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Rhon Bell

Rhon Bell, an outdoor enthusiast, spends his time exploring the Maine Woods and documenting his journeys. Growing up in Aroostook County, he embraced the outdoor lifestyle at a young age. Living today near Portland, he spends weekends and week-long adventures hiking New England summits, canoeing the historic Maine waterways, and ice fishing for lake trout. Follow the journey as Window to the Woods discovers new destinations, and check out his other blog, Backwoods Plaid.

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Posted: October 28, 2014

Snow in the forecast, cooler days ahead

Written by: Rhon Bell

Frosted early morning windows and the bite of a chilly morning indicate a true changing of seasons. With snow in the weekend forecast and freezing temperatures about to strike southern Maine it’s time for us to slowly place the warmer days in the rearview and prepare. Whether that involves stacking firewood closer to the backdoor or heading to camp and bringing home boats and kayaks.  As if it weren’t terrible enough that I just started my first fire of the year already, it was hard to swallow that frost hit this morning in the mountains. I gladly took a day off from work and got an early rise on the day, heading off to the lake. Loading up the boat and kayaks for winter storage with exposed hands under near-freezing temps in October was surprisingly chilly and had me happy to hop back into a heated truck. As you prep for the cooler days ahead (and a time change) remember the suntan that is slowly fading and the memories associated with it.


The sun starts rising above the far-off mountains and opens the sky up to a beautiful orange sunrise. Frost sits on the kayaks. With interstate speeds and warming temperatures, hopefully it blows off.


Chilled hands and numb knuckles.


Ready for a fireplace and the heat from a beating fire.


My chocolate lab, Casco, holds on to summer,  refusing to hop out of the kayak for winter.

IMG_17601Instead, we pose for a quick photo and remember warmer days gone by.

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