Monday, April 28, 2008

Maine's Monhegan Island

The Monhegan Island, located off the coast of Maine, has seen many painters come and go. Read this new article about the island and what draws painters to its shores. "Artists find new angles on Maine's Monhegan Island", Asbury Park Press, April 27, 2008.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Whitewater Rafting Season in Maine - "The Forks"

If you are looking for whitewater rafting firms or lodging in "the Forks area" of Maine then there is a web site that can assist. Visit "The Forks Area" web site for info on towns in this area - The Forks, West Forks, Jackman, Caratunk, and Bingham. For more information on this topic click on whitewater rafting firms in Maine.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Dry-Fly Fishing Season Approaches in Maine

The dry-fly fishing season is coming up here in Maine. Read an interesting article on this topic - "Mayfly month begins soon", Morning Sentinel, April 26, 2008. For more information on fly fishing in Maine go to the online Maine Fly Fishing Guide.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Maine Food & Lifestyle Magazine

Here is a magazine that explores food trends and traditions in Maine. In addition, it features articles on seasonal recipes. There are some that are predicting an emerging regional cuisine in Maine - and this website, magazine and blog supports that line of thought. So if you want to experience the best in local Maine food and cuisine then this magazine and website might be a good informational source for you. See the Maine Food & Lifestyle website and visit the Maine Food & Lifestyle Blog. I like the blog so much I have added it to my "Blog Roll".

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Androscoggin River Fishing News (Maine)

I recently came across a website about fishing in the Androscoggin River Valley in Maine. It is called the Upper Andro Anglers Alliance. Basically it has lots of info about fishing in the upper Androscoggin River region of Maine. The Maine fishing website has news articles, a blog, maps, list of fishing guides and outfitters, info, photos, fishing rules, and more. Very useful site for the fisherman.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Turkey Hunting in Maine

The Maine turkey hunting season opens in early May here in Maine. Read an article about the start of the hunting season (and spring!) in the Kennebec Journal (4/23/2008) entitled "Signs of spring have sprung".

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Hiking Downeast in Washington County, Maine

A great blog posting on hiking in Washington County, Maine along the coast. See "The trails of Cobscook", Trail Head Outdoors Maine Today, April 9, 2008. Lots of good photos and a nice guide to hiking in that part of the woods and the Cobscook Trails Project. For more information about hiking in Maine see "Hiking in Maine: Info, maps, trails, guides, and tours".

Birding in Maine

Read a blog entry on by a Maine birder on his birding experiences this past weekend. Some wonderful photographs! See the April 20, 2008 entry called "Egrets and Flickers". by the Birding in Maine Blog. Read about a man from Texas who is spending six days a week for two months on top of Bradbury Mountain in Pownal, Maine to look at birds. See the April 6, 2008 news article called "Bradbury Mountain's wing man". Posted by Outdoors Maine Today. The Outdoors Maine Today Field Notes section has posted an article - "22 1/2 Species of Waterfowl from Biddeford to Scarborough" dated April 6, 2008. See a post by the SoFreeport Log on March 31, 2008 entitled "Great spot for Bikers, Birders, Skiers, Hikers, & Snowmobilers". Visit this link to find more information about birding in Maine.

White Water Paddling Season Coming to Maine

The white water paddling season is just around the corner here in Maine. Read a news article on this exciting sport - "Whitewater paddling season only 1 week away", Bangor Daily News, March 22, 2008. For information on races in Maine see the Maine Canoe & Kayak Racing Organization website.

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Maine Professional Guides Association

The Maine Professional Guides Association is composed of Registered Maine Guides. The guides listed in this directory are members in good standing of the Maine Professional Guides Association. If you are in need of a Maine Guide you can search their website for one. Here is some info on this association taken from their website.

"All Registered Maine Guides have a commercial motorboat operators license and have completed at least one first aid course. They have also successfully completed a written test and an oral exam on the Maine outdoors and all applicable laws. Guides Licenses are issued for the categories of Hunting, Fishing, Recreation, Sea Kayaking and Whitewater Rafting (for rafting trips on specific rivers). A Master Guide license is held by the most experienced guides, and often covers multiple categories such as hunting, fishing and recreation."

Sunday, April 20, 2008

An Internet Listing of Maine Boat Builders

With spring here and summer coming soon many folks are yearning for a boat to hit the lakes and ocean with. Maine has a long and rich tradition of building boats for many purposes. Visit a web page that lists many of the Maine boat building firms.

Order Maine Lobsters To Go

Can't get to Maine for the weekend but you want some real Maine lobster? You can place your order by phone, email, or on the web to have your lobster shipped to your house. Visit Maine Lobsters for a listing of lobster pounds that will ship lobsters to your location.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Maine Whitewater Rafting Season Looks Promising

Maine whitewater outfitters are gearing up for a new season. Despite rising gas prices and other associated costs of doing business they feel optimistic about the upcoming rafting season. See a related news article on this topic: April 19, 2008. "Outfitters cautiously optimistic about rafting despite economic woes". Kennebec Journal. For more information see whitewater rafting in Maine.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

DeLorme Maps of Maine

One of the better known "Maine firms" is the DeLorme company of Yarmouth, Maine. DeLorme started out making maps and now their product line extends to street atlas, topo maps, GPS, GIS software and more. So if you are traveling to Maine (or anywhere else for that matter) and you need some maps or navigation tools then visit the DeLorme website for maps and GPS tools. Read an interesting article in the Bangor Daily News (April 12, 2008) about how the DeLorme mapping company started. Click here for more info on maps of Maine and click here for info on GPS products for automobiles.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Fishing in Maine!

The snow is finally melting away - slowly. So here in Maine we move into the next season and to new sporting endeavors. For many folks - that sport is fishing. With the many lakes, ponds and rivers that Maine has - fishing is very good. And with the start of fishing season we see many news articles on the subject. Here are a few recent news articles on fishing in Maine.

April 13, 2008. "Snowmelt gives way to fishing".
April 12, 2008. "On Lake Auburn, early -season fishing is tricky proposition". Kennebec Journal.
April 9, 2008. "Poor etiquette can douse the fishing". Kennebec Journal.
April 7, 2008. "In 1908, Bangor fishermen fretted over salmon decline". Bangor Daily News.
March 22, 2008. "State to promote fishing on Internet". Bangor Daily News.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Author of Book About Birding in Maine Speaks In Searsport on April 18, 2008

A book author on the outdoors, Tom Seymour, will be doing a "talk and book-signing" on Friday evening, April 18, 2008 in Searsport, Maine at the Left Bank Books store. He has wrote a book entitled "Birding Maine". to read more see the April 13, 2008 news article by the Waldo Village Soup - "Flock to Left Bank for Seymour's book". To learn more about this topic see "birding in Maine".

The Last of the Maine Ice Fishing News?

Read a humorous blog posting by an ice fisherman's wife about the ice fishing season in Maine. See the April 1, 2008 posting entitled: "Ice-fishing season is over". A carpenter's wife blog. Complete with pictures!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

State Campsites in Maine Very Popular

Reservations at Maine State campgrounds are coming in quickly reaching an all-time high for this time of year. For more information on this topic see "State campsites filling up fast", Portland Press Herald, April 7, 2008. Visit the Maine State Parks web page by the Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands. The Maine Campground Owners Association has a guide to campgrounds in Maine - see the Maine Camping Guide. For additional information on camping in Maine and a list of Maine campgrounds click on camping in Maine.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Maine Maple Syrup Season Extended in the North

The cool weather and heavy snow depths in the woods has delayed the maple syrup season in Northern Maine. Read more in "Syrup run's late start worrisome".

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Maine Warden Service Offers Caution on Ice

The Maine Warden Service is urging people to use caution when going out onto the ice. It may look safer than it really is. Read "Wardens urge caution as ice fishing season ends", Knox VillageSoup, April 5, 2008.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Open Water Fishing Season Begins in Maine

The Maine Open Water Fishing Season is beginning. Although most ponds and lakes still have some ice on them there are some open water areas to fish in. See "Open Water Fishing Season Begins", WCSH 6 News Center, April 1, 2008; "Hardy anglers brave gloomy opening day of fishing season", Kennebec Journal, April 2, 2008; and "Icy start", Sun Journal, April 2, 2008; "Where's a good place to fish April 1?", Waldo VillageSoup, March 28, 2008.

Successful Ski Season in Maine

Maine's snow skiing season has been one of the best in recent years. The abundant snowfall contributed to a healty economic state of affairs for the states ski resorts. Some articles follow on the recent ski season that is about to end.

April 5, 2008. "Happy trails to the ski season". Kennebec Journal.
April 4, 2008. "Run of snow days gives lift to Northeast ski resorts". Market Watch.
April 3, 2008. "Camden ski area finishes in black". Bangor Daily News.
April 2, 2008. "Saddleback to Replace Summit T-Bar, Expand Ski Terrain". First Tracks Online.
April 1, 2008. "Nation's ski industry hoping for record year". Sun Journal.

Maine Maple Syrup Making Coming to End Soon

Maine maple syrup time is coming to an end soon. Here are some recent news articles about the recent Maine Maple Sunday and maple syrup making here in Maine.

April 5, 2008. "Rainy Maple Days and End of Syrup Making". Maple Syrup Making Time! Blog.
April 3, 2008. "Economic Sweet Spot: Making Maple Syrup". The Christian Science Monitor.
April 2, 2008. "In Maine, spring yields its first sweet crop". The Boston Globe.
April 1, 2008. "South School Children Hear Stories of Maple Sugaring". Waldo VillageSoup.
April 1, 2008. "Maine Maple". GooGooGoingsOn Blog.
March 31, 2008. "Sticky situation". The Boston Globe.
March 31, 2008. "Boil, boil toil and trouble?" Maple Syrup Making Time! Blog.