Meet the BDN Maine Outdoors writers: Aislinn Sarnacki and John Holyoke

Posted Feb. 22, 2012, at 4:09 p.m.

Aislinn Sarnacki

Professionally, I’m a Bangor Daily News reporter, focusing primarily on the outdoors, arts and literature. My BDN blog, “Act out with Aislinn,” launched November 2011 and includes “One-Minute Hike” outdoor videos as well as articles on outdoor recreation. On my blog, I discuss outdoor destinations, events and gear with readers, who sometimes guide me to my next blog video location.

Personally, I’m a strange blend. I’m a wilderness romper and fashion-forward bookworm. Both animals and art have the ability to hold my attention more than anything else.

My enthusiasm for the outdoors started at a young age, in the woods of my hometown, Winterport, Maine, where I’d collect bugs and chase after wild turkeys. My parents bought me a Old Town Loon kayak for my 16th birthday, but my true passion is hiking, perhaps due to the annual trips my family takes to Baxter State Park.

While working at a Bangor outfitter, I became a gearhead and learned from experienced thruhikers, paddlers, bird watchers and climbers. While studying journalism at the University of Maine, I completed an Honors College thesis on hiking, a yearlong project about Maine trails and how being active in the environment has a positive impact on a person’s health.

You can reach me at asarnacki@bangordailynews.com or by calling 990-8287.

John Holyoke

I grew up tromping around the fields and woods of Maine, and as the Bangor Daily News Outdoors Editor, I’m now getting paid to do the same thing. The difference: Now I have the chance to share stories with thousands of readers who appreciate the state’s traditional outdoor pursuits.

Since becoming the BDN’s outdoor columnist in 2002, I’ve been welcomed into homes and hunting camps, swapped flies (and lies) with fly fishermen on many of the state’s famous rivers, and have spent countless hours driving on remote dirt roads, in search of a new tale to tell, a new adventure to share, a new memory to be savored. I see my job as one that has many moving parts. Sometimes I’m a tour guide. Sometimes I’m a hunter, or an angler, or a hiker or a runner. Sometimes I’m just an average Mainer, spending time outdoors, trying to figure out where all the deer went. Sometimes I’m an antagonist, taking aim at ill-advised fish and game laws, or at those who take our natural resources for granted.

Sometimes I poke a little fun at myself. But mostly, I’m a story-teller. Since 1993, in one form or another, I’ve been sharing those stories with readers of the BDN.

You can reach me at jholyoke@bangordailynews.com or by calling 990-8214.

 

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/02/22/outdoors/outdoors-extra/meet-our-writers-aislinn-and-john/ printed on December 26, 2014