Aislinn Sarnacki

Aislinn Sarnacki

Outdoors Reporter

 
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1-minute hike: Bigelow Mountain near Stratton

on July 29, 2014, at 10:37 a.m.
Difficulty: Very strenuous. The summit of Bigelow Mountain is just over 4,000 feet in elevation, making it one of the tallest peaks in Maine. Hiking to the summit is about 4.5 miles, one way, but hikers often travel along the ridge to lesser peaks, making for a loop hike of …

1-minute hike: Bigelow Mountain near Stratton

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 29, 2014, at 10:16 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki hikes Bigelow Mountain near Stratton and tents out at Avery Memorial Campsite near the mountain’s Avery Peak on July 22-23, 2014. She also visits the mountain’s West Peak, South Horn, North Horn and Horns Pond.
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‘A bug’s life’ in Maine – photo gallery

on July 28, 2014, at 10:32 a.m.
I go through phases with photography, and the recent story I wrote about Maine spiders directed my focus to the smaller things in nature. You know, bugs and stuff. Recently I photographed a few insects while walking my dog and visiting family, and I was pleasantly surprised by the results. …
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Where in the woods am I?

on July 28, 2014, at 9:29 a.m.
My most recent hiking adventure was actually a two-day trip that included camping at a designated tent site a few thousand feet above sea level. See if you recognized where I hiked (as well as watched the sunset, slept and hiked again) by viewing this rather large photo galley from my trip. …
Kristen Hart, 21, of Newburgh, paints the "M" in "Greetings from Bangor, Maine" on a mural designed by Annette Dodd, co-owner of the Rock and Art Shop in Bangor, on July 25, 2014, on the wall of the brick building at 152 Main Street in downtown Bangor, which houses the Main Tavern.

Bangor artists begin work on new downtown mural

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 25, 2014, at 3:59 p.m.
A mural in downtown Bangor will soon add a splash of color to the old brick building at the corner of Main and Union streets. Designed by Annette Dodd, co-owner of the Bangor’s Rock and Art Shop, the mural will resemble a vintage postcard. The painting stage of the project …
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Holy duck parade! 25 mergansers team up on Flagstaff Lake

on July 25, 2014, at 10:06 a.m.
At first, I thought they were loons, with their large heads and long bills. They were swimming along in a group of 25, bobbing on the choppy water of Flagstaff Lake. But loons don’t travel in packs that large, do they? I thought not. Upon closer inspection, through the zoom on …
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Bear referendum supporters to gather in Portland this weekend, the start of baiting season

on July 24, 2014, at 4:22 p.m.
This weekend marks the start of bear baiting season in Maine, when hunters and guides enter the woods to fill bait sites with food meant to attract bears for the fall hunt, which begins next month. In response, Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, the group leading a campaign to ban bear baiting, hounding and …
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Cats hijack ‘dog blog’ to discuss merits of cat grass

on July 24, 2014, at 10:48 a.m.
Dear future admirers, It has come to our attention that far too much is written about Oreo, the rowdy and frankly obnoxious dog. So we’ve hijacked this blog. Who are we, you ask? My name is The Green Arrow, and snacking on cat grass beside me is my best friend, Bobo Jinx. …
Luke Houssel examines a spider during a family-friendly workshop on Spiders hosted by the Bangor Land Trust at West Penjajawoc Grasslands recently in Bangor.

Is your Spidey-Sense tingling? Families learn about eight-legged neighbors during Bangor nature program

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 23, 2014, at 2:28 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — “Lets keep looking for spiders,” said 3-year-old Remy Houssel as he hurried past his mother. Clutching a plastic container, Remy was one of 16 people searching for creepy crawlies in Bangor’s West Penjajawoc Grasslands on Thursday for a nature program hosted by the Bangor Land Trust. “Spiders …
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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 …
 
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