Tag Archives: Maine

Acadia memories on an important day

Many of us Mainers, who grew up not-so-far from Acadia National Park, likely grew up taking the place for granted. I know I did. When I was very young, trips to Mount Desert Island were infrequent, and I seem to remember complaining about spending so much time in the car. As I reached high school […]

State looking for first-time campers to experience Swan Island

If you’ve always considered camping, but never knew where to start, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Steve Powell Wildlife Management Area are running a contest that might appeal to you. The state is seeking first-time campers — only Maine residents who have never gone camping need apply — to participate […]

Brewer’s Cabin Fever Reliever outdoor show set for this weekend

The best little outdoor expo in these parts will return to Brewer this weekend, as the Penobscot Fly Fishers gear up for their annual Cabin Fever Reliever. Mike Hegarty, who is serving as the show chairman, said club members are eager to welcome attendees to the family-friendly event. “The big picture is [we’re] trying to […]

Snowmobilers gearing up for tri-state weekend

Maine businesses and snowmobile clubs are preparing to roll out the red carpet for out-of-state riders this weekend, as enthusiasts from Vermont and New Hampshire head to the state to try out the trails for free. Mainers are offered the same opportunity in those states Jan. 29-31. The weekend is the first of two “free” […]

Ice concerns spur Moosehead derby organizers to add another weekend

According to the original plan, the 9th annual Moosehead Lake Togue Derby with Ricky Craven was to be held Jan. 29-31 on Maine’s largest lake. Old Man Winter hasn’t been cooperating, which has spurred organizers to hedge their bet as they wait for safe ice to form. “It is uncertain what the ice conditions will […]

Age is just a number: Experienced paddlers enjoy nationals experience

A week ago, as he prepared to compete in the four-day Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta, J.R. Mabee of Bangor shared a secret about his sport. Champions, it turns out, come in all shapes and sizes. And ages. (Don’t forget that one). “Time in the boat and experience are the biggest things,” Mabee said. “A […]

Committee votes to return canoe nationals to Penobscot for next two years

When Scott Phillips and his fellow race organizers worked to stage the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta, they were hoping the races wouldn’t end up being a one-time event. Before the four-day championships wrapped up on Sunday, Phillips learned that attendees were duly impressed: During a Saturday meeting of the American Canoe Assocation’s competition committee, […]

Top paddlers ready for new nationals challenge on Penobscot

Old Town will be bustling this week as paddlers from around the nation head to the Penobscot River and test themselves against a “new” stretch of the Penobscot River. OK, that’s not entirely true. The river, of course, is still rather old. But the whitewater sections that will test competitors during the Penobscot River Whitewater […]

Sedgwick man wins Grand Lake Stream camp raffle

For the past 20 years or so, Desmond Ashman has looked forward to regular trips to the picturesque village of Grand Lake Stream, where he’d visit with friends, hunt, fish, and unwind. In the coming years, chances are that the 41-year-old Sedgwick lobster fisherman will spend even more time in that place he has come […]

Deer season diary: Selfie with a squirrel

For the past dozen years or so, I’ve spent plenty of November days in a particular patch of woods in the rural Maine town of Otis. Theoretically, I’ve been deer hunting. Actually (since deer rarely join me on my annual adventures), I’ve been squirrel-watching. Periodically, I’ve written columns about my interactions with the same squirrel. […]