Category Archives: canoeing

Lobster Lake canoe trip – Part 3/final

The sunrise this third day indicated a possibly clear day. By six am I had the first two of our six pots of coffee happily bubbling away.  Nearby a family of ducks were frantically nabbing what I assume were tiny … Continue reading

Posted in Camping, canoeing, Maine, Outdoors | 3 Comments

Lobster Lake canoe trip – Part 2

We awoke to rain and an initial tent exit strategy that required me to somehow clear out a hunkering carpet of hundreds of mosquitoes poised against the front screen who were intent on getting into our tent. I was first … Continue reading

Posted in Camping, canoeing, Maine, Outdoors | 2 Comments

Lobster Lake canoe trip – Part 1

Four brave men explore the depths of the Maine’s Great North Woods, or at least a small mosquito-infested clump of it. Who needs weekends?  It has taken me almost 7 years of retirement to realize that I can schedule excursions … Continue reading

Posted in Camping, canoeing, Maine, Outdoors | 7 Comments

DIY Tyvek Stuff Sack

Every once in while, I stumble onto a neat idea related to backpacking.  This one is a hoot.  Make a stuff sack out of USPO mailing envelope. Full instructions from the blogsite :  http://pig-monkey.com/2009/06/22/diy-tyvek-stuff-sack/ Try it, it’s fun to make … Continue reading

Posted in Backpacking, Camping, canoeing, Imported Posts | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Canoe camping with a new woodburing backpacking stove

I was supposed to be up to Lobster Lake today, starting a three day canoe trip, but it got postponed. We’ve moved it to next week. We could not deal with this record rain, it has not stopped. Should be … Continue reading

Posted in Backpacking, Camping, canoeing, Outdoors | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Allagash Wilderness Waterway – Final day/8

I woke up with a startle after I remembered that it was my 37th wedding anniversary and that I had just spent the night in a tent with Mike Gundel instead of my wife Marcia.  Or was it tomorrow? We … Continue reading

Posted in Camping, canoeing, Maine, Outdoors | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

Allagash Wilderness Waterway – Day 7/8

It is 26 degrees at 5:30 AM.  Water that was left out was frozen, with white frost riming our gear that was out. Today we traveled with Gus and Beck.  We somehow, without speaking directly, coordinated our departures so that … Continue reading

Posted in Camping, canoeing, Maine, Outdoors | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Allagash Wilderness Waterway- Day 6/8

Mike and I awoke to below freezing temperatures. All of the gear that was left out was covered with frost.  I had ice in my Tiki-Man water bottle, so it got down to the mid-20’s.  The sky was dark when … Continue reading

Posted in Camping, canoeing, Maine, Outdoors | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Allagash Wilderness Waterway – Day 5/8

The Russians are history. This morning we were approached by a Ranger in a motorboat headed south.  He was headed to the bridge at the end of Umsaskis to intercept the flotilla, which has been merrily violating a expanding list … Continue reading

Posted in Camping, canoeing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Allagash Wilderness Waterway- Day 3/8

Our only hope to get off this Island was to start early, and try and cross back to  the western side of Eagle lake and move ahead.  We packed everything we could the night before, grabbed a bar and a … Continue reading

Posted in Camping, canoeing, Maine, Outdoors | Tagged , , | 1 Comment