Category Archives: History & Culture

Evolving Landscapes and Maine Poetry

I recently read a wonderful poem by Maine poet Tom Sexton at the Maine State Library’s webpage sharing weekly poems by Maine poets. The poet describes the significance of a now abandoned homestead’s granite stoop. This phenomenon of abandoned homesteads, … Continue reading

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Upon Encountering the Moose Carcass

The image to the left shows a moose carcass encountered deep in the woods of #4 Mountain in Frenchtown, Maine. It was found while examining soils and hydrology along a possible trail location associated with the Moosehead Lake Region non-motorized … Continue reading

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Forty to One – the Symbolism of Maple Sugaring

Though it’s been a long winter, the maple sap should be flowing – at least on the days above freezing. Maine Maple Sunday is near (March 23rd), and Maine and its northern forest neighbors are collectively celebrating the culture and … Continue reading

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Civilian Conservation Corps Tradition Still Thriving

A recent opportunity to hear stories from several former Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) members, combined with time on the road returning from work in some truly special places, has led to my reflecting on the outdoor recreation field. I’ve been … Continue reading

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Existential Graffiti

I don’t have a good ghost story anymore. The one “good one” I had recently was cast in doubt — all due to one chilly night in a remote cabin on the Moose River. You’d think spending a fall night … Continue reading

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Fort to Fort Paddle Remarkable Despite Cool Rain

On Saturday, September 29th, I kayaked the 15 mile stretch of the Kennebec River from Winslow to Augusta while accompanying a group of volunteer reenactors guiding a replica Batteau from Fort Halifax State Historic Site to Old Fort Western. The … Continue reading

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