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Door In Dark Water gives you an inspiring and frightening experience

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I was right out there in the open ocean, feeling the powerful wind, worried about the approaching storm, hauling in tons of fish, exhausted after being at sea for 36 hours without sleep.

P.D. Callahan’s book, Door In Dark Water, is a well-written account of his years of commercial fishing, and I was most impressed with the way he puts the reader right on the boat with him. I thought I knew what that experience is like, until I read this book.

Here’s how he got hooked.

“Now, here is the greatest moment in this drama… It is experiencing a wildness that is both a heart-rending moment and a peak instant of excitement all at once.

“As you pull (the mackerel) explode in front of you all at once, four or five thousand leaping bodies in a loud splashing, water flying high enough to rain back down. You are standing in a heavy downpour of seawater and tiny mackerel scales. We know we have them. But it is so loud, you have to shout over the cacophony.

Marsden Hartley’s art is inspiring and you can see it at Colby College for free!

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 Marsden Hartley’s art – much of it depicting Maine’s beautiful outdoors – has always been a favorite of mine. And now, until November 12, you can see much of it for free at Colby College’s art museum.

Linda and I recently enjoyed a guided tour of the Hartley exhibit at Colby, led by Maine artist Evelyn Dunphy and sponsored by Friends of Baxter State Park. I kept thinking, as we enjoyed Hartley’s art, that the tour was a new trail through Baxter Park – and a stunning tour too.

Evelyn was a superb guide, giving us lots of information about Hartley and his art. She will lead another tour on October 18.

Evelyn’s art is stunning too, and you can access it here. And please check out the website of Friends of Baxter State Park. If you enjoy the park, you should be a member of the Friends group. Check out their exciting raffle now going on. You could win some amazing trips.

Look out bears! Hunting season starts tomorrow!

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After Saturday’s youth-only day, the hunting season on bears starts tomorrow (August 28). Between 10,000 and 12,000 hunters are expected to get out after bears this year,  the smallest group of all those seeking game animals. For example, 16,000 hunt turkeys.

Of course, bear hunting is a major commitment, and much of it is done with guides, making the bear hunt a very important one for that segment of our outdoor economy. Many bear hunters also stay in Maine sporting camps.

DIF&W issued a very informative press release about this year’s bear hunt, and I want to share that with you today. Here it is.

DIFW Press Release

Dine now at the wonderful Miller's Table

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Skowhegan
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 Linda

          We fell in love with the Pick Up Cafe in Skowhegan a few years ago. We watched as they expanded their seating by adding a beautiful pergola and patio on the front of the restaurant. The café closed a while back, and Adam and Rosa are now running Rosa’s catering business and also working at the Blessed Maine Herb Farm - her mom’s business.

A complete list of new laws and law changes governing our outdoor activities.

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 Starting on August 21, I'm publishing on the Bangor Daily News website, six days in a row, outdoor news columns about all the new laws and law changes enacted by this year's legislature.

It's a lot of work to post those here, so let me direct you to the Bangor Daily News website. In the Outdoor section, you will find George's Outdoor News, with these columns.

Higgins Beach Inn is historic - and a great place to stay and to eat

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Scarborough
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 George

            Scarborough’s historic Higgins Beach Inn has been completely renovated by the Migis Hotel Group, and they did a superb job of maintaining the historic structure’s key elements while adding lots of modern conveniences.

            The three-story colonial revival structure dates back to 1897, and was very rundown when Migis purchased it. I am so glad they saw the value in this place, just a five minute walk from Scarborough’s surprisingly uncrowded beach. It’s also just a short ride from one of our favorite walks along the ocean at Prouts Neck, where the Migis Group also has the wonderful Black Point Inn, which we wrote about last year.

Great job saving Quoddy Bay!

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 My family heritage lies in Lubec and Campobello, on Quoddy Bay. It's the most beautiful place in Maine. So I am pleased to share this news, and a special request, from the Natural Resources Council of Maine, along with this stunning photo of a sunrise over Campobello.

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