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Outdoor Adventure Blog


Houghton Graves Park: An adventure story of multiple kidnappings

One of a series of articles exploring the natural and human history of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s protected land. With each of these articles comes a public event. We encourage you to enjoy the Winter Solstice Lantern Walk on Dec. 21. Click here for details. By Nancy West For a sweet morsel of a park […]

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Long Reach Preserve: Rocks and family ties

This is one in a series of articles about the author’s research into Harpswell Heritage Land Trust preserves and trails this year. By Nancy West If you want an invigorating hike through a forest to a pristine water view of another forest preserve, get thee to the Long Reach Preserve. You’ll clamber up and over […]

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Middle Bay Islands: History, Beauty and a Lesson in Working Together

This is one in a series of articles about the author’s research into Harpswell Heritage Land Trust preserves and trails this year. By Nancy West What is this treasure? There’s a pie riding on it. For the most intriguing idea, I’ll bake you a pie. You should know that a cherry pie that I baked […]

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Playing a Role in Historic Preservation

One of a series of articles exploring the natural and human history of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s protected land. With each of these articles comes a public event. We encourage you to celebrate Harpswell’s rich history at Harpswell Day on Oct. 13 from 12-4 p.m. Click here for details. By Nancy West The beauty of […]

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Potts Point Preserve: A gem

One of a series of articles exploring the natural and human history of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s protected land. With each of these articles comes a public event. This fall’s Short Course on Harpswell’s Habitats and Fisheries includes a field trip to Potts Point Preserve on Sept. 22. Click here for details. By Nancy West The […]

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Little Yarmouth Island: Full of surprises

One of a series of articles exploring the natural and human history of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s protected land. With each of these articles comes a public event. On July 15 there was a guided paddle to Little Yarmouth Island. By Nancy West Go to Little Yarmouth Island Preserve. You can paddle there easily after […]

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Otter Brook Preserve: A Noisy Spring

One of a series of articles exploring the natural and human history of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s protected land. With each of these articles comes a public event. On June 2 you are invited to the Grand Opening of the Otter Brook Preserve (click here for details). By Nancy West Probably to my own betterment, […]

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McIntosh Lot Preserve: Ancient history on display

One of a series of articles exploring the natural and human history of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s protected land. With each of these articles comes a public event. On May 27 you are invited to learn about the geology of the Giant’s Stairs (click here for details). By Nancy West What comes to mind when […]

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Stover’s Cove Preserve: A picnic spot and much more

One of a series of articles exploring the natural and human history of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s protected land. With each of these articles comes a public event. On April 21 you are invited to help pick up trash at all Harpswell Heritage Land Trust preserves and trails, as part of the town’s annual John […]

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Hackett and Minot Trails: Trees and a legacy

One of a series of articles exploring the natural and human history of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s protected land. With each of these articles comes a public event. On March 24 you are invited to a Spring Walk with a Naturalist at the Hackett and Minot Trails. Click here for details. By Nancy West A […]

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Skolfield Shores Preserve: A 148 million year legacy

One of a series of articles exploring the natural and human history of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s protected land. With each of these articles comes a public event. On Feb. 18 you are invited to a Winter Ecology Walk at Skolfield Shores Preserve. Click here for details. By Nancy West Harpswell volunteers who saved Skolfield […]

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Curtis Farm Preserve: A braided history

One of a series of articles exploring the natural and human history of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s protected land. With each of these articles comes a public event. On Jan. 31 you are invited to a Full Moon Snowshoe at Curtis Farm Preserve. Click here for details. By Nancy West When we began walking Flossie, […]

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A History of Skolfield Shores Preserve

Look around you at Skolfield Shores Preserve and consider all the history that has occurred at this site over the centuries. For 10,000 years this place has been a stopping place for Native Americans along their travel route from the forest, down the rivers and along the shore to Cape Cod. To travel from inland […]

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Long Reach Preserve in Autumn

By Ed Robinson While each of the trails in Harpswell has something to offer, I always look forward to time spent at Long Reach Preserve. Not only does the Preserve offer the longest hike in town (nearly 2 miles in total), but you can enjoy a wide diversity of terrain and genuine solitude on this […]

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Yarmouth Island Geology Tour

By Alicia Pulsifer Heyburn On a clear morning on the last day of September, I paddled my kayak to Bethel Point to meet Bates College students in Dyk Eusden’s field geology class.  They had recently climbed Mt. Washington to learn about the ancient Appalachian Mountains, traveled to Ripogenus Gorge and will visit Vinalhaven, Acadia and […]

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Visiting Ghosts on Birch Island

Articles and photographs by Jym St. Pierre On Saturday, August 20, 2016, we dipped the kayaks into the blue water of Mere Point Bay and paddled the short distance to Birch Island. The goal was to visit a property that Harpswell Heritage Land Trust is working to preserve. Casco Bay is a drowned landscape. After […]

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The New Trail in Town at the Devil’s Back

By Ed Robinson Attention All Hikers!  It’s time to lace up your boots and get over to the Devil’s Back Trail parking lot on the north end of Orr’s Island.  You’ll find a lovely new trail just waiting for you to explore and to enjoy some classic Harpswell scenery. A team of 12 volunteers spent […]

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Pott’s Point Preserve: Flashback to Fantasy Land

By Jamie Pacheco My parents both grew up on the coast: one a Mainer, the other a fortunate Massachusetts transplant.  I grew up in inland Maine, since my parents’ work took them away from the sea.  My parents missed the ocean and they spoke of it often throughout my childhood.  To me, coastal living became […]

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Long Reach Preserve and a Short Fall

By Jamie Pacheco Last weekend we held a surprise 50th birthday party for my aunt at my family’s oceanfront abode. This meant that 20ish people descended for four hours with enough food to feed a small herd of ravenous teenage boys. Though we aren’t a ravenous herd of teenage boys, we still usually manage to […]

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Scourge of the Seaweed on the Devil’s Back

by Jamie Pacheco Spring has arrived here in Southern Maine and most of the snow has melted. In honor of this, Essex and I have started revisiting the slippery and steep, formerly snow-covered trails in Harpswell. On Tuesday afternoon we headed out to give Devil’s Back Trail the once over. This began as a nerve-wracking […]

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