The following photos are from this great day.
A pair of brand new Ahnu Women’s Montara Hiking Boots in Smokey Brown purchased from Cabela’s.
These boots are waterproof and breathable.
These boots provide sole-shock-dispersal plates that protect feet on rough terrain.
The outsoles provide excellent sure-grip traction and slip resistance on different types of surfaces.
The tall height design provides added ankle support
Dovey’s Kitchen on Clearwater Lake in Industry, Maine.
An American flag against a blue sky.
Veterans Monument in the Town of Industry, Maine at Clearwater Lake.
The mountains around Clearwater Lake.
The shore of Clearwater Lake.
An ice fishing house on the lake.
Clearwater Lake on a bright and sunny day.
Rocks in the lake water.
Broadway in Farmington.
Outside of Everyday Music Co. on Broadway.
The Water Bear (or tardigrade) in Downtown Farmington.
Street Art in an alley.
Storefronts on Main Street.
Outside Twice-Told Tales Bookstore on Main Street.
The Twice-Told Tales Bookstore sign.
The counter where all of your questions can be answered by helpful people such as Carol
The Twice-Told Tales Bookstore has a great selection of used books that are in great condition at decent prices.
A close-up of books on shelves.
The bookstore window.
The Twice-Told Tales Bookstore has something for everyone.
A book display inside the store.
A view of Main Street from inside the bookstore.
Franklin County Superior Court in Farmington, Maine.
Main Street in Farmington.
Java Joe’s on Main Street.
“Mainers” a temporary mural installation on the side of Java Joe’s on Church Street.
Tuck’s Ale House on Maine Street.
An upward view of Church Street.
Sugar maple trees (Acer saccharum) in the snow.
An iron fence in the cemetery.
The Center Meeting House Cemetery in Farmington.
An upward view of a sugar maple tree (Acer saccharum).
A view of the Farmington Public Library from Academy Street.
The Farmington Public Library is located on the corner Academy Street and High Street.
The staircase inside the library.
An oculus inside the library.
Paintings in the oculus room.
Oh look, an avid reader!
Iron detail of an arch.
The third floor of the library.
A wooden arch inside the library.
While at the library, I picked up a new library card.
These are the two books I purchased from the Twice-Told Tales Bookstore. These books are a part of a Swedish psychological thriller series by the late Swedish author and journalist, Stieg Larsson. The Millenium series includes, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. The two main characters in the series include Lisbeth Salander, a young woman who is a world-class computer hacker and Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist and publisher for Millennium magazine. Lisbeth is one of the most incredible characters I have ever come across and these two characters share unique chemistry. I really enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and I can’t wait to read the next two books.
Here is a side view of me wearing my new boots in the snow.
Here is a view of my new boots with a pair of wool socks I received for Christmas.
Well, I made it through the day with my new boots and they are great! No blisters or sore feet and I am ready to hit the trails.