As the temperatures inch closer to respectable springtime weather, my wanderlust gets stronger and stronger. I am more eager than ever to get outside and explore. This year, my wandering will include a lot of trail hiking in the Carrabassett Valley area, where my husband Brian and I are still working on the finishing touches of our camp renovation. Think “Cabin Masters” in super-slow motion! The “valley” offers so much in the way of outdoor recreation, including hundreds of miles of mountain biking trails, which are extremely well maintained by the Carrabassett chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association. For info, visit the website at carrabassettnemba.org. If mountain biking isn’t your thing, you can find plenty of trails to walk/hike, loads of swimming holes, fishing, boating and golfing. It is a great place to explore in the spring, summer and fall.
In addition to traipsing around the valley, we’ve got a few trips planned in the “Love Shack,” our converted camper-van. We’ll make our fourth trek to Mountain Jam, the three-day music festival that happens every June on Hunter Mountain in upstate NY (mountainjam.com). Though the lineup is not our favorite, we know we will have a blast. This year, we’re adding a couple of days ahead of the festival to see Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams in Boston and Dave Matthews Band in New Hampshire before we settle in on the mountain. Later in the summer, we are going on a big adventure, traveling down to central Virginia to check out the Lockn Festival (locknfestival.com). Going somewhere completely different and finding all sorts of great things along the way is the best part of a great adventure.
This issue of Maine Women Magazine is loaded with ideas for getting out and exploring this summer. Whether you like the “five ticket ride” sort of adventure or prefer the lazy river version, you’ll find several options for fun things to do and see. This is also our annual Maine YogaFest issue, and you will find all the details of this annual event, along with some great features, on pages 34–38. We are a very proud partner with Maine Yoga Fest, which happens this year from June 29 to July 1. We would love to hear from you and see your photos if you happen to go this year.
Also in this issue, you will meet a couple of really adventurous women. Janet Littlefield, founder of Go! Malawi, teaches young Malawians—especially girls—to believe in themselves. Read more about her travels and experience on page 16. Georgette Kanach has been a nature artist since childhood, a Master Maine Guide for 35 years and an employee at L.L. Bean for 13 years, now in its gun department and Outdoor Discovery School, teaching shotgun shooting, archery and hunter safety. Read her story on page 24. Both of these women are uniquely following their hearts into the wilds of the Maine outdoors and in a country on the other side of the world.
I hope you find many ideas to explore this summer in this issue of MWM. Let us know what you think. We look forward to hearing from you.