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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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Window to the Woods with Rhon Bell
Posted: February 25, 2014

Moon in the morning: Portland

I keep my boots pre-tied with a simple over hand knot on the fourth eyelet down for mornings like this. I woke up a little late, slid on my boots and jumped in the truck. I’m not sure how I missed my first alarm, but the sun was already beginning to peek above the horizon.

Curiously watching me head out the door.


Sometimes I get caught up in the day-to-day and  assume the moon rests during daylight hours. This AM, she still hangs, watchful, over a quiet Portland.

As a youngster in The County, my family never payed visits to the coast. Vacations came in the form of road trips to Tennessee or were spent in a camper in the backwoods. Now I have an appreciation for all these things.


Sitting down, I kick my boots comfortably up onto a block of granite and rest back, enjoying a coastal sunrise.


The clouds begin to form streaks above the sun. I head for higher ground to watch their formation. They’ll never leave those exact markings again, guaranteed.




I believe this would count as an upstairs deck. It needs a charcoal grill and lawn chair.


The waters are frigidly cold and I spot a surfer crashing a few waves near Portland Head Light as the afternoon settles in. He sends chills down my spine each time he lands in the water. It’s too cold, for me…


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