Off the Silk Road

For most of this blog, you have read about places in Maine that are “off the Maine road.” This post will be a little different.

In about two weeks from now, I will be traveling way off the main road, all the way to rural Yunnan Province in Southwestern China. I will be there for six weeks, during which I will be trekking, studying, and immersing myself in all aspects of Chinese culture. Although Maine coverage will be temporarily suspended during this time, you can read about my traveling group’s experiences here. The blog will be in the hands of my trusty Maine correspondents while I’m away. I can assure you that there will be a lot in store for you when I come back as far as the Maine coverage goes. While I’m away, I encourage/challenge you to:

  • Try something new.
  • Go “Off the Maine Road” and visit a place on the blog.
  • Go outside and enjoy nature.
  • Take a picture with a distinct theme or focus every day of the summer.
  • Try a new food.
  • See L.L.Bean’s Facebook page for cool photos of the outdoors.
  • Read Maine Magazine.
  • Travel to somewhere you’ve never been before.
  • Read a new book.
  • Read Off the Maine Road.

And so much more. See how many you can do! Have a great six weeks, and I’ll be back soon!

-Benjy R., Editor, Off the Maine Road

P.S. The picture below is an example of where in rural China I will be spending my time. I took this photo in August 2007.



  1. Myrna F. Ezersky

    Dear Benji,

    I loved this blog that you sent – especially your list of to-do items.
    I’m going to try to do as many as possible.
    Have a great time in China!

    Love to your parents,
    Aunt Myrna

  2. Lei Anne


    I can’t believe you took that photo when you were 8! I couldn’t even speak English at 8!