Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument

It’s the time of year where the days start with a bundle of layers and by noon, even your base layer is too warm. It’s called late summer, and we’ve waited all year for it. While, for many, September means back to school and the end of summer, but for us, this month feels like our little secret. The tourists have made their way home and Maine is ours to enjoy. 

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Tumbledown Mountain

Step 1: Pick a trail.

It’s summertime and it has been hot. When thinking about peaks to summit for an overnight getaway, we wanted a trail with great access to water. We hiked to Speck Pond last summer with friends, which was a blast, but for this trip, we wanted to wake up on a peak we never had before. Although we’ve hiked Tumbledown many times, we’ve never spent the night on top.

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Picnic!

There are many great things about being based in Portland, but the access to Maine’s natural beauty is likely our favorite perk. We met the 10AM mail boat at the Casco Bay Lines Ferry terminal and made our way to the front deck of the boat. Many people ride the mail boat for an enjoyable lap around Casco Bay, but, after offloading cargo — everything from postcards to new golf carts — at the islands along the route, we were planning on hopping off on the last stop of the line for our picnic adventure.

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Offset Printing with J. S. McCarthy

We spent 2017 honing in our idea. Deciding what a print publication would look like as we designed alongside Danny Gugger. Seeking out stories and finding contributors to work with. By the time we were ready to send our 1.9 GB Adobe InDesign file to press, we thought our work was done. Shortly after the files uploaded, we got a message from J. S. McCarthy with our press date, asking if we wanted to oversee the operation. We jumped at the opportunity to watch our idea come to life, but little did we know, the craftsmanship of our publication was far from over.

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The Offseason

There is something about living in a place with four seasons that offers both perpetual excitement and longing. As we leave winter, I find myself craving one last snowfall, while at the same time itching a summer sail with a warm breeze. It’s easy to dismiss the merits of mud season, but I find that the change of seasons always bring new life and a new way of enjoying this state we love. Enjoy!

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