Each month, Down East editors select our favorite response to “Where in Maine?” Here is our favorite letter from the April photo of Cascade Falls in Saco.
I grew up in Scarborough and have fond memories of fishing in a calm pool at the base of the waterfall and exploring the sunlit woodland trails. On one occasion, during a Cub Scout field trip, I discovered the “gorilla” cage, a massive structure with long vertical steel bars. According to Cub Scout lore, a gorilla once lived in the cage but later escaped to run wild through the woods. Each of us would pretend we were the gorilla trying to escape, while keeping a watchful eye to the woods in case he returned. In later years, I learned it actually was a bear cage. Last summer, I returned for the first time in 45 years. The memories of the thunderous waterfall, the smell of pines, and the gorilla all came rushing back to me.