Sunset in the Land of Smiles and Honey

WE TOOK THE 12:30 longboat on a blisteringly hot afternoon to Koh Yao Noi off the eastern coast of Phuket. Our bags sat haphazardly among the cargo in the hold with the other passengers—island locals, an international school group, a spattering of backpackers. They sat two-by-two on worn…

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(I went far too deep with) Maine's Whoopie Pie

THE STREETS OF Dover-Foxcroft, that of Piscataquis County and that itself of Maine, are packed with people. A colorful human theatre fills East Main Street here, an undulating mass moving and swaying in response to some tidal-like force. Somewhere, a band launches into song—all swirling synths, buzzing guitars, and…

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An Obligatory Story About Katahdin; a Beer Run; the Summit at Dawn.

Thousands of people hike Mount Katahdin in Maine each year, so much so that Baxter State Park—of which Katahdin is included—throttles admission to it in an attempt to keep it pristine. If you’re from Maine, Katahdin represents a nadir, a rite of passage, a reason to stretch…

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Muddled Meanderings: How books about outhouses changed my life

Every Sunday when I was a kid, my mother would drag me to Enfield, Maine to visit with my great-grandmother. Enfield is probably the most boring place in the world for a preteen—isolated, sleepy, heavily wooded but with no real discernible features. Barely even a television set. At a…

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Deboullie Public Reserved Land, Maine

I followed the moose in my truck for about ten minutes. I had seen a doe about five miles back, and she had ducked into the woods pretty quickly when my truck came around the corner. Not so with the moose—it stood there staring at me for a good…

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Schoodic Beach, Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land

With my wife in China and my oldest daughter staying at a friend’s camp at Duck Pond, I found myself with a (mostly) empty house. I took it as an opportunity to bring my youngest daughter camping. The forecast wasn’t great. It looked to be overcast and drizzly…

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