Scarborough Marsh Surf & Turf

My favorite part of the Eastern Bike Trail has always been the sector that traverses Scarborough Marsh. The Sokokis Indians of the Abenaki nation who hunted and fished the wetland called it Owascoag, meaning “a place of much grass.” For years, I’ve ridden the trail enjoying the beauty and serenity of the marsh often observing […]

Kayaking to Historic Damariscove Island

More than four centuries ago, Damariscove Island was a busy place. Before Jamestown and Plymouth Colonies were founded, the island was settled in 1604 as a commercial fishing enterprise. Abenaki Indians were even earlier intermittent residents, sporadically visiting what they called Aquahega in primitive canoes during the summer months. Located off the coast of Boothbay, […]

Cycling Picturesque North Haven

My introduction to Maine coastal islands came when I was a young Revenue Officer with the Internal Revenue Service in 1973. Revenue Officer responsibilities did not make me particularly popular with independent island fishermen. The mission was to collect seriously delinquent taxes, often using harsh enforcement measures, and conducting preliminary investigations on those perceived to […]

Dead Weekend

A character in Kenneth Roberts’ historical novel Arundel remarked of the Dead River, “(It’s) no more dead than a bobcat after a rabbit.” Joining the Kennebec River in West Forks after sixteen miles of almost continuous Class I through IV whitewater, the Dead is in actuality the west branch of the Kennebec and one of […]

Leaping Ganoids on the Kennebec

Having grown up along the Kennebec River in Randolph and Gardiner, I have many special memories of that significant waterway and its history. Two youthful misadventures remain distinct. About sixty years ago three friends and I “borrowed” a rowboat and paddled upriver from the mouth of Togus Stream to Brown’s Island in Farmingdale on a […]

Elderly Adventures in Grand Lake Stream

In addition to an ever growing assortment of aches and pains, aging comes with at least a few benefits. For me, one has been the time to experiment with writing professionally. After retiring from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), I began exploring writing opportunities in earnest. To a large degree, it’s been a positive endeavor. […]

Sebago to the Sea

At age 70, I’ve reluctantly come to the realization that I’m not going to be able continue my prior level of athletic involvement indefinitely. I can envision a time when my outdoor activities will be limited to cross country skiing in the winter and biking during the remaining three seasons. They’re the only two sports […]

Navigating the Shrinking St. Francis River

Fellow retiree Brent Elwell and I met at Pelletier’s Campground in St. Francis on a warm spring evening. The rural northern Maine village is located at the confluence of the St. Francis and St. John Rivers about fifteen miles north of Fort Kent. The goal was to canoe the St. Francis and our journey would […]

Canoe Tripping Maine Rivers

Maine has many of the best canoe tripping rivers in the northeastern United States. The Allagash, St. John, Moose, St. Croix and East and West Branches of the Penobscot are probably the most famous. However, there are others worth considering. Canoe tripping was my introduction to paddle sports. I began with large northern Maine lakes […]

Growing Old in Whitewater

Many of the whitewater boaters that I paddle with began the sport thirty or forty years ago. Now, we’re in our sixties, seventies and a handful in their eighties. We’ve witnessed much of the evolution of the sport which first became popular nationally in the seventies. Many people including myself credit the whitewater adventures depicted […]