Aislinn Sarnacki

Aislinn Sarnacki

Outdoors Reporter

 
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1-minute hike: Shore Trail near Flagstaff Lake

on July 22, 2014, at 5:22 a.m.
Difficulty: Easy-moderate. The 1.8-mile Shore Trail is fairly narrow with no big changes in elevation. Watch out for exposed roots and rocks. How to get there: The trail is accessible by the Long Falls Dam Road Trailhead on Long Falls Dam Road in Carrying Place Town Township. To get there …
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Statewide events to celebrate 150th anniversary of Thoreau’s ‘The Maine Woods’

on July 21, 2014, at 11:40 a.m.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s famous book “The Maine Woods,” and in celebration of this milestone, events and programs will be held throughout the state in the weeks to come. The 8th Annual Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival will run July 24-27, in Greenville, and will include a guided hike …
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Where in the woods am I?

on July 21, 2014, at 9:32 a.m.
A little over a week ago, I had a grand adventure in western Maine. While my main mode of transportation was mountain bike, no outdoor excursion would be quite complete for me without at least a short hike. And of course, I made sure to take plenty of photos and …
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Orono black bear follows mountain biker, scares him off trail

on July 17, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
When my boyfriend Derek returned early from mountain biking in Orono last week, I figured he had popped a tire or something. I never would have guessed what had actually happened. “I ran into a black bear,” he said, slumping down in the lawn chair beside me. He looked a …
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Maine registered guide Lani Cochrane (left), recreational programs manager for Maine Huts & Trails, teaches Derek Runnells of Brewer how to stand-up paddle board on Flagstaff Lake on July 12, 2014. Stand up paddle boarding is just one of the many outdoor activities available to guests at the Maine Huts & Trails huts.

Maine Huts & Trails amps up summer fun with new outdoor programs and trails

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 16, 2014, at 1:15 p.m.
Dipping her paddle into the crystal-clear water of Flagstaff Lake, Lani Cochrane pushed away from the dock and drifted out of “the danger zone.” “Most accidents happen right by the dock,” she said, gracefully standing up on the board from a kneeling position. Stand-up paddle boarding is one of the …

Maine Huts & Trails amps up summer fun with new outdoor programs

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 16, 2014, at 1:15 p.m.
Maine Huts & Trails, a nonprofit organization that has been building an extensive hut-to-hut trail system in western Maine since 2008, is aiming to attract more summer visitors in 2014 by offering a new lineup of guided recreational programs and miles of new mountain biking trails.
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Orono Bog Boardwalk to reopen July 24

on July 15, 2014, at 1:59 p.m.
The Orono Bog Boardwalk will open for its twelfth season at 7 a.m. Thursday, July 24, according to a press release sent out today by Orono Bog Boardwalk Director Jim Bird. A special ceremony celebrating the completion of the first phase of the boardwalk’s reconstruction and the official reopening will …
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1-minute bike: Sugarloaf Outdoor Center in Carrabassett Valley

on July 15, 2014, at 11:43 a.m.
Difficulty: Easy to challenging, depending on the trails you choose. Sugarloaf Outdoor Center is home to a variety of double-track and single-track mountain bike trails that vary in difficulty. On the center’s trail map, each trail is a certain color that is based on its difficulty. The “easiest” trails are …

1-minute bike: Sugarloaf Outdoor Center

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 15, 2014, at 11:35 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki explores several mountain biking trails at Sugarloaf Outdoor Center in Carrabassett Valley on July 11, 2014, guided by Sarah Pine, hut operations manager for Maine Huts & Trails.
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Where in the woods am I?

on July 14, 2014, at 10:20 a.m.
Instead of hiking, my main activity for the weekend was mountain biking. So for a change of pace, I’ve decided to feature some of the biking trails I explored while on a grand outdoor adventure in western Maine in my column this week. See if you recognize where we were biking …
A mother bear and her three yearling cubs try to get to a suet feeder at an Orono home this spring. The bears have Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife ear tags and are thought to be the same bears that have been knocking over trash cans in Orono.

Maine bear management program releases data, says baiting, trapping and hounding necessary to control bear population

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 10, 2014, at 7:12 a.m.
With the referendum to ban bear baiting, trapping and hounding planned for the Nov. 4 ballot, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is trying to educate the public about the state’s current bear management program and bear hunting practices. In a news release Wednesday, the department said that …
Rose Ross, 17, of Holden, and Justin Landry, 17, of Brewer, stand at the summit of Katahdin on June 27, 2014.

Brewer teen rescues grandfather in Baxter State Park, upset with park policy

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 09, 2014, at 1:39 p.m.
Night had descended on Baxter State Park when Justin Landry, 17, of Brewer, entered the pitch-dark forest and began hiking up Mount Katahdin, lighting the rocks and roots on the trail with a flashlight. He was scared — not of hiking alone in the dark, but of what he might …
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Merlin, baby squirrels and eagles, highlights of recent wildlife watch

on July 09, 2014, at 1:35 p.m.
A week ago, if someone were to ask me, “What’s a merlin?” I’d probably reply, “A famous wizard.” But they’d probably be referring to the bird — a small falcon that is fairly common to the state of Maine, and which spied for the first time the other day. It was …
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Gulf of Maine Council launches 25th anniversary geocache tour

on July 09, 2014, at 11:36 a.m.
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment has developed a geocache tour of the Gulf of Maine watershed, according to a recent press release. The GeoTour — a collection of interesting locations that can be found using a smartphone or GPS device – encourages …
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1-minute hike: The Bubbles in Acadia National Park

on July 08, 2014, at 10:06 a.m.
Difficulty: Moderate. The trails leading to the tops of North Bubble and South Bubble are relatively short (less than a mile each), but include some steep, rocky sections. A few areas require the use of hands to scramble over boulders. Dogs and children may have trouble hiking in these areas …

1-minute hike: The Bubbles in Acadia National Park

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 08, 2014, at 9:58 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and hiking buddies Derek and Oreo the dog hike North Bubble and South Bubble in Acadia National Park on July 6, 2014, on Mount Desert Island. South Bubble, home to the famous glacial erratic Bubble Rock, is one of the most popular places to hike in …
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Where in the woods am I?

on July 07, 2014, at 10:03 a.m.
I originally planned to hike on the 4th of July, but the relentless rain canceled those plans, as well as many firework displays throughout Maine. Fortunately, it was sun and blue skies on Sunday, so I gave it another try and headed to the coast with my usual hiking buddies …
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Construction begins on new hiking trail network in Moosehead

on July 03, 2014, at 10:49 a.m.
Construction work has begun on two hiking trails that will eventually be part of an expanded network of non-motorized trails in the Moosehead Lake Region, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands announced in a recent press release. One trail leads to the top of Number Four Mountain; and the …
Tim Bruce (foreground), 14, and his mother, Alice Bruce of Orono, kayak on Hermon Pond.

Tips for a successful kayaking adventure

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 02, 2014, at 1:08 p.m.
All it takes is a kayak and a paddle, and you’re off on an adventure — propelling yourself across a lake, navigating river rapids or slicing through ocean waves. In the realm of outdoor recreation, kayaking has gained popularity over the years, and it’s easy to guess why. The low-impact …
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Maine Island Trail Association releases new mobile app for boaters

on July 02, 2014, at 11:56 a.m.
The Maine Island Trail, a recreational water trail that connects more than 200 islands and mainland sites along the coast of Maine, can now be explored virtually with a mobile app, released July 1. The free app, developed by the Maine-based software company Chimani, in partnership with the Maine Island …
 
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