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Ray Routhier

Portland Press Herald staff writer Ray Routhier will try anything. Once. During 20 years at the Press Herald he’s been equally attracted to stories that are unusually quirky and seemingly mundane. He’s taken rides on garbage trucks, sought out the mother of two rock stars, dug clams, raked blueberries, and spent time with the family of bedridden man who finds strength in music. Nothing too dangerous mind you, just adventurous enough to find the stories of real Mainers doing real cool things.

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Posted: June 13, 2017

Beach like a local at Maine’s lesser-known spots

Written by: Ray Routhier

Do you want to beach like a Mainer? Do you want to be able to get around crowded lots, avoid entrance fees and sunbathe in the shadow of lobster boats? Well, you can, if you know where to go. While the traditional, touristy thing to do is pack up the SUV and head to a big public beach with a big pay parking lot, crafty Mainers have other ways to enjoy more secluded, quiet or slightly out-of-the-way coastal retreats. Sometimes it’s just knowing the right time to go, or the right place to park. Sometimes it means looking a little harder for a tucked-away strand you probably drive by 10 times a week. On Father’s Day, the state allows free admission for Maine residents to many, but not all, of its state parks. Among the popular beach state parks that will be free are Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth, Ferry Beach State Park in Saco and Popham Beach State Park in Phippsburg. Go here for a list of state parks with free admission Sunday, and see below for tips on how — no matter where in or outside the state you live — to beach like a local.



Staff writers Bob Keyes and Leslie Bridgers contributed to this report.

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