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LIFE AS A WARDEN WIFE

Fresh Bagels from the North Woods

on Jan. 13, 2015, at 4:16 p.m.
When you live 64 miles in on a dirt road, any fast food and takeout possibilities are thrown out the window. One of many hermit problems, or rather one of many hermit advantages. As a full time cook for my three guys in the middle of nowhere, I’ve had to …
GOOD BIRDING
A snowy plover

Even expert birders make mistakes

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Jan. 09, 2015, at 11:58 a.m.
There are only two kinds of birding mistakes: those I’ve made and those I have yet to make. Like all semi-experts, I am proud of my bird identification skills. But all it takes is a vacation to an unfamiliar place to reacquaint myself with humility. A mid-December trip to the …
TREES WITH THE FUR ON

2014 Recap, and a look ahead to 2015

on Jan. 03, 2015, at 3:45 p.m.
2014 was a great year in running and getting grounded. I was fortunate to spend the year more or less fully engaged in my body, feeling alive and well and as uncrazy as possible in this crazy busy world. I’ve already written about many of these experiences, but its kind …
LIFE AS A WARDEN WIFE

The most adorable goodbye to 2014

on Jan. 01, 2015, at 12:15 a.m.
Hello, friends! Hoping that you all had an awesome Christmas and are celebrating a festive New Year’s Eve. We have been soaking up every bit of family time possible here in Machias before we return to the woods. I had to take a minute and share a few images that …
TREES WITH THE FUR ON

10 things I learned in Utah

on Dec. 23, 2014, at 4:25 p.m.
At the beginning of November I traveled to Moab Utah to run a half marathon on trails in the desert. This event was to be the culmination of my running season and was what I had been looking forward to all year. It was a four day jet setting trip …
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Your First Visit to an Indoor Climbing Wall

on Dec. 16, 2014, at 2:39 p.m.
Go vertical this week! Here’s what to expect when you visit a climbing gym. First, no one expects you to be an expert when you walk through the door. However, like going to a fitness center for the time, it can be a little intimidating to walk into a climbing …
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Family Fitness through Indoor Rock Climbing

on Dec. 12, 2014, at 5:17 p.m.
Looking for a different activity for yourself or your family that is not only fun but can improve fitness, challenge minds and teach knew skills? Rock climbing just might be the sport you are looking for. Rock climbing can be practiced either outdoors or in the warmth and comfort of …
GOOD BIRDING
Birds in a feeder

Finding the right seed for avian abundance

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Dec. 12, 2014, at 8:58 a.m.
Today, I pass my troubles on to you. Now that bird-feeding season is going full blast, I am enjoying the avian abundance. But sometimes it can be too much of a good thing. I am referring to an excess of pigeons, house sparrows, starlings and blackbirds. I am seldom plagued …
TREES WITH THE FUR ON

Cadillac. Moonlight. Magic.

on Dec. 08, 2014, at 10:18 p.m.
There’s nothing like kick starting your running habit by jumping off the couch and doing a nearly 10 mile run up and down the highest point on the North Atlantic seaboard. At night. In the winter. The last 6 weeks have been a rest period for me. Rest initiated by …
LIFE AS A WARDEN WIFE

Northwoods version of holiday travel

on Nov. 28, 2014, at 2:11 p.m.
This woods life comes with a bit of a tolerance curve. With each experience comes a little more resilience. A situation that might have seemed absurd in my other life, now is just a part of my every day life. If two years ago, I had had a glimpse of …
TREES WITH THE FUR ON

Thanksgiving

on Nov. 28, 2014, at 7:34 a.m.
This morning I woke up in bed next to my husband, the big dog stretched out on the far side of his body, the little dog curled in the hollow behind my knees, the young cat slotted into the narrow gap between our bodies, and the old cat in her …
LIFE AS A WARDEN WIFE

Fall, you came and left too quickly

on Nov. 22, 2014, at 10:58 p.m.
Friends it’s been too long. I apologize. Somehow it seems life in the woods has been busier than ever. My littlest celebrated his second birthday earlier this month and with a 4 year old and a 2 year old…the house is getting more wild every day. There’s not much for …
TREES WITH THE FUR ON

Running your course

on Oct. 29, 2014, at 8:52 p.m.
Tomorrow will mark a week with this cold. It started last Thursday afternoon as I sat in that conference up at UMaine, got worse on Friday, so much worse that I actually tried the wearing wet socks bed thing Friday night. Saturday I met up with my girlfriends for a …
TREES WITH THE FUR ON

I didn’t knock on the door, but it opened anyway.

on Oct. 21, 2014, at 7:11 p.m.
My grandmother kept an enormous spruce burl in her front yard. It was nearly five feet tall, taller than my childhood self, a section of main trunk over a foot in diameter, the burl bulged out wider than my arms could reach around the base like an old man’s belly. …
LIFE AS A WARDEN WIFE

Queen Anne’s Lace

on Oct. 21, 2014, at 1:27 p.m.
I am in love with the transformation of this flower. Notice of the little things. <3 Fall stills Tall grasses sway as they whisper about flowers that will fade and fall away Flashes of amber light up the field, the trees, the sky One flower stays Once light, white, delicate Now, …
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White-tailed deer and fawns.

Doe and fawn highlight photo excursion

By Dave Small on Oct. 14, 2014, at 11:24 a.m.
LIFE AS A WARDEN WIFE

Ruffed grouse entertainment

on Oct. 10, 2014, at 10:58 a.m.
It’s been a wet couple of days on the Reality Road. The other night we waited until the rain had stopped until we set out to go shoot some birds for dinner. We didn’t get far after we turned out of the driveway when we were able to catch quite …
LIFE AS A WARDEN WIFE

Wide open spaces

on Oct. 07, 2014, at 9:57 p.m.
Do the laundry. Make breakfast. Make lunch. Make dinner. Clean the bathroom. Clean the stove. Start the bread. Sweep. Vacuum….and a hundred other things.         Life as a stay at home mom can be a little monotonous at times and it’s easy to lose a little of …
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Building a Backcountry First Aid Kit

on Oct. 02, 2014, at 8:30 a.m.
Here are a few tips for building a first aid kit for your next trip away from immediate help. First off, what’s in your kit is far less important than what is between your ears. A little knowledge mixed with some creativity can be an invaluable asset in a backcountry …
TREES WITH THE FUR ON

Maine Huts and Trails #mainedreamy

on Sept. 23, 2014, at 11:34 p.m.
When you are married to a professional mountain climbing guide, sometimes you have to face difficult facts, like when it’s the end of March in Maine, and your colleagues at work ask you if your husband is home, knowing he travels frequently. And you have to respond that no, Dick …
 
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