Friday, April 25, 2014
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I'll be headed that way in the next couple of weeks to enjoy an oft-postponed 6-mile paddle on a stream that flows for much of its length through a broad, treeless valley, and is at least 100 feet across for much of its length.
Characteristic pointed firs found in such abundance in the northern boreal forest stand like sentinels along the way, interspersed with birches, aspen and red maples that I expect will have started to turn on my upcoming trip.
Later this fall, a short but inviting kayak trip will put me on a pond that is very familiar to me, but into which I've never dipped a paddle. Gilman Pond, just a short distance from a farm I once owned in New Portland, is the perfect place to launch for a 6-mile round trip from the pond itself down Gilman Stream to the bridge where Route 16 crosses in North New Portland.
Although there's no public and official launch site on the pond, I'm told you can put in at the now-defunct Gilman Pond Campground near the south end reachable via the Gilman Pond Road that leads from Route 16 only about a mile from North New Portland on the way to Kingfield.
So, I don't know about you, but the next couple of months are shaping up for me to be some of the most fun I've had in the great Maine outdoors all summer.
John Christie is an author and year-round Maine explorer. He and his son, Josh, write in Outdoors about places to enjoy beauty only Maine has to offer. He can be contacted at: