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    Maineiac Outdoors

    What I Thunk About Tunk

    Two years ago, as I was compiling trail information for the AMC Maine Mountain Guide (10th edition), I visited Tunk Mountain, located east of Ellsworth on ME 182 in the unorganized township known as T10 SD. Read on

    Posted: November 1, 2013
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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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    Fall in New Hampshire | Hiking Mt. Major | Local Hotspots

    Afternoon temperatures dip low as we ascend the first peak of Mt. Major. The treetops, high above, sway back and forth with the early onset of winter winds. Strong steady gusts requires me to flip down the sides of my wool Stormy Kromer cap over my ears for protection. Read on

    Posted: October 24, 2013
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    Window to the Woods

    Aroostook State Park | Hiking in Presque Isle | The County Outdoors

    Today I explore the Northernmost state park in the East. Aroostook State Park is located at the tip of Maine and touts the honor of being Maine's first state park (about 5 hours North of Portland). The sun rises behind a cloud-filled sky as we tighten up our packs. Read on

    Posted: October 22, 2013
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    Window to the Woods

    Winter Prediction | Woolly Bear Caterpillar | Farmer's Almanac

    The Northeast may have a mild winter in store if one weather prediction method used by Old Farmer's Almanac holds true. The woolly bear caterpillar (known for their transformation inside a cocoon to a full-grown moth) is composed of 13 segments; black on either end with a reddish-brown center. Read on

    Posted: October 16, 2013
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    Window to the Woods

    Old Logging Roads | Exploring the Woods | Rangeley Camping

    I've expressed obsessions for a few things on Backwoods Plaid. One is history while another is logging. Logging in it's more primitive form is fascinating - the woodsmen took off into unexplored forests for the winter months to work in the woods, fell trees and load them onto frozen lakes. Read on

    Posted: October 9, 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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    Swing, toss, putt: Great Maine spots for mini golf, disc golf & batting cages

    Summer can get stressful. There's all that sunshine you have to deal with, plus the warm weather that begs for casual wear and flip flops. Folks need an outlet to mentally manage such summer burdens. We recommend baseball bats. And putters. And plastic discs that look kinda like Frisbees - but they're not. Read on

    Posted: October 1, 2013
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    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
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    Window to the Woods

    Canoe Trip Part #2/3 | Maine Camping | Fossils & Fire

    Morning light sneaks beneath the tarp shortly after 6am. My eyes roll open and I, in sequence, roll out of my hammock. A quick glimpse of the morning sunrise is cause enough for me to run barefoot for my camera bag. The rays of a golden sun reach far above the peak of Maine's famous Mount Katahdin. Read on

    Posted: September 20, 2013