Welcome to Spring Whitewater Rafting! Spring is the perfect time to hit the rivers and raft some rapids, even if (or especially if) you've never been whitewater rafting before. The whole world is blooming and bursting with new growth--the flowers, foliage, and, yes, the rapids. After winter, the rivers are flowing strong and playful,...

The best Maine fall foliage tours include views from the river! When most people think of fall foliage and "leaf peeping" (the official term for seeking out fall's spectacular color shift), they may think "Vermont." Not to begrudge Vermont its leaves and quaint beauty, but we Mainers want to let people know...

[caption id="attachment_901685" align="aligncenter" width="600"] North Woods Cabins at Northern Outdoors, behind the lodge.[/caption] We love it when families come for an adventure getaway with here in Maine and enjoy active and chill time together, weaving deeper connections and lifelong memories.  The homeschooling mom and author of Life With 4 Boys brought a few...

The Many Types of Glamping: Hint, You Don't Need Fine Stemware In case you haven't heard of this delightful portmanteau, it's the ingenious combination of "glamorous" + "camping." There's even a website dedicated to glamping and it's earned its own entry on dictionary.com:  a form of camping in which participants enjoy physical...

Water--The Best Medicine You Can Take, and Its Wicked Fun, Too! Ever notice how a nice hot bath makes everything just a little bit better? How about the pleasant lassitude after a swim in a lake or pool? I've always felt water to be relaxing--from the sounds of the ocean and rushing...

Science Says, "Adventure  = Happiness" [caption id="attachment_901483" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Hiking in Maine's Bigelow Range[/caption] Don't you just love it when science validates a feeling you've always had? How about when it says, "You were so right about the way you live your life!"? A recent article in Fast Company just gave me that unusual...

Abandoned Eagle Lake Trains [caption id="attachment_901358" align="alignright" width="300"] These trains are waiting for snowmobilers to visit them! Photo courtesy of Kevin Brown from Bangor Daily News.[/caption] Some things never change--when I was a kid, I loved trains. Standing by the tracks and watching them go by, putting a penny on the tracks,...

Professional snowmobile trail grooming: a night in the life!  Eight hours a night, close to 120 miles of trail, meet the man behind the machine that helps maintain The Forks Area Trail Network - our snowmobile trail system here in The Forks, Maine. ...

The Quebec Winter Carnival is Jan 30th - Feb 15th. Whether you say "Carnaval de Québec" or "Québec Winter Carnival," you're in for a rollicking great time at the world's largest winter carnival.  For the past 60 years, Québec has hosted three weekends of winter-related activities, including ice sculpture competitions, snowshoeing competitions,...

[caption id="attachment_901026" align="alignright" width="300"] Gorgeous Fall Colors on the drive to Northern Outdoors in The Forks, Maine[/caption] When the air starts turning crisp, I know I'm in for some spectacular colors in New England. The first time I saw fall in New England, my eyes were practically hurting from the vivid...

When I first heard the word "unplugged," it was in reference to MTV Unplugged, a TV series showcasing popular musicians usually playing acoustic instruments. Today, I use it every time I unplug myself from my laptop, smartphone and other electronic devices. The first time I did it, I was so worried I...