Monthly Archives: March 2012

Readers: send me your Katahdin tales

Photo by Aislinn Sarnacki. Mount Katahdin's Knife's Edge as seen from Baxter Peak on Aug. 14, 2011.

The BDN is working on the next “BDN Maine Outdoors” special publication, and for a piece I’m writing about Mount Katahdin, Maine’s tallest peak, I need your help. In a quest to depict this historied mountain, I’m asking people to share their stories. I have my own tradition to write about, but I’m interested to […]

1-minute hike: Canada Cliffs and Beech Cliffs in Acadia National Park

Photo by Aislinn Sarnacki. A view of Beach Cliffs beside Echo Lake in Acadia Mountain Park on Mount Desert Island on March 22, 2012. A 0.5-mile hiking trail climbs the cliffs to the top, where the trail meets Canada Cliffs Trail and Beech Cliffs Loop Trail.

Difficulty: Moderate-strenuous. The 1-mile Canada Cliffs Trail is moderate difficulty and switchbacks up the cliffs with a few sections of stone and log steps. The 0.5-mile Beech Cliffs Trail is steeper and includes metal ladders and railings. How to get there: Both trails leave from the Echo Lake Beach parking lot in Acadia National Park near […]

Hike sights: trail creatures of MDI

Photo by Aislinn Sarnacki. A common garter snake enjoys the sun beside a hiking trail in Mount Desert Island on March 22, 2012.

Birds, reptiles and rodents alike were out enjoying the sun yesterday, Thursday, March 22, in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. The ocean breeze kept the temperature at around 75 degrees – still pretty darn hot for this time of year – while farther inland, the temperature reached mid-80s. I don’t want to completely […]

Why you can’t comment

Hello blog readers, Something weird is up with the comments. I did not revoke your right to comment on my videos and stories. In fact, it bothers me that you can’t right now. But it will be fixed shortly … I am told … by the blog gods that be (also known as Martha and […]

An ode to winter hiking

By Aislinn Sarnacki. Hikers snowshoe up the Abol Trail on Mount Katahdin on Feb. 19, 2012.

After traveling to Carrabassett Valley (western Maine) last week and finding myself “snowshoeing” in 60-degree weather and running into bald spots where the sun had melted away all snow, I’ve realized that the snow may just be about gone for this year’s winter hiking season. I know, northern Maine still has some stuff to work […]

Chewonki to host annual environmental conference

The Maine Environmental Education Association Conference announced the organization’s annual conference, scheduled for Friday, March 23, at Chewonki in Wiscasset, will be themed “Building Partnerships for Sustainable Communities: Gathering the Usual and Unusual Suspects.” This year’s conference is about building bridges. The organization aims to connect environmental education to the work of conservation organizations, health […]