Category Archives: Downeast Maine

Best of Summer 2013 — Our Annual Slideshow

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A Walk on Petit Manan Point

If you drive 26 miles east from Ellsworth to Steuben, and then 6 miles south from Route 1 on the Pigeon Hill Road, you reach near the end of a peninsula that protrudes as far south as the town of … Continue reading

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Litte Birds, Big Ocean: Paddling with the Puffins of Petit Manan

We rose at dawn and drove to a rocky beach south of Steuben, Maine. After carefully packing our kayaks with safety gear, food, water, and extra clothing, we donned the thick black wetsuits needed to paddle safely in 50 degree … Continue reading

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Meandering Machias Bay (video)

What began as a on-water search for the petroglyph sites of Machias Bay morphed into as meandering tour of discovery of the magnificent rock formations of that bay. After driving south from Machias past the Bucks Harbor Shopping Mall, we … Continue reading

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On the Water in Maine — The Best of Summer 2010

It’s not just our imaginations telling us it has been a great summer. According to the Boston Herald, Portland Maine has had 9 straight months of above average temperatures. The National Weather Service in Gray reports 10 fewer days of … Continue reading

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Double-Take on Second Lake: A Kayak Trip from Rocky Lake to Second Lake via the East Machias

There we were, on a wild lake shore, 8 water miles from the put in and roughly 3 miles (as the crow flies) from our vehicle. We stood on a sawdust beach on the southern end of Second Lake in … Continue reading

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Communion on the Union: Kayaking the Union River, West Branch

Something happens when you get out on a river,  after you are several miles downstream from the put- in, and while you are drifting down through a dense corridor of trees that screens out the surrounding world, especially if the … Continue reading

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Not a Drop to Drink

Made the trip up to Addison last weekend to close up camp. Boarded up a few windows, secured the tarp that serves as a shed door, unplugged the well pump, drained the pipes and water heater, put antifreeze down the … Continue reading

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Sleeping on a Tide Table: A Kayak Trip to The Sands, off Jonesport, Maine

” . . A smidgen of ledge and sand that lies between Inner and Outer Sands Islands. But it’s a beautiful smidgen,with Petit Manan Point in the distance to the west and Great Wass Island a looming presence to the … Continue reading

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Wonders of the World: Storm Waves at Acadia and McClellan Park

The power and beauty of storm waves pounding the cliffs at McClellan Park in Milbridge on Sunday afternoon was an incredible sight. One of the wonders of the world, to be sure. It occurred to me — as I stood … Continue reading

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