Take a fun ride down Route One

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 Subtitled “A quirky road trip from Maine to Connecticut,” Dan Tobyne’s book Route 1 – New England, isn’t what I would call quirky. I call it lots of fun!

Tobyne is a photographer and writer from South Hamilton, Massachusetts, who had the great idea of traveling the length of Route 1 in New England, taking pictures and writing about the places he visited.

And I have to say, as a travel writer myself, he did discover a lot of my favorite places along the way in Maine. I have traveled a lot of Route One myself from Fort Kent, Maine to Key West, Florida, and it is an adventure for sure.

Final column takes us back to a favorite place

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         For our very last Travelin’ Maine(rs) column, we decided to return to Rockland, with its wonderful art galleries and shops, nice inns, and great restaurants. It’s been a favorite destination of ours for the entire seven years we’ve written this column.

           We spent two days enjoying the city, and stayed at the LimeRock Inn, which is one of our very favorite places in Maine.

Fascinating stories and stunning photos of species hundreds of millions of years old

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 Kimberly Ridley’s book, Extreme Survivors, Animals That Time Forgot, published in November by Tilbury House Publishers, is fascinating, full of stunning photos and stories about species that have somehow survived for hundreds of millions of years. I’ve poured through the book three times so far, captivated by the photos.

Did you know that some dinosaurs became birds?

I certainly wish I’d caught a Lungfish, considering that species has been on earth for 300 million years! Perhaps I should have been fishing with a velvet worm, which has been around for 500 million years. Of course Lungfish can survive for more than three years without eating, so catching them on a baited hook would be pretty darn difficult.

And I thought humans were an old species, but we’re fairly new, having been here for only 200,000 years.

Legislature tackles moose permit and comprehensive license issues

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The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee will work on three pieces of legislation on January 4. The work session starts at 1 PM in room 206 of the Cross Building.

LD 768, An Act to Establish Comprehensive Hunting and Hunting/Fishing Licenses, was sponsored by Representative Gary Hilliard at my request. At the end of this column I’ll give you the testimony that I presented when a public hearing on the bill was held last year.

 LD 630, An Act to Expand Opportunities for Most Permit Winners to Swap Their Permits, also sponsored by Rep. Hilliard, got a lot of discussion last year but the committee couldn’t come to agreement on the issue. The bill repeals the prohibition on including money in the swap of most moose permits. It also requires DIF W to establish an online transfer system for most permits through which transfers of designated hunting areas, zones or seasons may be accomplished.

Hope you can attend my book talk on January 9 at the Bangor Library

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I’m scheduled for a book talk at the Bangor library on January 9 at 6:30 pm, and I’m hoping you can join us for that event.

Boatyard Dogs by Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine

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 There is a lot of bow wow in the book Boatyard Dogs. These entertaining and engaging stories were originally published in Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine.

This book, published by Down East Books, with an introduction by John Hanson, who founded Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors in 1987, will entertain both dog lovers and all others.

As Hanson notes in the introduction, “All dogs can be wonderful, but not all dogs can be Boatyard Dogs.” Hanson gets us started with a story about Fagin, his own boatyard dog which came to him as a puppy when he worked at the Henry Hinckley Company in Southwest Harbor. Hanson’s story of Fagin’s first trip on a yacht is very funny. The dog tried to jump from the deck into a yacht and missed, landing in the water and yowling loudly for help.

Nightwalk by Karen Zimmermann

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 I thought I was using all my senses to explore the natural world, but boy was I wrong.

Karen Zimmermann’s book, Nightwalk, opened my eyes and my other senses to the natural world where I spend so much of my time. Karen’s book is unusual and fascinating. It was originally produced for the Maine Master Naturalist Program which she thanked for giving her the opportunity to learn from top-notch instructors and to share the joy of discovery with an inspiring group of like-minded aspiring naturalists.

And I must thank her now for sharing all this information with us. Nightwalk tells us a lot about how wild critters from bears to bats and mosquitoes to Luna moths, use their senses to find food and shelter.

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