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 […]

A Geriatric New Year

More than 30 years ago, my wife Nancy and I began celebrating the New Year sharing outdoor adventures with friends. The first escapade was a backpacking trip to the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Carter Notch Hut deep in the White Mountains. On that occasion we were accompanied by two friends and five live lobsters. Fellow […]

A Mountain or a Molehill

Is it a mountain or a hill? According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there is no official difference between a mountain and a hill. The Camden Hills contain Mount Megunticook and Ragged Mountain. The highest summit in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, Black Eagle Peak, is located in the Black Hills. Timms […]

Cranberry for the Holidays

Temperatures were in the teens when we arrived at a trailhead on icy Currie Road in Stratton. Although several days before the official start of winter, we encountered deep snow and spruce trees decorated with a layer of the frozen precipitation. The forecast was sunny, but we had clouds and snowflakes. The scene left one […]

A Pleasant Traverse

Snow came early to Maine this year leaving a frosty layer of white stuff on most of the nearby prominent peaks. Pleasant Mountain near Denmark was no exception with an accumulation of several inches at higher elevations. The closest substantial mountain to my home in Topsham, Pleasant is a long one hour drive. The two […]