Camping
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    Window to the Woods

    Spring camping – it's coming!

    Let's pretend it's not snowing outside today and just focus on the fact Spring is only eight days away. A little remaining snow on the ground is no reason to stay indoors all weekend long, even if you are a fair-weather outdoorsman. Read on

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    Posted: March 12, 2014
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    Window to the Woods

    72 hours in Rangeley, Maine

    What do a helicopter, four deer and a killer chili recipe have in common? Ski or snowshoe on over and read how to spend 72 hours in Rangeley! Read on

    Posted: January 29, 2014
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    Window to the Woods

    Week-long Canoe Trip | Moose, Sunrise, The Ending | Part 5

    We're on the fifth day of our remote canoe trip. Plans have us reaching our destination tomorrow morning - a boat landing where one of our two vehicles is parked. Unfortunately, it's my honeymoon and my loving wife left the keys for that vehicle at our launching point, 40 miles North. A moment of panic sets in as those words leave her lips. Read on

    Posted: November 27, 2013
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    Window to the Woods

    Week-long Canoe Trip (Stranded) | Chesuncook Village | Part 4

    Coffee begins percolating over the propane flame around 4:45am. The evening had a chill that the sleeping bag simply couldn't cut. Luckily, this Coleman stove is slowly unthawing my finger tips at the picnic table. Read on

    Posted: November 19, 2013
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    Window to the Woods

    Week-long Canoe Trip | Whitetail Deer & Adventure | Part 3

    Deer, Canadian geese, troves of wild blueberries and hammock relaxation greet us on day three of our canoe trip down the West Branch of the Penobscot River outside of Baxter Park. It's been over 80 hours since we last saw another human being. Read on

    Posted: November 13, 2013
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    Window to the Woods

    Week-long Canoe Trip | Bald Eagles & Moose | Part 2

    The West Branch of the Penobscot is famous for its wildlife and our first day on the water proved that fact. An hour into our paddle, we were passing the flask around a corner as a moose spotted us from the muddy waterside bank. With inquisition and a hint of tameness - he stood in place - rubbernecking as our canoe made way down river. That's something to raise a toast to. Read on

    Posted: November 5, 2013
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    Camping

    Gear here! Portland Gear Hub makes the Maine outdoors more accessible

    A new collaboration between Camp Ketcha and the Community Bike Center in Biddeford aims to make that all-important gear easy to get, which makes the Maine outdoors easier to enjoy. The Portland Gear Hub, located at the Portland YMCA on Forest Ave., is now home to a small but growing gear library, thrift shop, and workspace. Read on

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    Window to the Woods

    Week-long Canoe Trip | Penobscot River | Part I

    PART I: After debate over a tropical vacation get-a-way, I opted to purchase a canoe and spend a quiet week on Maine's historic West Branch of the Penobscot River. With a total paddle distance around 50 miles, we'd break it up evenly, fish the afternoons away and spend evenings at the remote campsites, dotted every few miles along the riverbanks. Read on

    Posted: October 29, 2013
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    Window to the Woods

    Safe Drinking Water While Hiking, Canoeing & Fishing

    Safe drinking water is key to all outdoor adventures. Bacteria, giardia, salmonella, viruses and other microorganisms can be a concern when collecting drinking water from natural sources. Treatment methods are usually water filtration or boiling. Read on

    Posted: October 1, 2013
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    Window to the Woods

    Canoe Trip Part #3/3 | Maine Camping | Fly-Fishing & Lean-to's

    A mirrored lake greets us as we cook a hearty morning breakfast. A pile of dri-ki (drift wood) is stacked near the waterfront - a potential bonfire in waiting. Blue skies indicate a beautiful afternoon of paddling. Read on

    Posted: September 26, 2013