Articles by Jeff Strout


Wildernet allows you to search for recreation information by activity type

on May 18, 2011, at 11:09 a.m.
Wildernet started in 1995 as a project within the web site and initially covered the White River National Forest. It has since grown to be the largest database of outdoor recreation information in the world with over 40,000 area and activity descriptions throughout the United States

Gear Box: Natrapel easy on the nose, skin

By Jeff Strout on May 18, 2011, at 10:43 a.m.
For as long as people have ventured outside in warmer weather, they’ve been a free meal to flying biters and stingers. Mosquitoes, black flies, no-see-ums, chiggers, ticks —- the list is seemingly endless. For nearly as long as folks have been bothered by these tiny buggers, they’ve tried a never-ending …

American Hiking Society

on May 17, 2011, at 11:16 a.m.
American Hiking Society works with Congress and federal agencies to shape public policy and legislation affecting the hiking experience. Our efforts ensure funding for hiking trails, the preservation of natural areas and the protection of the hiking experience. American Hiking’s Hike the Hill: Trails Advocacy Week brings trail leaders to Washington, D.C. each year to advocate for trail funding.

Here’s another moderate paddle at Pushaw Lake originating at Gould Landing

By Jeff Strout on May 16, 2011, at 4:52 p.m.
This one takes you out past Hemlock Point, where you can assess the water conditions in the more open part of the lake, to Moose Island. If conditions are favorable to your paddling skills, point your bow eastward after clearing the point. There are there sets of buoys about a half-mile …

Log Your Run

on May 16, 2011, at 2:12 p.m.
At LogYourRun you can keep track of your running and other exercise progress and sign up for one of our free training programs to help you improve your performance or train for your upcoming marathon.

Paddles in Maine: Branch Lake — 7 miles

By Jeff Strout on May 16, 2011, at 1:44 p.m.
Here’s a roughly 7-mile paddle at Branch Lake’s southern end, that is an out and back beginning at the narrows where the state-owned beach is located. There are two pit toilets at beach site, so you may want to take advantage of them before setting out. Be aware that there …
Getting back on the water triggers fond memories of paddles past. In this case, a beautiful ending to a calm day at Pushaw Lake during the summer of 2010.

Reacquainting with the water

By Jeff Strout on May 13, 2011, at 4:13 p.m.
Last Sunday was the day I was going to get in and on the water. I’d put off getting in my seasonal inaugural paddle long enough. It was time — barring outrageous weather, of course. The delay in getting in actually was pinned to the fact that my drysuit was …

The Equine Factor

on May 12, 2011, at 2:04 p.m.
Share Cassie’s love of horses through her postings.

Explore Maine by bicycle

on May 12, 2011, at 1:52 p.m.
Look here for a comprehensive guide to 33 loop bicycle tours in Maine by region. Get turn-by-turn route descriptions and comprehensive maps compiled by the Maine Department of Transportation.
ThermaCELL outdor lantern

ThermaCELL lantern

By Jeff Strout on May 11, 2011, at 10:26 p.m.
For ThermaCell believers here’s another in the line of personal protection from pesky mosquitoes, blackflies and no-see-ums — the lantern. For those who have not tried ThermaCELL products, this may be your way to do so. It’s not like an earlier model that had a glass globe and burned with …

Northern Forest Canoe Trail — Maine Highlands

on May 11, 2011, at 10:09 a.m.
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) connects northern New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire, and Maine, following age-old Native American travel routes across the Northern Forest Region. Maine’s 347 miles of the NFCT route traverses some of the most scenic, remote, and rugged landscapes the state has to offer. Multiple beautiful and unique kayak and canoe destinations offer paddling experiences for enthusiasts at all levels of experience and with a variety of interests. This article on breaks the trail in Maine into four parts.

The world under your feet

on May 11, 2011, at 9:59 a.m.
The Underground Forest by Joe Rankin, published in April’s Forests for Maine’s Future newsletter in the Fresh from the Woods section tunes you into the world under your feet. “Walking in the forest you are bathed in sounds, sights, smells — chirping of birds, sighing of the wind in the branches, flashes of light off the leaves, warmth of sun on your skin, the skittering of tiny creatures in the underbrush. There’s peace there, and beauty. But there’s more to the forest than the trees.

Maine Trail Finder

on May 10, 2011, at 10:17 a.m.
Looking for a trail in Maine, try this.

A sample paddle on Pushaw Lake

By Jeff Strout on May 06, 2011, at 11:07 p.m.
One way to get on the water and sharpen your paddling skills is to get familiar with a nearby lake or pond that you may access quickly from home and plan on weekly visits (perhaps more frequently if you have the time). Every outing cannot be the great adventure or …

Things to Do Outdoors May 7-8, 2011

By Jeff Strout on May 06, 2011, at 3:25 p.m.
CALAIS — Anyone interested in kayaking is invited to enjoy the magic of historic St. Croix Island on a 3-hour sea kayak trip Sunday, May 8, led by Washington County Community College Adventure Recreation and Tourism student Aaron Moody. This trip includes all equipment, an introductory paddling lesson and an …

Maine Island Trail Association follows trash trail

on May 05, 2011, at 4:08 p.m.
Maine Island Trail Association staff took a trip to Portland’s trash recycling and energy producing facility. See what they learned.

101 Things to do in Maine

on May 05, 2011, at 11:50 a.m.
From scenic drives on highways and byways to places that make Maine a special place to live and visit. Here’s a variety of scenic drives to get you acquainted with the Pine Tree State.
Photographer Dave Small of Old Town has been out and about lately duly noting the arrival of spring and some of its critters. This American robin stood still long enough to have its picture taken.

Spring has sprung

By Jeff Strout on May 04, 2011, at 12:30 p.m.
Photographer Dave Small of Old Town has been out and about lately duly noting the arrival of spring and some of its critters. The great egret, a large, stately white heron with a yellow bill, stopped by a small pond off Gilman Falls Avenue for a visit. The snapping turtle …

Maine Environmental News

on May 03, 2011, at 5:34 p.m.
Maine Environmental News was created in 2000 as a project of the non-profit Maine Environmental Policy Institute. It is hosted by Planet Maine Web Hosting and Design. It is edited by Jym St. Pierre and other volunteer editors and contributors. will help you locate a triathlon

on May 03, 2011, at 3:45 p.m.
2011 Triathlons in Maine are listed here.