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Beware - Frozen Ice May Not Hold You!

Mainers are celebrating the arrival of winter after a very long and warm fall. Until the middle of January, the most snow fell in October. Currently we are enjoying two or three days of the perennial January thaw.

We love ice fishing, ice skating, walking on ice, sailing, and for some Mainers - sledding (snowmobiles) on ice. Brunswick even has a special waterway that is used for car races. However, the ice isn't always safe!

Ice skating on shallow ponds and outdoor rinks is safe early in the season. As long as you are careful not to ruin the surface by skating near 40's, you'll have a fun time. Going on a deep pond, lake, stream and river ice to ice fish, snowmobile, cross-country ski or snowshoe requires that you follow some basic guidelines.

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S'mores and Hot Dogs on New Year's Day

Being outdoors even in your backyard in the winter should be a celebration. Enjoying stick cooking over a small open fire with friends and family is even more fun!

We joined others in cooking the perfect marshmallows (or let the burn begin!) and then making s'mores with warmed chocolate pieces and cooked marshmallows squished between graham cracker squares. Messy, gooey, stickey, and fun!  Members of our group also cooked hotdogs over the small cedar fires, carefully kept low and on wet sandy ground, and then just before finishing the hotdogs, toasting buns using sticks for the ultimate outdoors tube steak.

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Its not too late to take a workshop for Sea Kayaking in Maine

Just a really quick update for everyone. Fall is not the end of the sea kayak season in Maine - once the water is frozen into ice, then we have the end of the season.

Alice's Awesome Adventures is offering two November group workshops. 

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Do you have the skills to find where you are if caught in a fog?

I recently held two one day workshops teaching kayak navigation to some wonderful people with different levles of kayaking skills. One workshop member had been paddling for quite a few years and had never read a chart or plotted a course and one was a first time kayak owner, and everyone else had experiences somewhere between. 

Every member felt that they learned skills that offered them the ability to be more safe when they go paddling in the future. They had a chance to learn how to gauge distances on water and wind speeds, practice using ranges to maintain courses, learning to use a hand-held compass and a kayak compass. 

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Road Biking in Fall is Great in Maine

Don't give up on summer just because we are in the middle of August.  Outdoor activities in the fall in Maine are the best! Fewer bugs, and fewer tourists mid-week to bug you. With the air temperatures moderating why not plan a day trip or a series of them? I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to hibernate. 

Check out the new page in the website offering a number of road bike tours both short and long. I did not create them, but you can print them and customize your trips. Farmer's markets and small farm stands are filling with summer's bounty and a bike tour that includes stops to get fruits and vegetables.

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