Articles by Jeff Strout

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Paddle Smart Safety Symposium

By Jeff Strout on Jan. 27, 2013, at 2:24 p.m.
Paddle sports enthusiasts and those who would like to be are invited to the Bangor Civic Center Friday-Sunday, March 29-31, during the Boat Show to talk about the enjoyment of paddling small craft and how to do it safely. Join us for our 13th annual Paddle Smart presentation. This year, …
Jetboil’s new Sol Ti model (titanium cooking cup); 11.9 ounces; $149.95

Jetboil Sol Ti

By Jeff Strout on Oct. 28, 2011, at 5:45 p.m.
Price: $149.95 Weight: 11.9 ounces Jetboil’s new Sol Ti model (titanium cooking cup) is designed for the gear wonk in all of us — it’s compact, lightweight, has fast boil times and is pleasing to the eye. Jetboil’s PCS, personal cooking system, model made its debut in 2004, and the …
Robert Causey gets his red Old Town Scout canoe under way at Pushaw Lake’s Gould Landing on his birthday outing last Wednesday.

Birthday wonders and passing time

By Jeff Strout on Oct. 14, 2011, at 3:17 p.m.
It felt good Wednesday afternoon to get back on the water after a hiatus of several weeks during which major life changes were on the daily agenda. On the water I can ditch life’s glitches and feel at one with nature. My fiberglass cocoon transports me away from shore and …
Foliage progress state-wide

Western Maine resort towns, Down East coast displaying peak colors

By Jeff Strout on Oct. 13, 2011, at 11:36 a.m.
AUGUSTA — Peak foliage color has reached Rangeley, Farmington, Bethel, and the downeast coast, according to the fifth 2011 fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation (MDOC). Currently, Maine Forest Service and state park rangers are observing peak leaf color, or at least 75 percent color change, in …
Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort first to open in country

Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort first ski area to open in U.S.

By Jeff Strout on Oct. 10, 2011, at 10:24 a.m.
LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort (LVSSR) became the first ski area in the United States to open its lift served terrain for the 2011/12 season on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 at 7:30 a.m. Wolf Creek Ski Area that’s located in Pagosa Springs, Colo. was second. LVSSR, …

Time to think about colder water and paddling apparel

By Jeff Strout on Oct. 07, 2011, at 5:04 p.m.
While there’s still plenty of time this fall to get out on our lakes and bays, it’s time to think spring when it comes to dressing for the experience. As the water temperatures drop it is important to begin dressing for colder water. If you’ve been paddling on the ocean …

A great weekend in Maine

By Jeff Strout on Sept. 23, 2011, at 5:39 p.m.
If you didn’t get out last weekend and enjoy the crisp clear air, please don’t say I didn’t invite you. Sunday was a day to celebrate life, and 5,000 or more of us did just that — walking and running in the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure. “Race” …
To make loading a kayak on the roof of your vehicle, put a non-slip pad on the vehicle, then lift the bow of your boat up to sit on the pad. Next go to the stern, lift and push the boat onto the racks.

Don’t let the rest of the season go by without a good paddle

By Jeff Strout on Sept. 16, 2011, at 2:31 p.m.
Summer’s about to pass us by, and this weekend’s cooler weather should serve as a good reminder to that, but don’t be fooled into thinking your paddling opportunities are over. In fact, some of the better paddling weather is on your doorstep so make some plans to get out and …
Seboeis Lake

Favorite Places in Maine: Seboeis Management Unit

By Jeff Strout on Sept. 14, 2011, at 8:19 p.m.
It has been years, too many to recall, since I last visited Seboeis Lake and the Seboeis Management Unit of the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. But the memories persist. And for sure I want to return. It’s remote, to say the least, 16 miles north of Brownville Junction …

Down a lazy river

By Jeff Strout on Sept. 09, 2011, at 10:55 p.m.
Sometimes it takes a different perspective and a desire to try out a “new” (to you) place to paddle your kayak. I’ve paddled a fair number of places around the state, but surprisingly never on the Union River in Ellsworth. I’ve stopped at the public landing, the Ellsworth Waterfront Park …

Gear Box: Soto’s micro-windscreen

By Jeff Strout on Sept. 07, 2011, at 5:27 p.m.
Price: $9.95 Wind: Sailors love it, camping stoves hate it, some so much they go on strike. The outdoor cook will turn into a stonewall mason trying to escape Mother Nature’s gusty breath during meal prep. Even if it’s not blowing a gale, a 5-10 mph breeze will play havoc …
Warren Island State Park

Favorite places in Maine: Warren Island State Park

By Jeff Strout on Sept. 07, 2011, at 5:18 p.m.
If you love the ocean, and you love camping with a healthy dose of island life thrown in, then Warren Island State Park should be on your list. Accessible only by boat, Warren Island lies just south of Grindle Point, home of the Islesboro ferry terminal. Islesboro “gave” the island …
Swallowtail Lighthouse on Grand Manan Island's North Head guides mariners into Flagg's Cove and Stanley beach where the ferry terminal is located.

Fog doesn’t do much for the scenery during trip to Grand Manan

By Jeff Strout on Sept. 02, 2011, at 4:09 p.m.
Color my summer vacation gray. Sprinkle it with abundant moisture. Throw in a day of sun. Put it on an island in the Bay of Fundy. That pretty much sums up a week I spent in mid-August on Grand Manan, that great wall of cliffs you can see to the …
Cuisinart GrateLifter Charcoal Grill (model No. CCG-100) $149.99.

Cuisinart GrateLifter

By Jeff Strout on Aug. 31, 2011, at 5:38 p.m.
Cooking outdoors, especially in pleasant weather, seems always to make food taste so much better than indoors, right? Gas grills have made this experience quick and easy, but there’s something special — ritualistic — and a lot more flavorful about cooking over charcoal. The Cuisinart GrateLifter charcoal grill is not …

Great Blue Heron

By Jeff Strout on Aug. 10, 2011, at 5:55 p.m.
While riding around Schoodic peninsula in Acadia National Park, Old Town photographer Dave Small said he saw and photographed this Great Blue Heron. “I’ve been fortunate this spring and summer to see several herons, but this is the closest I’ve been able to get to one for quite a while. …

Voyage of the Yellow Banana

By Jeff Strout on Aug. 05, 2011, at 4:24 p.m.
Another Milbridge Days is in the books. Last weekend’s celebration, from my perspective, was another success, at least judging by the number of people who showed up in town. I’d say the number of parade watchers far outnumbered the town’s population of 1,200-plus. As usual, the town was hopping as …

Gear Box: Microbites from Guyot Designs

By Jeff Strout on Aug. 03, 2011, at 4:50 p.m.
MicroBites from Guyot Designs are a backpacker or camper’s dream utensil. Each snap-together pair is a five-utensil set that will take care of all your eating and many of your cooking needs. One piece is a spork (a spoon with short fork tines on the business end that allow you …
This view from Branch Lake looking north toward Bald Mountain was taken near the narrows that separate the northern and southern portions of the lake situated in Ellsworth.

Favorite Places in Maine: Branch Lake

By Jeff Strout on Aug. 03, 2011, at 4:48 p.m.
Not one to sit around and fry on a beach, I’m one to look for a nice place from which to launch a kayak and enjoy a day on the water. That there happens to be a nice sandy beach at such a locale is a bonus. Such is the …
These are the materials you’ll need to fill a gap in a polythelyne kayak hull. The bottle cap was used as a measure and the plastic cup as a mixing bowl.

When you ding your plastic kayak, epoxy can patch it

By Jeff Strout on July 29, 2011, at 7:38 p.m.
If you paddle a kayak in Maine, chances are pretty good you’re going to scratch up the bottom of your boat. Occasionally you’re going to do more than put a scratch in you hull. And when that deep ding happens in a polyethylene (aka plastic) hull, how do you keep …

Gear Box: Spiderpodium will grab your imagination

By Jeff Strout on July 27, 2011, at 5:54 p.m.
How often are you looking for a way to hold, let’s say, your cellphone while you’re on the speaker trying to wrestle something from the recess of your desk, a pocketbook or pants pocket? Or held your flashlight while you worked in a dark recess of the engine compartment or …