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Turner, Maine

Posted by graywacke on March 17, 2013

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-every-time-I-get-around-to-it blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan –  I’m venturing back into the ranks of the USers, with this, my 22nd landing in the state of . . . ME; 22/23 (barely a USer); 5/10; 1; 155.1.  Here’s my landing map, showing that I landed in the ME boonies (which comprises the 90% of the state away from the coast):

 turner landing 1

A closer-in view shows that I landed in between Turner, Turner Center, North Turner, and that outlier, Buckfield:

 turner landing 2

You can see I landed very close to a stream, called, interestingly enough, Martin Stream; on to a new river for me, the Nezinscot, on to the Androscoggin (4th hit).  FYI, I’ve landed in innumerable creek watersheds, and 1108 different river watersheds, but only eleven “stream” watersheds.  Nine of the eleven “streams” are in Maine.  The two non-Maine “streams” are in PA and WA, but in both cases, the word stream is associated with another body of water (Bear Run Stream in PA and Fish Lake Stream in WA).  My conclusion?  Calling a creek or small river a “stream” is strictly a Maine phenomenon.  

OMG!  (Don’t worry, the “G” stands for “goodness.”)  I just found a simply amazing map.  I found it in a blog by Derek Watkins.  He is a cartographer who makes very cool maps.  And of all things, he created a map that shows the distribution of generic stream and creek names (not the proper name, but whether it’s a “run” or a “stream” for example).  He mapped the thousands of creeks, rivers, runs, bayous, forks, brooks, kills, streams, sloughs, swamps, washs, arroyos, cañadas (spanish for stream) and rios (spanish for river).  Because creeks and rivers are so prevalent, the following map ignores them:

turner stream names

Here’s a close-up of New England.  Can you see the greener patch in Maine?  Those are “streams.”  The blue are “brooks.”  Although it’s hard to see, I think that the only place in the country with “streams” is Maine.

turner - derek watkins

And check out NJ (where I live).  North Jersey & South Jersey might as well be two different states.  Philly-based vs. NY-based.  Phillies vs. Mets/Yankees.  Eagles vs. Giants/Jets.  Flyers vs. Islanders/Rangers/Devils.  Sixers vs. Nets/Knicks.  Area code 609 vs. 201, 732 & 908.   And now, based on stream names, brooks (for the north) vs. runs and branches for the south.  I live in the 609 area code, so:  Go Philly/Phillies/Flyers/Sixers/609/runs/branches.

Anyway, you have to check out Derek’s website.  He has a great interactive maps.  Rather than me describe them, just go to his site.  Click here to get there.

Moving right along . . . here’s my Google Earth (GE) shot, showing that I landed behind some fields in the woods near Martin Stream. turner GE1

There is GE StreetView coverage for the nearby road; here’s a shot of the establishment that’s in front of my landing (in fact, the word “landing” shows the direction towards the yellow pin):

turner GE2

This looks to be a used car dealership.  Let me see . . . (doing Google Maps search) . . . aye yup (said with a Maine accent).  There’s no doubt that I landed behind K&S Enterprises Used Cars.  Here’s an internet blurb on the establishment:

 turner K&S Enterprises

So, if you find yourself in Turner and in need of a set of wheels, I recommend that you stop by K&S and peruse their lot . . .

 Well, Dan, I must tell you that I’m flummoxed.  After a somewhat lackluster southern New England landing (sorry about that, Colchester CT), I have found this northern New England landing to be less than stellar.  Let me be more direct.  I can find nothing about the various Turners or Buckfield that would be of general interest to you and my greater ALAD readership – all four or five of you (on a good day).

 I have noticed for quite a while that New England landings are difficult for me.  I can’t put my finger on it, but the spicy hook seems to be lacking.  So, rather than spend a lot of time and wallow in angst, I’ll just post a few pictures of the Androscoggin and the Nezinscot and call it a day.

 Here’s an interesting Androscoggin shot, from Nat Geo (1981 by Sandy Felsenthal):

 Sandy Felsenthal androscog in 1981

And this, from the Western Maine Economic Development Council, shows an idyllic rural scene:

 SONY DSC

I’ll close with this Panoramio shot (by nrmjorl) of the Nezinscot right in beautiful downtown Turner:

 

 turn - pano - nrmjorl nevinscot in turner

That’ll do it.

 KS

 Greg

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