June 29, 2013

Josh Christie: State's rife with outdoor activities to suit every interest

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A number of zip line parks have opened here in recent years, spanning from huge fabricated courses in southern Maine to lines that take riders over the rivers and through the woods of Maine's western mountains.

Courses in Windham, Saco and Wiscasset mix zip lines with swinging beams, cargo nets, ladders and other aerial obstacles. The courses run between $35 and $50 for a few hours of entertainment.

Suggested trip: Monkey C Monkey Do, 698 Bath Road, Wiscasset. 882-6861.

BIRDING. Given Maine's location (we're precisely halfway between the North Pole and the equator) and the diverse ecology of its coast and interior, it is no surprise that the state is home to more than 330 bird species, from temporary migrants to year-round residents. It's always a delight to randomly spot a bird on the trail, but there's more fun to be had in dedicated birding.

The best point of ingress is the Maine Office of Tourism's "Maine Birding Trail" pamphlet. The guide (available for free at visitmaine.com) lists the best places around the state to spot birds, along with travel tips, the "Code of Birding Ethics" and a Maine birds checklist. With locations from Fort Foster to Aroostook State Park, the guide offers a great excuse to explore the entirety of Maine.

If you're particularly eagle eyed, you can even spot a few species while surfing, disc golfing or riding a zip line!

Suggested trip: Gilsland Farm Audubon Center. 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth. 781-2330.

Josh Christie is a freelance writer and lifetime outdoors enthusiast. He shares column space in Outdoors with his father, John Christie. Josh can be reached at:



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