Outdoors
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    Window to the Woods

    Brilliance of a Blue Sky

    Stretching my legs out from beneath the tent’s screen room in Rangeley, I lie back on the grass and stare up to the brilliance of a blue sky. The sun shines brightly; its warmth causes my eyes to slowly close. The usual darkness found on the backside of my eyelids turns a lighter shade of grey. Turning my head to the right, I drift off to sleep. Read on

    Posted: August 2, 2013
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    Window to the Woods

    Morning Fog | Fields | Sunrise

    The 6am sunrise shone brightly through the East-facing picture window of the living room. Setting my steaming cup of black coffee down, I pulled apart the curtains to reveal a landscape covered in fog. I've read that catching fog just right on camera can be tricky. Read on

    Posted: July 30, 2013
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    Window to the Woods

    Summer Ice Caves | Hiking | Maine Attractions

    Most epic adventures aren't pinpointed and pre-circled for you on the crumpled pages of an old Gazetteer. If it were that easy - epic probably would be tossed around more frequently. My trick for discovering local hidden treasures is by talking to locals. Read on

    Posted: July 21, 2013
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    Camping

    Campfire gourmet: How to eat well in the woods

    While food seems to always taste better outdoors, this food tastes particularly delicious when eaten under the stars. The fact that it's already delicious probably helps some. Read on

    Posted: July 21, 2013
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    Window to the Woods

    Kayak Camping Trip | Wilderness | Adventure

    Just joining us? In my last post we set out for a multi-day kayak trip near Baxter State Park. We wake with this morning, humidity filling the air - an ideal time to wade out onto our private sand beach in the Maine wilderness for a quick and refreshing dip in the warm, summer waters. We'd paddled hard yesterday and this is a relaxing break. Read on

    Posted: July 16, 2013
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    Sunset sail awesomeness with Portland Schooner Company

    Because we Mainers are constantly surrounded by all the awesomeness our state has to offer it's easy to forget about some of the fun, cool, touristy things that get visitors jazzed about a stay here. Many of those things have to do with the beauty of Casco Bay. But looking out at the water from a dock along Portland's Commercial Street doesn't really cut it. Boarding an authentic wooden schooner does. Read on

    Posted: July 15, 2013
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    Window to the Woods

    Kayak Camping in Remote Maine | Loons | Sunsets

    With kayaks securely fastened atop the roof and a laundry-list of meticulously packed gear in toe, our journey began. For the next four days we would venture across a remote chain of lakes deep in the heart of the Maine Woods. Our kayaks would be our mode of transport, a backpacking tent our home, and a lightweight cook stove our warm-meal-supplier. Read on

    Posted: July 10, 2013
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    Outdoors

    Paddle your backyard: Kayak Casco Bay with Portland Paddle

    Portland Paddle offers kayak and paddleboard lessons, tours, and rentals to locals and visitors (East Enders get a discount!), giving the folks who live on the peninsula a long-overdue opportunity to push off from the beach and paddle around in their own backyard. A few weeks ago, on an overcast morning that hinted of rain (much like most of our days lately), I took a tour. Even better, I took pictures: Read on

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    Window to the Woods

    Mt. Washington Hike | Part II of II: Reaching Angel Falls

    The afternoon sun was warm on our shoulders as we packed up our things at the ranger’s cabin in Tuckerman Ravine. It was time for our sandwiches to kick in and give us the boost we needed to reach the top. Even our lab, packed with enough energy for the entire group, had a snack. Read on

    Posted: July 2, 2013
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    Window to the Woods

    Mt. Washington Hike | Part I of II: Tuckerman Ravine

    We start off for Mt. Washington at a decent hour. Parking near the trailhead is already packed, forcing us to find a spot in the overflow lot. Maybe we should have arrived earlier. Setting out on the trail almost makes you feel claustrophobic. Read on

    Posted: June 28, 2013