Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust earns national recognition

Courtesy of Hans Krichels. To visitors enjoy the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands in Orland on horseback.

Maine’s Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust – which has conserved more than 4,500 acres in Hancock County – is one of 25 land trusts nationwide to be awarded first-time accreditation this month from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, according to a recent press release. Accredited land trusts are authorized to display a seal indicating to the public that they meet national […]

Where in the woods am I?


Last week, my dog Oreo and I visited a hiking locale that has been on my list for a few years now. It’s a bit of a drive from Bangor – about an hour and a half – and I was pleased that Oreo didn’t get car sick on the way there. (There’s a good chance he’ll […]

1-minute hike: Goose Ridge in Montville


Difficulty: Moderate. The 3.7-mile trail travels over hilly terrain. While maintained and marked well, the trail does present a few challenges. Prepare for a few short muddy sections, some steep slopes, exposed roots and a few rocky sections as well. How to get there: The Goose Ridge Trail has two trailheads. To reach the north […]

1-minute swim: The Ledges in Baxter State Park


Difficulty: Easy to strenuous, depending on where you choose to swim. Swift currents, rapids and small waterfalls make this section of Nesowadnehunk Stream exciting, but there are small natural slides and calmer areas of shallow water for children to enjoy under supervision. There’s also plenty of space for sunbathing and relaxing on the rock ledges. How […]

Where in the woods am I?


We picked a hike that would be good for Oreo (our dog) this past weekend. By that I mean a fairly long trail without a lot of traffic and plenty of hills for running and expending energy. Also, of course, dogs were permitted, which certainly isn’t the case for all trails. Anyway, Oreo had a blast. […]