Sebasticook Regional Land Trust Presents: Nancy Zane’s Favorite Local Paddles

As I sit and look out the window at the current blizzard (some news outlets report anywhere from 18 -24 inches of snow are possible), it is hard to imagine that the first day of spring is next week. Will I soon be able to put away my skis, and hop into my boat for a brand new season of paddling adventures? The tranquil, and sometime not so tranquil, waters of Maine’s lakes, rivers, and bays await. Where will this … Read More

North Star Adventures Trip Log: Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

As a school teacher, one of the many perks of my job certainly includes February break (I teach Emergency Medical Services at Waldo County Technical School). Sometimes I’m not certain who is more excited for the break–teachers or the students.  The vacation week allows me to enjoy the beauty of the Maine winter, and plan extended visits to some of the more scenic spots our state has to offer. For this winter break, our group’s destination was Katahdin Woods and … Read More

Featured Program: Adventures in Art

I am excited to be working with so many amazing artists. In last week’s blog I talked about gaining strength and inspiration in the natural world. Adventures in Art is a vehicle where you can funnel that inspiration and creative energy into a process or product that will bring you closer to your authentic self. Paddling, hiking, or skiing in the backcountry will put you in touch with muscles you never knew existed (it’s a good thing). It will also … Read More

Why I Chose North Star Adventures

During the North Star Launch Party in January someone asked me why I chose North Star for the name of my program. “The North Star – Polaris, sits almost directly above the North Pole. It is a reliable gauge of North if you find yourself lost on a clear night without a compass. Sometimes we all need to refocus and right our own ship. North Star Adventures is designed to reinvigorate your life, help you chart a new course or … Read More

Featured Program: Adventures in Art with Ben Potter

Join artist Ben Potter and guide Nancy Zane for a late winter exploration of the iconic North Maine woods. We will use snowshoes and skis to explore the mountains, trails, and frozen lakes of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and Baxter State Park. The beauty and stillness of the Maine Woods in winter is simply stunning. The East Branch of the Penobscot River and views of Mount Katahdin will provide a beautiful backdrop for our trek into this wilderness … Read More

Featured Program: Women’s Ski & Snowshoe Weekend

Join North Star Adventures for a winter exploration of our country’s newest National Monument, Katahdin Woods and Waters (KWW), and Maine’s iconic Baxter State Park.  Our weekend begins with a stay in a cozy warm cabin and a community meal. We will use snowshoes and skis to explore the mountains, trails, and frozen lakes of this winter wonderland.The new moon phase should provide an opportunity to gaze upon the awe-inspiring Maine night sky. This trip is designed for both novices … Read More

Launch Party Success

After weeks of planning, preparation, and ,yes, some fretting, North Star Adventures officially set-sail with our Launch Party held on Saturday, January 27.  One of my biggest pre-event worries was, “What if no one shows up?”  Well, I was more than pleasantly surprised by the crowd that packed the cozy confines of the Waterfall Arts Center in Belfast. Unofficial numbers (several people in the audience counted) were around 70!  The standing-room-only crowd certainly exceeded my expectations. After I presented an … Read More

Featured Program: Snowshoeing or Skiing in Acadia National Park

Experience the grandeur of Acadia National Park with North Star Adventures. Acadia is a special place, especially in the winter.  The crowds are gone and you are left with the peaceful stillness of the winter environment. Winter is my favorite season in the park and I am delighted to be able to explore and share Acadia’s majesty. Our day begins at 8:00 AM from the Parkman Mountain trail head.  From that point we have several options.  The Parkman Bald loop … Read More

Embrace the Winter: Ice Skating & Mountain Biking

Last weeks torrential rain storm wiped out any chance of skiing out my back door. Up next ice skating and mountain biking. In Maine I have two choices, I can either embrace the winter or I can sit on my couch in a state of depression counting the days until summer. I choose the latter. A few years ago my husband and I added a couple new toys to our winter repertoire, nordic skates and studded snow tires for our … Read More

Winter Wonder in Baxter

  Ever since I moved to Maine, Baxter State Park has been one of my favorite to places to camp and hike.  The sheer beauty and wilderness setting is unparalleled in New England.  Our family and friends typically visit Baxter in late summer.  Always on my “bucket list” of adventures was a winter excursion to Baxter State Park. A few years ago, the Baxter winter trip became a reality.  Our group included my husband, Gary, and two of our more … Read More

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