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A history of and information about registered Maine Guides and how they can help you to explore the state.
By Tim King
THE 21ST CENTURY MAINE GUIDE – CAPABLE, VERSATILE AND PERSONABLE
When most people think about the type of services that a Guide might provide, the first thing that comes to mind is their ability to lead hunters and fisherman to “secret” spots where the fish are always biting and the game is always abundant.
While many Maine Guides provide these types of services, many Guides are also well qualified and quite content to lead outdoor expeditions where the only shooting is done with a camera and the only rods are found in a bag of pretzels.
Read the entire article and more here: Nature’s Concierge | Green & Healthy Maine | A Visitor’s Guide Summer 2016 via The SunriseGuide
For this article, I interviewed several Registered Maine Guides who described some of the many benefits of exploring the outdoors with the “eyes of someone who knows what both of you are looking at.”
This was a lot of fun to write and I hope it shines new light on the idea that Registered Guides are more than just a great resource for hunting and fishing trips.
Check out the story below and you’ll “see” what I mean.
Green & Healthy Maine. Visitor’s Guide.
Green & Healthy Maine is available for purchase at newsstands throughout Maine and New England. In addition, it can be found at major tourist hubs (including the state-run visitor’s centers in Kittery, Yarmouth, Fryeburg and Hampden, airport, train & bus stations, and the Ocean Gateway ferry terminal); cottage rental agencies; at select restaurants, hotels, and retail stores; and at Chamber visitor centers throughout Maine.
Or, as Henry Thoreau postulated in the 1850’s , “in Wildness is the preservation of the World.” All we can do is try. All it requires is to leave well enough alone.
It is not too late to halt the alarming loss of species and biodiversity threatening the planet.
Henry’s view of the world has always been so clearly aligned with my own, I never realized that their are many others who do not care for him one bit.
What follows below is a recently published essay about Henry from an author who clearly does not share my respect for the man – cantankerous as he might have been. The post also contains a few well written responses from members of the Thoreau Society hoping to provide some clarity, context and a critique of the author’s research shortcomings.
No, Henry is not for everyone. He never intended to be then and wouldn’t want to be now. As famously stated in Apple’s ‘Think Different’ campaign, it’s is the ’round pegs in the square holes, the rebels, the outcasts, that change the world.”
Henry’s existence in Concord during the mid 1800’s likely caused little more than a ripple on the fabric of the community at the time. However, there is no question that the thoughts he captured on paper have certainly changed our world today – if only by inspiring one or another of us to walk more confidently in the direction of our dreams.
Like the odd-tasting soda I mentioned in my headline, Henry is peculiar. While everyone around him was looking up to the heavens for guidance and inspiration, Henry focused his attention downward on what ‘is’ all around us rather than what we imagine or what we are told to ‘believe’ to be true.
Trouble is, when people focus on what’s inside, and all around them, they often don’t like what they see. I guess that’s why some people are left with a bad taste in their mouth trying to abide by Henry’s train of thought. Reality can quite often be a very tough pill to swallow.
Why Thoreau Matters – The Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com/notes/all/2015/10/why-thoreau-matters/412801/#note-412819 (Share from CM Browser)
“…books stimulate conversation. Conversation stimulates a sense of community. Listening happens. Thinking. The exchange of thoughts.” Reading became a galvanizing force rather than a solitary chore.” – Heidi Pitlor
You can read more of Pitlor’s Huffinton Post article here:
Sadly, the tendency for us over share and sensationalize instead of taking the time rationalize is nothing new.
In a journal entry from August, 1851, Henry Thoreau wrote, “how vain it is to sit down to write without first having stood up to live.”
To this idea, let me paraphrase – how vain it is to sit down to write, without first sitting down to read – and learn what great writing can be.
You can find many of my ‘favorite’ Thoreau quotes listed here as well or on hundreds of other sites on the Web…but the list in and of itself is an example of exactly what I am talking about. (And what I believe Ms. Pitlor is saying as well.)
Now, of course Henry didn’t spend his time at Walden thinking up lists and catchy one-liners. In fact, he probably spent much more time reading (and sauntering about) than he did writing.
Each of these now famous quotes was taken from a much larger work – and often a larger idea – that was captured by Thoreau’s pencil after many hours of study, activity and contemplation. The fact that these few words can stand on their own and still be so powerful and completely understood is testament to his genius and vision.
Thoreau did not write because he seeked fame or notoriety. He certainly didn’t write to have bumper stickers, coffee mugs and t shirts printed with his ‘best’ lines…but I do understand that conservation takes money and visibility. Que Sera Sera.
He wrote in response to what he read, experienced and then considered to be true – in that order!
Unfortunately today, many writers do just the opposite.
Instead, for those of us with the penchant for expressing ourselves through the written word, I offer this sage advice about how move the craft forward instead of simply adding to the noise “learn it, know it, live it.”
Thoreau and Walden Pond re-imagined in 'Walden, revisited' exhibition at deCordova Museum – Artwire Press Release from ArtfixDaily.com
This sounds fantastic. It would be great to see Walden’s influence on current expressions of art. I wouldn’t think Henry would understand what all the fuss was about, but I’m sure he would appreciate the efforts of these talented artists….certainly better than doing “real work” and leading a life of “quiet desperation.”
My 15 yr old will likely never hear a fax squeal. My 10 yr old may never hear a VHS tape rewinding.
Neither one recognizes the noise of a telephone calls busy signal. They could never guess the origin of the clickety clack sounds that come from of a typewriter or a record player. Likewise, I know that I could not identify the crank of a Model T or the sloshing of a butter churn. Could you?
What other sounds have completely vanished from our world these last 10, 15, 25 or 100 years? Yet, others remain. Unchanged.
Still, always, and from the very beginning, the wind howls, streams gurgle, birds call, insects buzz and waves crash on the shore.
This, I think, should serve as a good barometer of what is worthy of our attention, right now. Eventually, all of the electronic beeps, rings, hums and strums that interrupt our thoughts and actions today will also disappear.
Just as the clatter of telegraph machines has been silenced forever, our tweets, pings and pokes one day will disappear too. What then?
Still, always, as before and (with luck) evermore, the wind will whistle and howl, water will rush towards the sea and leaves will rustle gently in the breeze.
HDT once said that “In wildness is the preservation of the world.”
Today, he might very well amend this famous line to also include the words “…and our sanity.”
So. What are you listening for?