Holy hotness. Summer is here, there’s no doubt about it. I’m not much of a swimmer, but with these high temperatures, all I can think about is taking a nice cool dip. Fortunately, Maine is home to about 6,000 lakes and ponds, and our coastline is about 3,500 miles long. So here at the BDN Outdoors, we’ll be exploring some of that water in the weeks to come, and we’ll offer ideas that will help you do the same.
— Aislinn Sarnacki
Rather than cower indoors during the extreme heat, why not enjoy a swim in a local lake? BDN family reporter Natalie Feulner has dug up some prime swimming spots throughout the state for you to check out.
Every year, hundreds of ambitious hikers complete the Appalachian Trail, which spans from Georgia to Maine, but sometimes a particularly remarkable AT hiker catches our attention. That was the case for Roger Poulin, a man who grew up in Winthrop and completed the AT about a week ago. Poulin may be the first deaf-blind person to complete the trail, and he did it with the aid of a Support Service Provider, who also happens to be deaf.
In May, a male bald eagle was killed when he hit a power line in Bangor. And his mate fell ill after ingesting toxins. At Avian Haven, an animal rehabilitation facility in Freedom, she recovered and was released about a month later. If you’ve been wondering how she’s been, here’s an update.
“Instead of crossing the trail and continuing on his way, he turned to face them, snorted. (I’m not sure that’s what the noise is called but you can imagine the sound.) Twice and stomped his left front foot. We stood still, waiting to see what he’d do …”
Join BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and her hiking buddies Derek and Oreo the dog as they hike the new Becton Trail on Blue Hill Mountain. The Becton Trail opened during the summer of 2013 as an alternative route to the top of the popular mountain in Blue Hill.
On the horizon
Fireworks and barbecues, of course! Enjoy your Fourth of July, and if you’re looking for something outdoorsy to do this weekend, there are plenty of events going on across the state. There are canoe rides in Brooks, a bike ride along the coast, a butterfly walk in Holden, and much more. If you’re feeling antsy, just check out our BDN events calendar.
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