Moose Wildlife Safari on the water
Experience the feeling of your Canoe or Kayak slicing effortless through waters surface on a remote pond graced by the majestic and historic mountains that form the Appalachian Trail. On your trip you may see trout jumping, families of loons and ducks, Beaver, Otter, Whitetail deer, Snowshoe Hare, Bobcat, Black Bear and of course, the Majestic Maine Moose!
Your personal moose safari will be led by an experienced and knowledgeable registered Maine Guide from the Staff of Northwoods Outfitters, Maine's premier outdoor outfitter. Our guides have a passion for the Maine wilderness and are well rounded naturalists. In addition to seeing and learning about Moose and other wildlife, you will also learn some of the interesting history that makes the Moosehead Lake region truly unique.
If you’re looking for a exclusive and memorable wilderness experience, far from the noise of cars, free from the whine of motorboats, with only the lonely cry of the Loon, then let us take you there. Get out! With Northwoods Outfitters.Related to:
Climb "Beehive" at Acadia
We climbed up the short but straight up a cliff trail to the top of "Beehive". It was only about 1/4 mile and didn't take very long, but we were right at the edge of a cliff most of the time. The photo really is what it looks like. You're hanging on a cliff, and need some metal steps/holds to keep you from falling over the edge and getting up there in several places. This is most definitely NOT something you might want to do if you are in the least bit afraid of heights!!! I let my children do this, because they are used to it, have had rock climbing lessons, and are capable of doing it. I would not recommend this for young children that haven't done any of those type of things. One wrong step and you are gone.
We saw quite a few adults turn right around after the first scary section a few feet up.
But, this was our favorite little hike at Acadia:)
Someone told me the "Precipes" trail is even better , but it was closed for breeding falcons....
( wouldn't want some angry bird pecking at me while hanging on a cliff :-)
Equipment: Whatever shoes you have that have good traction. I would not carry anything uneccesary, it's only a short hike and things like large packs would get in the way.
Climbing Mount Katahdin-the details
Climbing Mount Katahdin in Maine was one of the toughest hikes/climbs we have done so far, but definitely the most fun also.
We started at Roaring Brook campsite. I had reservations for Chimney Pond campsite for 2 days in a “lean-to”, just in case the weather did not cooperate. It almost didn’t…..
Chimney Pond campsite is at the base of Katahdin, at around 1500 ft elevation, approximately a 3 mile hike from the parking lot , takes 2 hours (easy).
From there, we climbed Cathedral Trail the remaining 1.7 miles to the summit of Baxter Peak ( Mount Katahdin), and when I say “climb” I mean it. It was just short of technical in several places and we had to use our rock climbing skills to get up some of the larger boulders. Basically, you go up about 4000 feet in about a mile.
The photos show the “Cathedrals” well, we climbed the face of them, until the trail met up with Saddle Trail for a short hike on loose rock to the top.
The Knife Edge starts at Baxter Peak and ends at Pamola Peak, but we did not go that way because we ran out of food. Personally, it did not look that scary to me, after what we had already climbed.
When we reached Chimney Pond, it rained. The day was classified as a “II” meaning, “hiking to top allowed but not recommended”. So, we sat out the afternoon in our lean-to, played cards, and ate most of the food…..plus did a short hike up another trail. So, by the time we got up Katahdin, we had a few granola bars left, that was it….and 5 hours of hiking left.
On the way down, we took Saddle Trail, which was a mistake! It was supposed to be “easier” but was just loose rock at a very very steep grade. I slipped and fell on my arm, and knee. No serious injury , but a lot of bruises and scratches. The kids slipped several times also. It was a miserable, wet trail all the way down, and I would have much preferred climbing back down Cathedral, or going over the Knife Edge, or anything but that one…..
Overall we had beautiful weather and enjoyed the hike.
Equipment: Good hiking shoes , better yet, approach shoes (but we didn't have any), lots of food, bad weather gear , water filter or tablets, first-aid kit, flash light , map
There is an outdoors store in Millinocket, if you don't have any equipment
Kayak Maine's Streams and Ponds
Maine has a number of streams and ponds worth kayaking. One of our favorites is Belgrade Stream not far from Augusta. It's so wide and deep that it looks more like a river than a stream to me, and is has numerous tributaries to explore. We even ran into a group from Colby College canoeing down Belgrade Stream for their freshman trip.Related to:
hiking is a great sport!
Maine has great hiking opportunities be they on the coast at parks like Acadia or farther inland at places like Baxter State Park. There are hikes for all skill levels and lengths so no excuses now...HIKE!
Equipment: Good boots and water proof clothing are essentials.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
water sports and beach activities
Sebago lake is the second largest Lake in Maine. This view of one of the bays is from Murch Landing in Raymond and looks to White Mountains in New Hampshire
Equipment: There are numerous marinas to rent speed boats, party boats and other water equipmentall around Sebago LakeRelated to:
- Water Sports
Canoe Maine's waterways
Maine is a canoers paradise. Just watch out for the moose -- you'll often find them in your way!
Equipment: uhh...canoes!Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
This is a small ski lift area, very family friendly but well groomed trails
Equipment: Take your lunch; the snack bar is expensive ; the full service restaurant is reasonable but only available in evening hours
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