By Andrew Neff on April 16, 2011, at 3:38 p.m.
KENDUSKEAG — He hardly does any paddling races any more, and it’s a good seven-hour drive — one way — just to get here, but the siren call of the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race is still irresistible to Trevor MacLean. The Halifax, Nova Scotia, paddler made it worth his effort …
By Jeff Strout on April 16, 2011, at 2:34 p.m.
This column was first published April 16, 2011 Surprisingly, I’ve been able to lay my hands on everything I’ll need to get on the water this spring. I still have to dig into various nooks, crannies, bins and closets to get camping gear organized, but I plan to get …
By Jeff Strout on April 13, 2011, at 8:35 p.m.
It’s not one place. It’s 16 miles of riverbank and cold water. It has attracted thousands of spectators every spring for 44 years. They turn out to celebrate the end of winter and the “official” start of spring, even though ice cakes often decorate its slippery banks. Kenduskeag Stream, from …
By Jeff Strout on April 08, 2011, at 10:17 p.m.
Warmer weather has inspired me to think about rounding up my paddling gear (well, until it snowed again last week). I started off doing a mental inventory of what I had to do. Continuing that thought process in the hopes of turning it into action, I began making a list …
By Jeff Strout on April 02, 2011, at 1:23 p.m.
It doesn’t look like it yet, but the real spring is right around the corner. If you’re a flat-water kayaker you’ve patiently waited for ice-out and somewhat warmer weather. (We’re not talking here about the die-hards who never put away their long skinny craft this winter. They’ve bundled themselves up …
By Jeff Strout on April 01, 2011, at 2:17 p.m.
This column was first published on April 1, 2011 It doesn’t look like it yet, but the real spring is right around the corner. If you’re a flat-water kayaker you’ve patiently waited for ice-out and somewhat warmer weather. (We’re not talking here about the die-hards who never put away …
By Jeff Strout on Jan. 06, 2011, at 2:46 p.m.
This article was published January 6, 2011 Weight: 1.4 ounces Price: $25 During a stop at Lincoln Canoe & Kayak in Freeport early in December I happened on a small, lightweight mini survival tool that paddlers and hikers will find they must have – the Adventure Medical Kits …
on Oct. 27, 2010, at 2:24 p.m.
MIAMI — The Suwannee River Wilderness Trail might be a bit of a misnomer.
on Oct. 14, 2010, at 12:27 p.m.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Messick Point in Poquoson, Va., is as picturesque as any waterfront post-card can be. Watermen with small boats haul in crates of croaker while seagulls hang around the piers, looking for discards.
By Jeff Strout on Sept. 04, 2010, at 3:34 p.m.
This column was first published September 4, 2010 I received a press release the other day pitching waterproof cases for personal electronics users who work or play near or on the water. I tried to find more information on the Web about the company but a search on the …
The Associated Press on Aug. 04, 2010, at 9:03 p.m.
QUECHEE, Vt. — A backcountry paddler from Vermont who has been making solo kayaking trips for more than 15 years has some girls to thank for rescuing him from a jam. Mike Backman of Quechee was setting up his camp on an island in Lake Umbagog on the Maine-New Hampshire …
on Aug. 04, 2010, at 7:04 p.m.
The popularity of kayaking has led to a wave of accessories for the recreational and avid kayaker. Choosing the right paddle can be as daunting as shopping for a car, but doesn’t have to be.
By Jeff Strout on June 24, 2010, at 1:51 p.m.
For those of us urban paddlers trapped behind a desk in the Bangor metropolis during the day, Pushaw Lake’s Gould Landing offers an easily accessible escape, if even for an hour or so.
By Jeff Strout on June 07, 2008, at 2:57 p.m.
This column was first published June 7, 2008 Whoever it was that asked for the rain, would you please send out a thank-you note and follow it up with a request for some sun on the weekend? I sure hope we’re not getting into the rain-on-the-weekend pattern again — …
By Jeff Strout on May 26, 2008, at 3:19 p.m.
This column was first published May 20, 2006 Despite a wet Friday start to last weekend, we dodged a soggy bullet, didn’t we? Most of the state languished in warm and sunny weather while parts south of the border were snorkeling. For us northerners it was a great weekend to …
By Jeff Strout on May 24, 2008, at 3:22 p.m.
This column was first published May 24, 2008 Sometime it would nice to turn your world upside down – introduce a little variety, some spontaneity, have dessert first, do what you want to do first rather than wait until after work – wouldn’t it? We get tied into life’s …
By Jeff Strout on May 17, 2008, at 3:17 p.m.
This column was first published May 17, 2008 So far this spring has been slow starting as far as my getting time on the water, but even at that I’ve had a half-dozen launchings. And any time on the water is better than none, right? The weather around …
By Jeff Strout on April 26, 2008, at 2:38 p.m.
This column was first published April 26, 2008 It’s official, spring has sprung. I can so declare because I got out on the lake Thursday evening and was serenaded by red-winged black birds, a quartet of Canada geese, a couple of hooded mergansers and dozens of peepers. But the …
By Jeff Strout on April 19, 2008, at 2:36 p.m.
This column was first published April 19, 2008 First off, here’s a big thanks to all of you who turned out for last Saturday’s Paddle Smart Safety Symposium at the Y on Second Street in Bangor. By all measures the evening was the best yet. Comments from some of …
By Jeff Strout on April 05, 2008, at 2:20 p.m.
This column was first published on April 5, 2008 Last call! At least it’ll be the last one from me for this year. I expect I’ll see you next Saturday at the Y on Second Street in Bangor for this year’s edition of Paddle Smart. The doors open at …