Aislinn Sarnacki

Aislinn Sarnacki

Outdoors Reporter

 
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Fall foliage hikes: colorful trails for cool weather

on Sept. 26, 2016, at 10 a.m.
The blackflies and mosquitoes are gone, along with summer vacationers. The air is crisp and fresh; and leaves are turning magnificent hues of red, orange, gold and yellow. Autumn is the perfect time to hike in Maine. So, wrap yourself in hunter’s orange (just to be safe). Pack some extra …
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Craig Dickstein, a trail maintainer for the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, tears down the old outhouse along the AT at the base of Pleasant Pond Mountain as part of a privy replacement project. The plan to replace all 42 privies that the MATC maintains along the AT in Maine, began in 2013. The old pit-style privies are being replaced with new, more sustainable and environmentally friendly privies.

A privy problem: Maine group races to replace outhouses on Appalachian Trail

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 22, 2016, at 1:53 p.m.
Outhouses on Appalachian Trail are filling up and falling apart.
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1-minute hike: Harriman Point Preserve in Brooklin

on Sept. 20, 2016, at 12:28 p.m.
Difficulty: Easy. The preserve is home to about 1.5 miles of trails that travel through forests and old fields. A little less than a mile of those trails is actually an old woods road, which is smooth and wide. There is no significant change in elevation throughout the preserve. If …

1-minute hike: Harriman Point Preserve in Brooklin

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 20, 2016, at 12:01 p.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki explores the easy walking trails of Harriman Point Preserve in Brooklin, a 138-acre property gifted to the Maine Coast Heritage Trust in 2014. With roughly two miles of shoreline, Harriman Point Preserve features the longest continuous stretch of the coast open to the public on the Blue Hill …
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Where in the woods am I? Harriman Point Preserve

on Sept. 19, 2016, at 10:52 a.m.
And the answer is… the fairly new Harriman Point Preserve in Brooklin! The winner, drawn randomly from all who guessed the location correctly, is Sylvia Kennedy of Pittsfield! Enjoy the $50 L.L.Bean gift card, Sylvia. And thanks to everyone for playing. Come on back next Monday to play again! And if you’re interested in this …
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Meteors fall through the night sky over Cadillac Mountain during the annual Perseid meteor shower, as seen from Schoodic Point in Winter Harbor in the early pre-dawn hours, Aug. 12, 2016.

Saving Maine’s dark skies: Acadia festival to celebrate the stars

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 15, 2016, at 12:57 p.m.
“[We found] one of the darkest locations on the eastern seaboard,” Chad Moore said of Acadia National Park. On a clear night in Acadia, visitors can see the band of the Milky Way with the naked eye, and on occasion they’ll catch a colorful show of the Northern Lights.
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10th Great Maine Outdoor Weekend featuring 130 events, Sept. 16-18

on Sept. 14, 2016, at 11:19 a.m.
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend … the 10th Great Maine Outdoor Weekend will be the biggest yet, with more than 130 events planned from Friday, Sept. 16, through Sunday, Sept. 18, throughout Maine. The event lineup includes a birding event in Winter Harbor, a “treasure hunt” …
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1-minute hike: The new Abol Trail, Katahdin, Baxter State Park

on Sept. 13, 2016, at 1:14 p.m.
Difficulty: Very strenuous. The 3.4-mile trail is steep and extremely rocky. Sections of the trail require hand-over-foot climbing over boulders. The trail leads to the Hunt Trail about 1 mile from Baxter Peak, the summit of Katahdin. Therefore, if hiking to the summit, the hike out-and-back is 8.8 miles. How …

1-minute hike: The new Abol Trail, Katahdin, Baxter State Park

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 13, 2016, at 12:43 p.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and several hiking companions hike the Abol Trail up Katahdin, Maine’s tallest mountain, on Sept. 10, 2016, in Baxter State Park. The Abol Trail was closed to the public in the spring of 2014 because of rock slide activity that made the trail unstable and unsafe for …
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Where in the woods am I? the new Abol Trail on Katahdin

on Sept. 12, 2016, at 11:10 a.m.
And the answer is… the new Abol Trail on Katahdin! The winner, drawn randomly from all who guessed the location correctly, is Ryan Gibbs of Levant! Enjoy the $50 L.L.Bean gift card, Ryan. And thanks to everyone for playing. Come on back next Monday to play again! And if you’re interested in this trail, stay tuned …
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How outdoorsy women throw a bachelorette party in Maine

on Sept. 08, 2016, at 2:14 p.m.
There’s nothing wrong with a traditional bachelorette party, in my opinion. It can be fun to go out on the town, rent a limo, hit the dance clubs, wear matching outfits and play silly games, just for one night. But being in my late 20s, I’m at the age where …
College of the Atlantic board member Winston Holt of Seal Harbor hikes on Beech Cliffs on Sept. 4, 2016, during a 31.5-mile journey across Acadia National Park with COA President Darron Collins.

Trans-Acadia trek: COA president, board member hike 20 peaks in one day

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 08, 2016, at 10:06 a.m.
“It’s an interesting perspective, seeing the island as a complete journey like that,” Winston Holt said.
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1-minute hike: Bluff Head Preserve in Sedgwick

on Sept. 07, 2016, at 12 p.m.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate. The preserve features four short trails that are connected and together create a hike that is just over 1 mile long. The trails are marked with blue blazes and travel over a fairly smooth forest floor. Watch out for a few exposed tree roots and rocks. …

1-minute hike: Bluff Head Preserve in Sedgwick

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 07, 2016, at 11:34 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and her dog Oreo explore the trails of the 58-acre Bluff Head Preserve in Sedgwick, on Sept. 1, 2016, just a few weeks after the trails officially opened to the public for the first time. The trails lead to the top of a bluff, where hikers an …

Where in the woods am I? Win an L.L.Bean gift card

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 05, 2016, at 5:22 p.m.
The prize for this week’s “Where in the Woods” trail ID contest is a $50 gift card to L.L.Bean!
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Where in the woods am I? Bluff Head Preserve

on Sept. 05, 2016, at 2:43 p.m.
And the answer is… Bluff Head Preserve! The winner, drawn randomly from all who guessed the location correctly, is Larry Packwood of Sedgwick! Enjoy the $50 L.L.Bean gift card, Larry. And thanks to everyone for playing. Come on back next Monday to play again! And if you’re interested in these new trails (they just opened this …
Kalmia procumbens is in bloom on June 8, 2014, on Katahdin in Baxter State Park. It is just one of 857 plant species documented in the park and included in the 2016 field guide "The Plants of Baxter State Park," the first comprehensive flora of Baxter State Park.

How a first-of-its-kind plant guide will help conservation efforts in Baxter State Park

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 01, 2016, at 4:33 p.m.
Baxter State Park now has its first-ever comprehensive plant guide.
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Country Keepsakes owner Pamela Patten opened the shop over 30 years ago where she sells lawn decorations and gifts to tourists.

‘Whirligig Lady’ celebrates 30 years in Trenton

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 31, 2016, at 12:52 p.m.
“Everybody wants a bit of the coast to take back with them,” shop owner Pam Patten said. “Plus, it’s cute.”

1-minute hike: Schoodic Bog Preserve in Sullivan

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 30, 2016, at 12:10 p.m.
Most of the hike is on old gravel roads and a gravel multi-use trail, however, there are a few small hills and rocky sections along the way.
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1-minute hike: Schoodic Bog Preserve in Sullivan

on Aug. 30, 2016, at 11:38 a.m.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate. The entire hike, from the parking area to Schoodic Bog and back, is about 3 miles. Most of the hike is on old gravel roads and a gravel multi-use trail, however, there are a few small hills and rocky sections along the way. How to get …