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Important Notice

The Maine Legislature has banned the bringing of firewood into Maine.
( Sec. 1. 12 MRSA § 8307)
    Also the practice of transporting firewood for a distance of more than 50 miles from home, even within the state is discouraged.
This is due to the threat of invasive insects that are transported in the firewood.
     Out of respect for the landowner and the north woods, we no longer allow firewood to be brought into camp in order to protect the forest from invasive insects.
     We do have firewood for sale at the office. For more information please click on the link.



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"What's happening in these here parts of Maine"...
February 8, 2015

Snow, snow, snow and yup, more snow!  That has been the norm for the past couple of weeks up here and for most of the state actually.  In fact, many parts of Maine, south and coastal have gotten more of the wonderful white stuff than we have up here.

It has gotten so bad in southern Maine that one of my guests has sold their house and are moving to Florida!  (Thank you just the same I'll take a little snow and cold and the occasional black fly over gators, snakes and hurricanes, just saying!)  Actually I will miss them and wish them all the luck with their move.

I have been hauling snow for the town this winter, it keeps me out of trouble and gets me out of the house every now and then.  I used to plow for the town years ago and more recently I plowed the golden road.  (I much prefer plowing in the woods, but I am getting the hang of plowing in town again, even dodging the shovels that folks throw at me when I plow their driveways back in after they get them all cleaned up.)

A trip to camp was in order yesterday, to pick up stuff that I needed down here for the remaining short days of winter.  The road is plowed in past the camps from the Telos road, at least for another week or so.  They are hauling wood, so during the week is not a good time to go in.  Those trucks take up the entire road, and without lots of speed I cannot get out through the high snow banks to avoid getting squished by them.

I plowed the yard while I was there, just because it will make clean up easier in the spring.  (And one can never get enogh of snow plowing in, it will be gone before you know it!)  I only have a couple of months to finish projects down in town before it is time to head back in to start opening camp!  Where did the winter go?  Time sure flies these days.

The campsites look like they are just about ready for guests, it won't take many warm days to melt off the tables so that folks can sit and enjoy the view once again.  Of course one might want to wear their long handled underwear for a bit longer up this way.

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The mountain had a bit of snow activity going on as I was coming down from the woods.  On the way up it was not even as visible as it was on the way down.

There is less snow at Abol than anywhere else around these parts.  It was bare ground here up until these last few stroms.  You can notice a big difference once you start to gain a bit of elevation up towards camp.

There are not nearly as many snowmobilers around the area as there usually is.  With lots of snow throughout New England they do not have to travel as far as they normally would.  That does make for some nice sledding I reckon, without as many folks on the trails in the area.

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I do think that once we get over this snowy spell that things will be turning around and going the other way fast.  My many years of experience from living in the woods has made me somewhat of an expert you know.  (Now get up off the floor and stop laughing)  Once all of the snow is out of the air it can warm up and start getting hot.  All of the old timers always claimed that was what needed to happen for spring to arrive and things to warm up, so it must be so.

In the meantime I will just enjoy the snow and cold weather.  The other night it was dead calm and the moon was so bright.  I went outside to just marvel at it all and the screeching snow under foot made me think of people traveling around back during the real old days.  The days when foot travel was the normal or only way to get anywhere.

The nights when moon light made it much easier to see where you were going and also perhaps give you a chance to catch a glimpse of what it was that was following you just out of clear eye sight.  A shadow now and then, a branch breaking or snow falling from a tree that was brushed against.

One has to love those cold clear nights for sure!

Off to the next project!  GT