It Ain’t Always Winter in The County

Vaughn 2017


Whenever I tell people that I live in THE COUNTY their first response is “It’s so cold up there and the winters are sooo long!” This is not always the case. I spend a lot of time riding my ATV on the hundreds of trails and woods roads where ATVing is allowed. Without a doubt late September and early October is the optimal time for this.

In the past week I’ve been fortunate enough to have encountered several moose, two black bears, and numerous partridge. I use the excuse that I’m going bird hunting, but the truth of the matter is I consider a good HUNT one in which I see birds, shoot at several, but kill none.

The following photos are the real reason why I do it

fall 2016

One Reason Why I’ll Never Sell My ATV


Fall 2017 2

It’s true that fall has its downside (Like what follows) but I still look forward to it every year. The crisp, sometimes frosty mornings followed by sunny days when the temperatures reach the upper sixties and lower seventies (although this year we’ve had several days in which the National Weather Service has posted temps in the eighties) are idyllic. When people ask me what is the best time to visit I send them the pictures above.

Anyone up for some Bird Hunting?

About Vaughn C. Hardacker

Vaughn C. Hardacker has published seven novels and numerous short stories. He is a member of the New England Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, and the International Thriller writers. Three times he has been a finalist in the Maine Literary Awards Crime Fiction category, SNIPER in 2015, THE FISHERMAN in 2016, and WENDIGO for the 2018 award. The second installment of his Ed Traynor series, MY BROTHER'S KEEPER, was released in July 2019 and is available through all major booksellers. A signed copy can be ordered directly from Vaughn ( RIPPED OFF is his most recently published crime/thriller, it was released on January 25, 2023 by Encircle Publications. He is a veteran of the U. S. Marines and served in Vietnam. He holds degrees from Northern Maine Technical College, the University of Maine and Southern New Hampshire University. He lives in Stockholm, Maine.
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5 Responses to It Ain’t Always Winter in The County

  1. Lea Wait says:

    Beautiful pictures, Vaughn! I’ve only been up your way in winter … some day I must get there earlier!

  2. Vida Antolin-Jenkins says:

    Simply spectacular! Thank you for the incredible view.

  3. Barbara Ross says:

    Beautiful photos, and this has been another amazing New England fall. I’ve never been up your way, but intend to remedy that some day.

  4. Unfortunately it only lasts a week to ten days…All of the leaves are past peak and most have fallen.

  5. I agree that fall is terrific. as for the County, late July and August are pretty darn nice as well-fields full of wildflowers, night sky scarily clear.

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