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Blog :: 01-2014

Cross-Country Skiing on Lake Kezar Country Club

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IMG_1234I took a late afternoon break today and went cross-country skiing at the Lake Kezar Country Club. There are three levels of trails that cross over the fairways, past the greens and through the woods (where I usually find my golf balls).

IMG_1225There were one or two icy spots in a shady section but overall the trails are nicely groomed and easy to maneuver (I didn't fall--which is a rare occurrence). Now that the days are getting longer, it might be easier to sneak away for a quick tour on the way home from work or on Saturday or Sunday. Hopefully, more people will take advantage of this wonderful winter resource. Thanks to Brad Littlefield of the Lake Kezar Country Club and Meg Dyer of the Lovell Recreation Department for their efforts on making the trails available.



  1. Wil on

    Stan, I envy you. We have the cold weather down here, but not enough snow to ski. We hope you and Rondi are enjoying the Maine winter. See you in August. Wil
    • Stanley Tupaj on

      Hi Wil, Even though it has been cold, the sunny days make it very pleasant to go outside and be active! In terms of weather, August seems so far away!

      2014 Mushers Bowl

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      Mushers BowlFor football fans, the two weeks between the Conference Championship games and the Super Bowl is an awful long time. For the first time since September, there are no weekend football games to watch. And many Patriot fans just might say the heck with the Super Bowl. So, what does one do with all of the free time?...

      This Saturday and Sunday, January 25th & 26th, the Down East Sled Dog Club presents The Mushers Bowl, where you will find competitive Sled Dog Racing and Skijoring Races at Bridgton's Five Field Apple Orchards. This five-mile course is considered the most technically challenging sled dog course in the Northeast but its design also makes it very spectator-friendly.

      Admission to the Mushers Bowl is only $5 for both days (parking included). Children five and under are free. Races start at 10 am each day. The South Bridgton Congregational Church hosts a warming hut where soups and baked goods will be sold.

      Click on the links below for more information: The Bridgton News, January 9, 2014 Story The Bridgton News, December 27, 2013 Story

      Photo Courtesy of Down East Sled Dog Club's web site.

      AMC's 2014 International Dinner Schedule

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      I'm often asked what does one do in the middle of a cold, long winter in rural western Maine. You sometimes get the feeling that people believe everything shuts down until ice-out on the lake.

      Here is one way to enjoy a winter evening with good food and information about exotic places. The Appalachian Mountain Club has kicked off the 2014 International Dinner and Adventure Series. This is the 24th year of Wednesday night dinners where the Pinkham Notch chefs craft a unique four-course menu related to that evening's country. The meal is followed by a presentation, with photos, detailing a visit to a far-away country. Diners are invited to BYOB!

      Dinners are $23 for AMC members and $28 for non-members. The programs are free and open to the public.

      Here is a special AMC International Dinner vacation package which includes:

      • The four-course dinner
      • The evening presentation
      • An overnight room
      • Morning breakfast
      • A Thursday Skiing or Tubing package at Great Glen Trails!
      • All for $49. Call 603-466-2727 Monday-Saturday between 9 & 5 and mention the International Dinner Series Special.

      Click here for the complete schedule and menusAMC Flyer Front AMCFlyerRear


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      I would bet that if you were to ask most people from away, what they think of when you mention Maine, L.L.Bean would be right up there with lobsters, mountains and lighthouses. I am not a big customer of L.L.Bean but about once a year or so we find ourselves in Freeport where the flagship store is located.

      L.L.Bean is known for hunting boots, clothing and outdoor equipment. The company is also famous for its liberal return policy where it guarantees 100% customer satisfaction. Until recently, I never paid much attention to it nor did I ever have a need to test it.

      About three years ago I purchased a pair of Gore-Tex hiking shoes which proved to be comfortable and durable. However, over the past month or so, the Vibram sole began tearing away from the shoe. A few days ago we visited Freeport and I brought my hiking shoes. It was my intention to buy a new pair outright but showed my old shoes to the clerk and he said that I needed to bring them to Customer Service. The line was long but the wait was short and to my amazement the clerk behind the counter looked at the shoes, never asked any questions and arranged for a clean swap! The store did not have my size in stock so they delivered, without cost, the shoes to Lovell.

      In this world where most establishments have abandoned any pretense of customer service, I must say that I was quite impressed leaving the store. One of the many reasons why L.L.Bean continues to grow!


      1. Bob Patterson on

        Stan- I have had the same experience on the few occasions I needed to make a return. When visiting the store, it amazes me how consistently friendly and helpful the staff is, and that is another plus for L. L. Bean.
        • Jim Rowe on

          Went there as a kid over 60 years ago. Amazing company!