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    We did the Red Rock Loop in the Maine section of...

    We did the Red Rock Loop in the Maine section of the WMNF and saw nobody except a WMNF work crew on the access rd. We did the loop from Hut Rd in Stoneham. This was on a nice day, mid week in July....
  2. We were up on Rumford Whitecap a few weeks back...

    We were up on Rumford Whitecap a few weeks back when the blueberries were just starting to ripen. They did not seem sparse at that time....just not quite ready to pick. We did find enough ripe...
  3. Mahoosuc Land Trust is also part of a group...

    Mahoosuc Land Trust is also part of a group working to buy and conserve what was formerly a part of Chadbourne Tree Farms. This is a 15,000 acre project that includes Tumbledown Dick Mountain,...
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    The recognition of purple stripes to mark land in...

    The recognition of purple stripes to mark land in Maine dates back to 2012; the marking is designate "Access by Permission Only" and is considered to be more permanent that signage. Purple marks...
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    +1 for the Berry Pickers trail to Saddleback and...

    +1 for the Berry Pickers trail to Saddleback and the Horn. The info shown in Maine Trail Finder seems accurate to me. The access has been sketchy in the past but most recent reports imply that the...
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    As far as comps go, I would suggest that the...

    As far as comps go, I would suggest that the southern presidentials is the most easily comparable area that comes to mind. I did the loop on a humid summer day and I do not remember the rocks as...
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    2019-09-01 Callout #21 - Old Bridle Path...

    2019-09-01 Callout #21 - Old Bridle Path
    https://www.facebook.com/pemisar/

    Sounds like they ought to hand out headlamps to all hikers heading down OBP after a certain hour. I like the idea of...
  8. I will 2nd Coastal Maine Botanical Garden. I am...

    I will 2nd Coastal Maine Botanical Garden. I am not a garden/flower guy but I truly enjoyed my two visits so far. The place is big and can involve more walking than most people are willing to do. ...
  9. Thread: Why hike?

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    I enjoy the solitude, the views, the time off...

    I enjoy the solitude, the views, the time off from day to day life and most of all, exploring new areas. We are fortunate to have a base camp in southern Oxford county Maine which really cuts down...
  10. I will 2nd Salty's reply. I also have a can from...

    I will 2nd Salty's reply. I also have a can from the 80's that I still use from time to time. I simply do not have many applications for the stuff these days and a little goes a long way. IMO, if...
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    I believe that the bridge at the start of the...

    I believe that the bridge at the start of the Highwater Trail is a part of the snowmobile trail system. This bridge is a primary connector/corridor trail in the snowmobile trail system between Maine...
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    After 2 rounds of Lyme, I can say that the sun...

    After 2 rounds of Lyme, I can say that the sun sensitivity from the Doxy was worse that the disease itself. I survived the 3 week med cycle using long sleeve spf shirts, sunscreen & hats. I did not...
  13. PB, check out Caltopo, using the forest service...

    PB, check out Caltopo, using the forest service 2016 maps.....they are quite up to date and include some pretty good detail
    https://caltopo.com/map.html#ll=44.27114,-71.16982&z=15&b=f16a
  14. For me, it is all about eye contact. I look for...

    For me, it is all about eye contact. I look for eye contact and if the contact is made, then I will follow with a "good morning" or "good afternoon" More people on the trail = less eye contact. ...
  15. PB, thank you for the enlightenment-I was not...

    PB, thank you for the enlightenment-I was not aware that HQ would be supplementing power sold to the US with gas fired generation for use locally. In fact, as it is impossible to track where each...
  16. On Friday, I sat on the top of Speckled Mountain...

    On Friday, I sat on the top of Speckled Mountain in Peru, ME thinking about this discussion. From that vantage point, I could see 5 wind farms and a significant power line right of way, in the...
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    Actually, it is PNS...Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. ...

    Actually, it is PNS...Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. ME & NH have been fighting for years over possession of the island that PNS is located on. Fortunately, both states benefit from good jobs available...
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    I had significant dental surgery last fall...

    I had significant dental surgery last fall (twice) It was suggested that I use opioids. Instead, I bridged two different types of OTC pain/inflammation relievers. I believe that I used Tylenol &...
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    L.L. Cote in Errol, NH is a possibility. There...

    L.L. Cote in Errol, NH is a possibility. There isn't much coming south into Grafton notch. There are a couple of cabins/Inns in Upton that might be able to help; although nothing I would count on....
  20. I couldn't agree more. Look at the satellite...

    I couldn't agree more. Look at the satellite view of the Kennebec Gorge area. That area is working forest, trees harvested to within a couple hundred feet of the river and two separate power line...
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    A recent report from a "successful" navigation of...

    A recent report from a "successful" navigation of the Dry River Trail http://www.newenglandtrailconditions.com/nh/viewreport.php?entryid=36209

    Sounds pretty rough in there
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    A side trip to Roaring Springs was a something...

    A side trip to Roaring Springs was a something that I feel that I would like to do "next time" It is up towards the North Rim at about 5000' elevation- a decent day trip but not overwhelming by any...
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    Dave, we were just there on April 1. We hiked...

    Dave, we were just there on April 1. We hiked down in 4 hours, arriving @ 11am. We left the next morning right after breakfast. For me, the half day and one night was just right. Most of the...
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    We just returned from a trip to Northern Arizona....

    We just returned from a trip to Northern Arizona. Evidently, the first week in April is the end of the "busy season" caused by spring break. Crowds at the Grand Canyon and in Sedona were pretty...
  25. FYI, the trains are an incredibly popular...

    FYI, the trains are an incredibly popular destination for the snowmobiling crowd; might not be a very peaceful trip depending on the choice of day or how late in the season you might go. Many...
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