All posts by Ron Chase

Ron Chase

About Ron Chase

At age 70, Ron Chase is old. But, he’s not under the grass…yet. Retired from a career with the Internal Revenue Service, he has embarked on a new life as a freelance writer and tax consultant. Don’t be misled; in reality, he works a little and plays a lot. When not busy kayaking, canoeing, biking, mountain climbing and skiing, he sometimes finds time to write and assist his tax clients. A lifelong Mainer now living in Topsham, he is the recent author of The Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery, a biography of Vietnam War hero and bank robber Bernard Patterson.

Moosehead Lake Surf & Turf

Call me quixotic but I like surf and turf outdoor adventures. What’s a surf and turf? My definition is a sea kayak or canoe trip blended in with a mountain hike. While this may seem bizarre to the uninitiated, it’s an excellent way to combine three popular outdoor activities, paddling, hiking and camping. Fortuitously, Maine […]

Whitewater Adventures on the Wild, Wild West

For two days each September, the Army Corps of Engineers releases water from Ball Mountain Dam on the West River in Jamaica, Vermont. An event that attracts many Mainers, the scheduled releases provide an excellent opportunity for paddlers to experience some outstanding late season whitewater boating. The releases have evolved into a veritable whitewater festival […]

Monadnock – The World’s Most Popular Mountain Hike?

For many years, the West River Whitewater Festival in Jamaica, Vermont has been a destination of choice for Maine paddlers in late September. Each fall, the Army Corps of Engineers releases water from the Ball Mountain Dam for recreational paddling on the West River in southeastern Vermont. My addiction began in 1989. About a five […]

Fractured Memories on the Kennebec River Rail Trail

The Kennebec River Rail-Trail is in my opinion the best bike trail in Central Maine. Paralleling the long inactive Maine Central Railroad tracks, it’s a most excellent paved trail that connects Gardiner to Augusta. Having grown up in Gardiner and the little town across the river, Randolph, it’s a place with many special memories. My […]

THE HOLE IN THE WALL GANG ON GRAND MANAN

The magnificent cliffs of Grand Manan Island are its most remarkable geographic feature. They encompass about sixty percent of the rugged coastline including almost the entire south, west and north shore. A large contingent of Chowderheads from the Penobscot Paddle and Chowder Society recently shared a week of outdoor adventures on Grand Manan. We cycled […]

MURKY ADVENTURES ON GRAND MANAN

Three words describe Grand Manan Island; foggy, foggier and foggiest. Although an exaggeration, that’s been my experience during both of my trips to that spectacular New Brunswick island in the Bay of Fundy. Despite often murky weather, Grand Manan is a wonderful place for outdoor enthusiasts. Offering exceptional opportunities for sea kayaking and great hiking […]

Geriatric Hiking on the Bold Coast

About forty-five minutes northeast of Machias in the Town of Cutler is the unique Cutler Coast Trail system. Part of the Cutler Coast Public Lands, the trails connect Route 191 with the rugged, spectacular Bold Coast. Linking the coastal towns of Lubec and Cutler, the Bold Coast is an almost continuous 19 mile stretch of […]

ALONE ON A FOGGY MOUNTAIN WITH WINE ON MY MIND

Wine leads to some of the best things in life. That’s how I found Schoodic Mountain near Donnell Pond in Hancock County. I’ve been hiking the peaks of Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island (MDI) since the 1970s when my sons were little boys. Since MDI was the destination, for many years I was […]

Biking the Eastern Trail in Scarborough

Cycling is one of my favorite activities and my primary source of aerobic exercise.   The older I get the more I enjoy it.  A runner for almost forty years, I was compelled to quit after a knee replacement.  The knee guy said that if I kept running, I’d soon be back for another one.  A […]