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Rhon Bell

Rhon Bell, an outdoor enthusiast, spends his time exploring the Maine Woods and documenting his journeys. Growing up in Aroostook County, he embraced the outdoor lifestyle at a young age. Living today near Portland, he spends weekends and week-long adventures hiking New England summits, canoeing the historic Maine waterways, and ice fishing for lake trout. Follow the journey as Window to the Woods discovers new destinations, and check out his other blog, Backwoods Plaid.

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Window to the Woods with Rhon Bell
Posted: December 31, 2014

A beautiful sunrise and a brand new year


The sun seemingly rises a little slower up north in The County, which always causes you to think. As daylight begins filling the snow-covered fields and the shadows slowly lift from the woods, a brilliant day starts to take shape. The beauty might be from the wide-openness of the landscape, allowing the sun to stand out on the horizon line, but there’s no turning your head from the scenic countryside that is flooded daily with golden and amber hues. So of course, this time of year is no different. With a little under a foot of snow in the yard, warm rays of sunshine bring unseasonable temperatures and thoughts of the New Year.

Let’s look at the New Year like we look an upcoming snowfall: It’s about adding a layer of freshness to our lives. As the snow builds up and accumulates on the needles of the spruce tree, it brings beauty. The pure white snow provides a change – an awe-inspiring and renewed view on what we’ve been looking at every day. This is the point we look back at how we’ve spent our days and recognize what ‘s worth carrying forward to 2015, or perhaps leave behind. This scenic outlook, like a few inches of fresh snow on life, will better us as humans and simply make the world, and our little corner of Maine, a greater place.



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