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City life fits like a glove for some but not for me!

on June 25, 2014, at 2:27 p.m.
Hello, friends!! It’s been a while, but we are alive and well in the woods. The boys and I have been spending as much time as possible outside and I haven’t had much desire to get on the computer to write. We came back to Clayton Lake yesterday after a busy …
TREES WITH THE FUR ON (blog)

Running the Bold Coast, It’s Worth the Trip

on June 21, 2014, at 7:50 p.m.
A few weeks ago, my sister ran a local road half marathon. The weather was perfect, the route spectacular; we overheard people on the course saying things like “Its so beautiful! I’m so glad I’m alive! I’m so happy to be doing this!”—not your typical long distance race comments. I …
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Bradbury Mountain State Park, where have you been all my life?

on June 09, 2014, at 8:08 a.m.
Last week I had the pleasure of my first visit to Bradbury Mountain State Park, in Pownal, right out side of Freeport. I’d driven by it two weeks before, on my way to the Pineland Trail Festival held right down the road, and because I found myself back in the …
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Thanks to the Ovenbird, Notes on the Pineland Farms Trail Festival and what’s really inspirational

on May 30, 2014, at 7:14 a.m.
As I suspected, I haven’t gotten a huge response to the formation of the “Trail running and Auditory Birding on the Go Society”. Perhaps the name is just too off putting. Should we try “The Ancient Order of Trail Running Bird Hearers”? Or perhaps “The Birding By Ear Trail Running …
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The Trail Running and Auditory Birding on the Go Society: You’re Invited

on May 24, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.
Spring is Maine’s most difficult season, it holds such promise, yet regularly and indiscriminately withholds that promise and we left to endure yet another cool, gray, damp week as our vitamin D stores grow weaker and weaker. With winter we know what to expect and the messages aren’t mixed; the …
LIFE AS A WARDEN WIFE (blog)

The littlest fisherman in the North Woods

on May 24, 2014, at 11:04 a.m.
A couple of days ago, Jackson and his Dad packed up the canoe for his first fishing outing at Clayton Lake. He was pretty successful in catching 4 brook trout all cast and reeled by himself!         He doesn’t only love to catch the fish, he and his …
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Fish and forage: Fiddlehead risotto and pan-fried brook trout

on May 23, 2014, at 9:54 a.m.
After a couple of 80 degree days a week or two ago, we have not seen much of the sun. So far, there are no signs of black flies and wishful thinking has me hoping that maybe they won’t show this year! Foolish, I know. We’ve been taking full advantage …
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Warmer weather and longer days, this moose lies down for a cat nap

on May 14, 2014, at 10:45 a.m.
Yesterday the boys and I went for a walk down by the lake. We played for a bit until the youngest wild child decided to run into the water and soak himself. We quickly moved on toward the bridge to see if I could photograph a pair of handsome Mergansers that were there …
Piping plover.

Piping plovers on the beach

By Dave Small on May 13, 2014, at 8:47 a.m.
LIFE AS A WARDEN WIFE (blog)

Happy Mother’s Day from the North Woods

on May 11, 2014, at 11:11 a.m.
When news circulated of our impending move to Clayton Lake, one of the first questions that people asked was, “Aren’t you going to be so bored?” I’m sure my jaw dropped most times this question was asked. Clearly these people had forgotten what it’s like to have two kids under the …
TREES WITH THE FUR ON (blog)

What are you afraid of?

on May 10, 2014, at 6:29 p.m.
This spring I’m doing something I haven’t done for a long time, I’m training for a (relatively) long distance running event, several of them in fact. The distance in question is 15 miles, and my plan is to sustain that level of fitness all summer, having started with a half …
LIFE AS A WARDEN WIFE (blog)

Thirsty Moose

on May 10, 2014, at 11:32 a.m.
Yesterday was a gorgeous day up here in the woods, 67 degrees in the shade. Trucks are still not running and it is SO quiet. After lots of playtime with the wild creatures, I sat outside and read while they took their nap. I kept hearing a partridge drumming and …
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Maine lovers, put this book on your “must read” list

on April 30, 2014, at 2:01 p.m.
Never before have I read a book that so effortlessly paints an accurate picture of the character of the state of Maine and her people. I probably should have waited until I finished reading the book to start discussing it, but a certain paragraph stirred my core this morning. You know …
LIFE AS A WARDEN WIFE (blog)

Tote Road tango

on April 28, 2014, at 7:26 p.m.
  With both boys, the dog, and the cat packed in the blazer we started out to brave the Realty Road in the height of spring thaw. Sections of the road were beautiful and we were able to cruise along, and then all of a sudden a crater would appear. …
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Read this book now.

on April 22, 2014, at 8:40 p.m.
As a writer it’s a rare and unexpected delight to encounter a book you identify so completely with or admire so much that you wish you had written it. The wickedly funny How Animals Have Sex is one such book for me. Carl Safina’s gorgeous The View from Lazy Point …
ROCK TALK (blog)

The Importance of Adventure … why you should get yourself and your family outside.

on April 19, 2014, at 5:13 p.m.
Twelve good reasons to send your son, your daughter or yourself out to climb the mountains, paddle the rivers, sail the sea or crawl through the caves. I was thinking about this post and knew I wanted to talk about the importance of adventure in our lives – especially that …
LIFE AS A WARDEN WIFE (blog)

Feathery Friends

on April 18, 2014, at 11:36 a.m.
This past week we have seen significant bird activity here in the North Woods. After the arrival of a few new faces, I started to search feeder ideas on Pinterest. There were plenty of options, but I didn’t have the right pieces of scrap wood for most of them. After getting a few doubtful smirks …
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Make a spring memory

on April 13, 2014, at 1:49 p.m.
In the early spring when I was a kid, my parents would take my brother and I for a walk on an old abandoned woods road behind Pumpkin Ridge in Marshfield. Clouds covered the skies and a foggy mist floated in the air while tiny streams of melted snow and …
LIFE AS A WARDEN WIFE (blog)

It’s 10 O’Clock…Do you know where your milk is?

on April 12, 2014, at 9:53 a.m.
We have done pretty well with keeping our groceries stocked so far, keeping whatever we can’t fit in the house, outside in a cooler. I would say that milk is our biggest issue. We just don’t have enough space to keep it inside in the small propane fridge and with the freezers filled with …
TREES WITH THE FUR ON (blog)

Short Takes: Day 100

on April 11, 2014, at 8:11 a.m.
The hundred day streak ended yesterday, right were all of this started: after work on the trails in the woods behind my house with my dogs. Running that humble 3 mile loop as a way to slough off the aches and pains of a day in the classroom and in …
 
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