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by Pete Kallin
The past week has been hot and humid with some rain. Early in the week we got a brief visit from our granddaughter Maddy, when her parents dropped her off on the way to delivering her older brother to Jazz Camp at UMaine Farmington. While she was here, we spent a lot of time cooling off in the water, including swimming and jumping off the diving platform on my neighbor's swim float. After supper, we got in the boat to check out the new loon chicks in our cove and cruise down to Day's for a visit to Lakeside Scoops for some ice cream.
Afterwards we headed out for bit of crepuscular (twilight) fishing. We took a few casts near the spillway area and then took a "three-sunset trolling cruise." If you troll north along the western shore of Long Pond, you can get three sunsets if you time it right. The sun sets first behind Blueberry Hill, then briefly appears to rise again before setting behind Roundtop Mountain, and then rising and finally setting behind Vienna Mountain. Along the way we caught quite a few small- to medium-size smallmouth bass, none quite worthy of a photo. Finally, she hooked a nice one of about 3 lbs. or so and began to reel it in. As it got closer to the boat, I reached for the net to get ready to help land the fish. Suddenly there was a big splash and Maddy said her fish "jumped up and flopped off." The next day, Maddy went shopping and to a movie with Nana before getting dropped off at home in time to attend a theater event.
The warm rains have kick started the mushroom foraging season and I spent a couple of days searching for edible mushrooms and wild strawberries at various 7-Lakes Alliance properties. I picked some yellow chanterelles on The Mountain and met a lot of people hiking with kids, which always warms my heart. I ran into several relatives of my old friend, Alan Charles, who died last summer. Alan was a stalwart volunteer for both the BRCA and the BLA and I know he would be pleased to see his daughter, Kymberlie, daughter-in-law, Allison, and grandson, Campbell, hiking the Mountain Trail overlooking his old camp. I also met Dan LaFave, who teaches economics at Colby College, out hiking with his daughters, Nora and Maggie, and his dogs, Wrigley and Fenway, named for his favorite baseball parks.
This area offers some great outdoor recreation, whether you like to hike, bike, birdwatch, fish, sail, or paddle a canoe or kayak. Pick up a map of the local trails at Day's Store or from the 7 Lakes Alliance at the Maine Lakes Resource Center. Also, please check the 7-LA Facebook page for details on some interesting events scheduled this summer. Check the website and keep an eye on the sign out front. And make sure you take a kid along on your next outdoor adventure.
Pete Kallin is a past director of the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, which merged with the Maine Lakes Resource Center in December 2017 to form the 7-Lakes Alliance.