Weaving the Webb

Hidden away in the rural community of Carthage, except for locals Webb River is relatively unknown. Three exceptions are whitewater boaters, avid fishermen and Russ. Each spring, scores of enthusiastic paddlers converge on the Webb as soon as ice is out for some excellent Class II/III whitewater. A free flowing river, it is unique in […]

What’s a Musquacook?

A tributary of the Allagash River, Musquacook Stream is located in a remote area east of the iconic waterway. Flowing northwesterly, it joins the Allagash about midway through the river section of the traditional canoe trip. Musquacook had been on my bucket list ever since two friends paddled it eight years ago. At my age, […]

Slow Walking the Machias River

What’s the best canoe trip in Maine? Most would respond Allagash, St. John, Penobscot or St. Croix. Having paddled them all, I believe the Machias River in far eastern Maine is simply the best. Beginning on 5th Machias Lake in the heart of Washington County, it travels eighty miles to the sea. The wilderness voyage […]

Revisiting Togus Stream

Seniors Not Acting Their Age Sixty years ago, friends and I played along Togus Stream. Beginning at the outlet of Togus Pond, the diminutive creek tumbles downhill through Chelsea and Randolph into the Kennebec River opposite Gardiner. I have many fond memories of our exploits in and around the stream. We sometimes speared suckers when […]

Rite of Spring

Seniors Not Acting Their Age For a small enthusiastic contingent of Mainers, paddling coastal rivers and streams is a clear indication that spring has arrived. Each March, as snow and ice melts and rain showers replace wintry storms they stow away skis and snowshoes and retrieve their paddles from hibernation. Many of us older river […]

Great Gaspe Escapades Continue

Seniors Not Acting Their Age Seven of us awoke to a six inch carpet of fresh powder and snow forecast for two more days. We were staying at a chalet near the Gite du Mont-Albert situated in the heart of the Chic Choc Mountains on Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula. Nothing unusual about snow in the Chic […]

Great Gaspe

Seniors Not Acting Their Age Situated in remote southeastern Quebec, Gaspe Peninsula is perhaps the most unique winter friendly region in eastern North America. Almost surrounded by the outer St. Lawrence River and Gulf of St. Lawrence, it is the recipient of enormous amounts of snow fueled by the nearby waters. The spectacular Chic Choc […]

In Search of Bobcats and Snow

Seniors Not Acting Their Age This has been a difficult winter for cross country skiing in Maine foothills and the coastal plain. A succession of mixed precipitation storms has resulted in minimal snow pack and often icy surfaces. Two of my favorite commercial ski areas, Harris Farm in Dayton and Pineland in Pownal have only […]

Old Man on Old Speck

The parking area was plowed when I arrived at the trailhead for Old Speck Mountain in Grafton Notch State Park. Located in a remote alpine region about a dozen miles north of Newry, the cleared lot was much appreciated as shoveling out car space beside the road is sometimes an unwelcome necessity. Typical of long […]

Ancient Hiker Ponders Old Speck

Climbing mountains in Maine in the winter is significantly different than the rest of the year. Cold weather, deep snow and icy conditions add a multitude of additional risks and demands. Higher more remote mountains increase the potential hazards. Three important factors should be considered: fitness, proper equipment and preparation. Like most of my life […]