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Outdoor Adventure Blog


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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Secret Places: Around Here They All Have Ocean and Trees

by Jamie Pacheco Yesterday neither Nate nor I worked from home.  On days like this Essex enjoys some quality crate time.  She hates it and I hate it, but she still likes to nibble our shoes or eat the shower head (don’t ask) so she hasn’t graduated to freedom yet.  To break up the crate […]

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Wet, Windy and Cold: Mitchell Field in March

by Jamie Pacheco It is cloudy, there is a chill in the air, and rain is impending; welcome to early spring in Maine. Would anyone like to join me for a walk? Or course not! Any sane person would be avoiding a walk in the woods (or anywhere) in this sort of weather. But let […]

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A Glorious Day for a Hike at Skolfield Shores Preserve

by Jamie Pacheco It was a glorious day for a hike, being the second day I was allowed out of the house on my own this month. I broke my collarbone on January 2nd which has kept me cooped up for the last two weeks and has led me to believe that Alpine skiing is […]

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Let’s Say Hello, and Go for a Hike on the Cliff Trail

By Jamie Pacheco Hello. My name is Jamie and my family and I are happy to be recent transplants to Harpswell. The more we see of Harpswell, the more we think we may never leave. I’ll be writing stories about my exploration of the trails and shore of Harpswell and posting them on Harpswell Heritage […]

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Middle Bay’s Crow Island Preserve a Quiet Oasis

By Ed Robinson Saturday morning, August 9th, dawned clear and calm. Even without checking the marine forecast I knew the day would be perfect for a boat trip to Middle Bay. Temperatures in the mid 70’s, a wisp of a breeze, and plenty of sun – it doesn’t come much better in Maine. After stocking […]

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Bailey Island’s Mackerel Cove: A Community Landmark

By Ed Robinson There are scenes that stick in your mind and sights that are worth visiting many times. This description certainly describes the view of Bailey Island’s Mackerel Cove from Harpswell Islands Road (Route 24). Residents and visitors alike can enjoy the picturesque view of this working harbor thanks to community-driven preservation efforts. Looking […]

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The Shores of Orr’s

By Ed Robinson When our son Eric was at Bowdoin he was fortunate to spend the summer of 2006 doing research at the college’s Coastal Studies Center on the northern tip of Orr’s Island. A visit introduced us to this lovely 118-acre property and the wide variety of trails on offer. If you have not […]

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Meander around Mitchell Field

By Ed Robinson October 22, 2001 was a big day in the life of Harpswell. On that date, the Federal government transferred ownership of the Navy’s “Defense Fuel Support Point” to our town. With the stroke of a pen, Harpswell was the new owner of nearly 120 acres of ocean front land with 2,630 feet […]

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A Beach and So Much More

By Ed Robinson When is a beach more than a beach? When it is wrapped around a salt marsh with wildlife always in view. That description suits 4 acre Stover’s Point Preserve, on a small peninsula jutting into Harpswell Sound. Visit this lovely spot any time of year, at any time of day and you […]

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Walking the Devil’s Back Trail

By Ed Robinson Sometimes a little creativity can go a long way; in this case 1.2 miles. That is the length of the outer loop of the Devil’s Back Trail on Orr’s Island. It is likely you have driven by the trailhead many times without stopping to check out this trail. With better weather here, […]

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A Slice of Paradise

By Ed Robinson If you long to feel the wind in your hair, and to fill your lungs with bracing sea air without leaving dry land, I have just the place for you: Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s Pott’s Point Preserve. To my mind’s eye, this “pocket preserve” has just about everything you could want if […]

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The Mighty Cliff Trail

By Ed Robinson Harpswell is known for its stunning scenery, and much of that scenery involves water. Add a lofty view across unspoiled forests, and you are in for a treat. Make your way to 263 Mountain Road, park behind the Town offices. Make sure to pack your binoculars and camera. If you have a […]

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Walking with Giants

By Ed Robinson Harpswell has many trails worth your time and energy, but if you only walk one trail in town I recommend the Giant’s Stairs walk on the southeast tip of Bailey Island. We have walked here in all kinds of weather, in all 4 seasons, and it never disappoints. Seeing the spectacular rock […]

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Follow the Tracks to Skolfield Shores

By Ed Robinson Just when you thought Harpswell was due for another green Christmas, December 16 brought a storm system to the region. Two inches of snow gave me an excuse to visit one of my favorite places in town, the Skolfield Shores Preserve. This 19 acre parcel, located next to Merruncoonegan Farm on Route […]

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Follow the Tracks to Skolfield Shores