Back in May of 1993, I went through the Maine raft guide training course at Northern Outdoors in The Forks, Maine. It was an odd thing to do for a new mom….my son Craig had been born just 8 months before. Somehow in my Type A mind, I didn’t want motherhood to change me. In hindsight I should have welcomed the change, but back then I was thinking that in my role as the PR person for Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort, I needed to become a Registered Maine Guide. Luckily my husband, mother, and in-laws understood my obsession and supported me by helping take care of Craig. Continue reading
Last Saturday, I was invited to the Open House of the first hut in the new ‘Huts and Trails’ network in my home town of Carrabassett Valley, Maine. I saw many people I knew, including Suzi Hockmeyer and Russell Walters from Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort, John Willard from the Birches Resort in Rockwood, and Vici Robinson of Kingfield. Claudia Diller, who created the beautiful art in the upper right hand corner of this blog page, was there with her partner Tom Hildreth. He owns Carrabassett Coffee. Severin Beliveau, one of Maine’s most influential attorneys, was there. He was on the phone with Governor Baldacci who couldn’t come because he was sick. But the Governor’s son Jack was there, as was Ramona du Houx, a photographer and reporter from the Maine Democrat, who documents the Governor’s day-to-day travels.
I was pleased to have a chance to catch up with an old friend who calls himself “Ski Bum.” Scott Andrews is a journalist who focuses on skiing and the outdoors. He lives in Portland, Maine, and has a blog on mainetoday.com. Scott and I walked and talked for the 2 1/2 mile trek from the hut back to the Carrabassett Valley Town Office. Since we’ve known each other since my early days of doing PR for Sugarloaf, starting in 1984, we had a lot to catch up on!
Scott is an example of a traditional journalist who has kept up with the times by turning to blogging. He recently took a ski trip across country, driving his Subaru and skiing at resorts along the way, and blogged about the whole trip.
I told him I would write about him on my blog and link to his story on www.mainetoday.com, thus today’s post!