April in Maine is known as mud season. As the snow melts, dirt roads and driveways turn to mud, and many businesses including stores shut down. Surviving mud season can be challenging, but with a few tips and tricks, you can make it through unscathed.
Let’s explore some of the best methods for surviving this dirty season in Maine.
When Is Mud Season In Maine?
In the western section of Maine, mud season is in April. Sometimes it can start mid-month and go through mid-May to Memorial Day. It depends on how much snow there is during the winter. The above photo was taken early last May.
However, by the end of the month of May 2022, I found a photo of the temperature at 92 degrees one day. Where we lived prior, the New England muddy season was during the month of March.
Gearing Up For The Mud
The key to surviving mud season is being prepared. Make sure your car has a good set of snow tires so you don’t end up stuck in the mud. If you plan on going out, bring an extra set of shoes with you. Whenever friends come to visit during mud season in Maine, they bring slippers or another pair of shoes to walk in. They leave their boots in the mud room. Most homes in the area have mud rooms for this reason.
You’ll never know when a sudden rainstorm could cause a flash flood that will leave your shoes caked in mud! It also helps to have some basic items on hand just in case. Things like batteries, flashlights, non-perishable food, and water.
Be Cautious When Traveling During The Season
Traveling during mud season can be dangerous due to slippery roads and hazardous driving conditions. Make sure you check the forecast before heading out and make sure that your vehicle is in good shape before hitting the road.
If you get a car wash, don’t expect it to last long. We did recently after waiting since November and this is what my Jeep looked like a day later.
If possible, opt for alternative modes of transportation such as walking or biking whenever possible—just make sure that you wear bright clothing so drivers will be able to see you clearly!
Prepare Your Home
The first thing you should do during this season is to prepare your home. This means making sure your gutters are clear of debris so that melting snow doesn’t back up into your basement or other parts of your home.
You should also inspect any outdoor furniture, such as patio chairs or tables, for signs of wear and tear. If there are any pieces that need repairs or replacement, now is the time to take care of them before the summer months arrive.
Make Sure You Have Supplies
Since many businesses may be closed during this time in Maine, it’s important to ensure you have enough supplies at home for emergencies or needs. Stock up on food staples like canned goods, dry goods, and frozen foods so that you don’t have to worry about running out if businesses are closed due to bad weather.
Most restaurants in our area close for the entire month as owners and staff go on vacation.
Not only food but medicines and health care visits should be planned around the season as well.
Additionally, make sure you have all the necessary items for winter maintenance—like shovels and salt—on hand in case you need them while navigating muddy roads or sidewalks around town. It may still snow up in our area of Maine in April.
Invest in Good Boots and Rain Gear
A good pair of waterproof boots and rain gear is a must for surviving mud season in New England. The mud can be slippery, so you’ll want boots with good tread for stability when walking around outside.
And if you’re planning on doing any outdoor activities like hiking or camping during this time, you’ll need waterproof rain gear that will keep you dry no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.
Make Sure You Have Entertainment Options
April can be a bit of a bore if you’re stuck inside all day due to muddy roads or wet weather. Stock up on books, puzzles, movies, and other activities that can keep you entertained if you have to stay indoors for an extended period of time.
Regarding entertainment options during mud season, it’s always better to have too much than not enough. It may be a great time to start your garden indoors.
If you like 4-wheeling you may enjoy mud season the most in Maine. There are off-road trails throughout the state of Maine and New England. However, some may not be officially open to riders until after mud season.
But if you or your friends have a lot of acreages, you could play around in the mud. As always be prepared and bring some tools, gear, and food if something breaks down.
We have tracks on ours for the winter and we tried to do a ride in February. The track broke and we were stuck not far from home but with no cell service. We had to walk a bit to call friends for a ride.
Usually, my husband carries tools everywhere but this was supposed to be a short ride near home.
Stay Active Indoors
One of the best ways to stay sane during mud season is by staying active indoors. There are plenty of activities that can help keep boredom away during cold days indoors, such as yoga classes at a nearby studio or playing board games with friends and family members.
Take this time indoors as an opportunity to get creative; try painting classes or exploring new recipes with ingredients from your pantry. Maybe invest in an exercise bike or other fitness equipment.
The only place I can go for a walk during these months is in town or at the local school. The walking trails are filled with mud and in some areas where the sun doesn’t shine it is icy.
Mud season in Maine can be a trying time for those who live in rural areas; however, if you prepare ahead and stay active indoors there is no reason this time has to be anything less than enjoyable.
Keep these tips in mind as April rolls around again; by being prepared and staying safe inside during bad weather days. You can ensure that both your physical safety and mental happiness are taken care of throughout the season in Maine.
I’d love to hear your tips for staying sane during this time of year in Maine.