Articles by Jeff Strout
By Jeff Strout on July 22, 2011, at 4:29 p.m.
As much fun as paddling a kayak can be, there are times I have to twist my own arm to go. Last Sunday was one of those days — hot and humid. But I’d already made plans to go, and the redeeming factor was that it would be cooler at …
By Jeff Strout on July 20, 2011, at 5:24 p.m.
It’s hard to get excited about socks, right? Sure, you feign excitement, maybe oooh or ahhh when you open that Christmas present and there’s that three-pack of no-name-brand department store beauties. There’s the obligatory wearing, the inevitable ill fit and eventually the hole in the heel. Well, here’s a pair …
By Jeff Strout on July 15, 2011, at 9:47 p.m.
Paddling a kayak on the ocean is a risky activity. It’s fun, to be sure. But lurking in the shadows — ever present — is the fact, simply said, that you can die doing this activity. If that turns you off or makes you think twice about venturing out on …
By Jeff Strout on July 15, 2011, at 9:40 p.m.
This information is on a brochure put together by the Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors. Use it as a quick reference if you’re thinking of heading out on the ocean to paddle. Paddle Smart from the Start! Wear your life jacket at all times; choose an appropriate …
By Jeff Strout on July 13, 2011, at 10:21 p.m.
Old Town photographer Dave Small has been exploring the neighborhoods near his home by bicycle lately and has seen myriad natural wonders. This week’s photographic offering is a common yellowthroat. For more of Small’s pictures check out the Bangor Daily News Outdoors section on the website at www.bangordailynews.com.
By Jeff Strout on July 13, 2011, at 9:42 p.m.
A short while back I got my hands on the Soto Pocket Torch by Shinfuji Burner Co. Ltd., a marvelous little tool that turns an ordinary disposable butane lighter into a powerful burner capable of a multitude of tasks for the outdoors person. Backpacker Magazine liked this little wonder so …
By Jeff Strout on July 11, 2011, at 4:34 p.m.
Bangor Daily News Amateur Naturalist Dana Wilde passed along some more pictures of wildflowers and weeds that decorate our landscapes during the summer months. Don’t forget to take a few moments to enjoy, and when you get a chance, stop and smell the flowers.
By Jeff Strout on July 06, 2011, at 12:23 p.m.
Photographer Dave Small of Old Town recently went gigging frogs with his camera at a small pond on Gilman Falls Avenue near the airport road. He was rewarded with this image of a bullfrog just getting ready to let out a loud croak.
By Kathy Pollard on July 06, 2011, at 12:15 p.m.
’Tis the birthing season for white-tailed deer. I was reminded of this when driving up the Witter Farm road at the University of Maine the other day. A doe chased her yearling twins across the road, then turned heel and retreated toward a small copse of trees, bleating to her …
By Jeff Strout on June 24, 2011, at 7:03 p.m.
If you’re like most outdoor types, you have one or two of nearly everything — and often three or more. A true gear head can never get along with only one stove, one cook kit, one canoe, one kayak or one tent. No-siree, the more the merrier. He who dies with …
By Jeff Strout on June 17, 2011, at 8:22 p.m.
Through the minor aches and pains and stiffness of growing older the joy of paddling continues to conquer. There’s hardly a day that passes I don’t have at least a passing thought of getting out on the water, although I’ll admit the rain of late has dampened some of my enthusiasm. …
By Jeff Strout on June 15, 2011, at 6:41 p.m.
Photographer Dave Small of Old Town captured this image of a chestnut-sided warbler over Memorial Day weekend. The bird was so intent on singing that Small was able to get within five feet of it.
By Jeff Strout on June 10, 2011, at 6:56 p.m.
As I unloaded my kayak from the roof of the van, pulled safety gear from its bags and life jacket and spray skirt from their hangers, I couldn’t help but think how ritualistic going for a paddle is. Over the years I’ve developed a routine to get ready to go …
By Jeff Strout on June 03, 2011, at 4:49 p.m.
One of the joys of kayaking or canoeing is being able to get on the water just about anywhere — have boat, will travel. For some, therein lies the rub. Getting a kayak on the roof of a vehicle is a downright daunting exercise. Securing it there is almost as bad. …
By Jeff Strout on June 02, 2011, at 10:37 p.m.
Photographer Dave Small’s camera earned its salt lately, from a ruby-throated hummingbird that perched on his garden fence, to short-billed dowitchers, sandpipers and kinglet he snapped while canoeing the Penobscot River in the Old Town area.
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.
By Jeff Strout on May 27, 2011, at 2:48 p.m.
While concertgoers Thursday evening were being entertained by Ray LaMontagne at the Bangor Waterfront Concert Series, a couple of friends and I were serenaded by the lilting yodel of a loon pair just off the beach at Gould Landing at Pushaw Lake. Sorry Ray, but I think we got the …
By Jeff Strout on May 25, 2011, at 1:34 p.m.
If you venture into the wilds much, sooner or later you’ll find yourself in need of fire — to cook, dry out, keep warm or all of the above. And often when the need hits, it will be rainy, foggy, damp and dismal, and your odds of getting that welcome flame …
By Jeff Strout on May 20, 2011, at 3:58 p.m.
Even what seems to be a routine outing often turns out to be out of the ordinary — if you pay attention to your surroundings. Every day there’s something subtly different, something new. I’ve resumed a paddling routine of late, and while I’ve been to the same lake three times …
By Jeff Strout on May 19, 2011, at 12:27 p.m.
ANNAPOLIS, Md.,— With spring’s arrival comes National Safe Boating Week May 21-27, a time for boaters, sailors and anglers time to reflect on and improve their own safety on the water. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety has these five spring boat tips — but they can easily help you stay …