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, […]

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 […]