Donnell Pond Surf & Turf

We were luxuriating with one of the most impressive views in the State of Maine. Sitting atop Hancock County’s Schoodic Mountain on a clear, calm morning, Frenchman Bay and the majestic peaks of Mount Desert Island provided an enthralling panorama. First on the mountain, John and I had departed our campsite on Schoodic Beach immediately […]

Mercurial Canada Falls

Contrary to its name, Canada Falls is not located in Canada. However, it’s not far away situated northeast of Jackman in a remote area just a few miles east of the Canadian border. Actually a 3.5 mile section of the South Branch of the Penobscot River, virtually everyone in the paddling community refers to it […]

A Sharking Encounter?

Three of us were sea kayaking along the rugged western shore of Upper Flag Island in Casco Bay. Paddling close to my left, Bud pointed to a large fin moving in the opposite direction about one hundred feet to our west and yelled, “I think that’s a shark!” Play the intimidating Jaws soundtrack, please. My […]

Biking Islesboro on the Ritz

For several years early in my career with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), I covered the islands along the coast of Maine. Thoroughly enjoying my many trips to the beautiful rugged atolls, I particularly appreciated meeting the unique independent inhabitants. The fine people residing on them weren’t always as fond of me and our communications […]

Muscle or Mussel Ridge Islands

The Delorme Maine Atlas calls them the Mussel Ridge Islands. Various other sources including my Maptech Chartbook refer to the archipelago as the Muscle Ridge Islands. I’ve always assumed that some misguided mapmaker from away misspelled the name “mussel” as the islands must be named for the bivalve mollusk endemic to the area. It seems […]

Biking to Granddaughters’ House

I can count on one hand the benefits of growing old. If you’re fortunate, grand children is included. Through no effort of my own, I’m in the privileged category as I have two very bright, beautiful granddaughters. The downside, they live one thousand miles away in Michigan. Modern technology helps us stay connected. Through Face […]

Eastern Egg Rocks

A seemingly nondescript barren atoll located in outer Muscongus Bay, Eastern Egg Rock does not outwardly appear to be an attractive sea kayak destination. Appearances can be deceiving. For a few weeks each year, migratory Atlantic Puffins breed and nest on the island’s gigantic granite boulders. The colorful seabirds haven’t always stopped there. A variety […]

Embracing the Bike Path

Seniors Not Acting Their Age My admittedly defective recollection believes the Androscoggin Bike Path was constructed during the summer of 1997. I’m old with a faulty memory so excuse me if that timeframe is incorrect. What I am sure of is that when it was being built, I repeatedly biked across the bridge from Topsham […]

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, […]