When I take up a new hobby or interest I have to work really hard to stop myself buying tons of new stuff. Bushcraft was a prime example. It’s been a long road but now my habits are very different. Get the lowdown.
When I tell people I’m off on solo wilderness trips, things could go either way. Am I mad? This seems to be the $64,000 question that they don’t ask.
I’m making my solo canoe trip in the green heart of northern Maine, the North Maine Woods. I’m headed for Millimagasset Lake. It’s not a huge lake but at a few miles long by a couple wide it’s a great place for a week or so of fishing, relaxing and generally enjoying myself.
I love to carry a notebook with me when I’m outdoors. It’s so useful to be able to jot down ideas and notes as I find things of interest. These days I usually have an iPhone with me too. Wanting a way to keep these together with a couple of pens or pencils and keep them relatively dry, I knocked up this outdoor notebook & phone pouch while I was faffing about with a few projects on the sewing machine.
Catching up – damn I promised myself I wouldn’t do this again – let’s recap some of this summer’s adventure and shenanigans
The Aroostook River is running high and fast. If we make the 35 miles back to base in a day, today will be the last day on the Aroostook and the end of phase one of our canoe expedition in the Maine North Woods
We’re still in the heart of the Maine North Woods on day five of our Canoe Expedition. Last night we made camp at Munsungan Stream campsite after a hard day’s paddle. We went to bed with clear skies but awake to cold grey skies full of rain. A day like this isn’t the day for canoeing a remote river that’s already seen several of us taking unplanned swims.
When you’re on the trail, efficiency can make the difference between a great trip and a terrible one. Your skill in managing your kit is the first hurdle but is one that’s easily mastered.
We’re camped on Munsungan Lake. Today we leave the lake and head down swollen and fast flowing Munsungan Stream towards the Aroostook river.