Articles by Jeff Strout


Pick a spot, take a paddle, enjoy

By Jeff Strout on July 22, 2011, at 4:29 p.m.
FITS Sock Co., knitted in Niota, Tenn., by the Crescent Sock Co. Light gray, $17.99

FITS Performance Trail sock

By Jeff Strout on July 20, 2011, at 5:24 p.m.
When heading out for a paddle on the ocean in a kayak there are some basic safety items you should have on you or within easy reach. Starting toward the bow (bottom of photo) and working back: a compass, bilge pump, rescue stirrup (coiled and clipped to deck bungee), a water bottle, paddle float, cell phone (in waterproof case tethered to deck bungees) spray skirt, waterproof VHF radio (sitting on spray skirt, but carried in lifejacket), lifejacket (Personal Flotation Device) and a spray jacket. The kayak should have bulkheads between the cockpit and fore and aft compartments (accessible via waterproof hatches). A sponge (clipped to aft deck bungees) comes in handy to mop up residual water in the cockpit.

Before you launch that kayak

By Jeff Strout on July 15, 2011, at 9:47 p.m.

Sea kayaker’s checklist

By Jeff Strout on July 15, 2011, at 9:40 p.m.

Common yellowthroat

By Jeff Strout on July 13, 2011, at 10:21 p.m.

Soto Pocket Torch XT

By Jeff Strout on July 13, 2011, at 9:42 p.m.
Rabbit foot clove

More July flowers

By Jeff Strout on July 11, 2011, at 4:34 p.m.

Wait For It …

By Jeff Strout on July 06, 2011, at 12:23 p.m.
Ann Pollard, then 9, holds up the next to last set of antlers from His Majesty in the spring of 2003.

Big buck known as The Marsh Island Monarch

By Kathy Pollard on July 06, 2011, at 12:15 p.m.

Consignment corner at Epic Sports a bargain hunter’s heaven

By Jeff Strout on June 24, 2011, at 7:03 p.m.
The western side of Harwood Island at Pushaw Lake was a picture of tranquility Wednesday evening while on the northern and eastern sides of the island the 10-knot breezes pushed up a little chop.

Deciding whether to paddle? What’s the weather?

By Jeff Strout on June 17, 2011, at 8:22 p.m.
Chestnut-sided Warbler

Singing like crazy

By Jeff Strout on June 15, 2011, at 6:41 p.m.
An impromptu shore lunch while kayaking.

Kayaking rituals and experiments

By Jeff Strout on June 10, 2011, at 6:56 p.m.
After placing blanket over rear edge of vehicle, lift bow onto back of vehicle behind roof racks.

Loading a kayak onto your vehicle

By Jeff Strout on June 03, 2011, at 4:49 p.m.
Sandpipers seen while canoeing the Penobscot River in the Old Town area.

Feathered visitors

By Jeff Strout on June 02, 2011, at 10:37 p.m.

Looking for a trail in Maine?

on May 31, 2011, at 11:22 a.m.
Maine Trail Finder is a free online resource for people-powered trails in the state. Search a growing database of four-season trails to find the right trail for your next adventure. Browse interactive trail maps, trail descriptions, pictures, and trip reports.
A storm front moves in over Pushaw Lake Thursday evening as Karen Francoeur of Orono approaches the beach on Moose Island.

Escaping a hectic home life to an evening concert on the lake

By Jeff Strout on May 27, 2011, at 2:48 p.m.
UCO's Stormproof matches

Gear Box: Stormproof Matches

By Jeff Strout on May 25, 2011, at 1:34 p.m.
As May begins to warm, buds begin popping and new green graces lake shore trees.

It’s only routine if you let it be

By Jeff Strout on May 20, 2011, at 3:58 p.m.
About one in four boats fail a vessel safety check. The good news is a check is not punitive, and it gives boat owners the opportunity to fix any safety deficiencies.

Five spring boating safety tips that work all year long

By Jeff Strout on May 19, 2011, at 12:27 p.m.