Winter is here, at least on the calendar. Most days this winter have been warm by Maine standards with this week bringing the first near normal temperatures. Even with that we still have not had any of the below zero bone chilling cold that sometimes marks January and February.
January 21 is the date that I usually hear the first chickadee song and they did not disappoint this year. I also noted at sunrise today that the sun is now rising further to the north on the horizon. Winter is certainly a long way from over but each day now gets us closer to spring.
The new Lund Alaskan has arrived in Ellsworth and I expect to take delivery in March. I am looking forward to fitting it out with the little things that makes my life easier and experiences more pleasant for you.
The new year also marks my responsibilities being reduced for the Maine Professional Guides Association. I will still be there principal representative on government issues but the day to day responsibility of running the association is being passed to someone else. Initially it takes a considerable amount of time to teach someone else how to make it all work I can already see that I will be freeing a considerable amount of time in the near future.
This winter when we are all still working from home I am using that time to think about what trips to add to those that I offer and what to delete from my list. Argy and I are also doing a lot of hiking in the area driving to places we have never been within an hour or so. Great fun to get out and see all that our part of Maine has to offer. We will be going on a snowmobile adventure next weekend that will add to our winter activities. I am planning to be able to offer more early season trips for pike and trout this year with a little more freedom in my calendar.
I am taking reservations for the busy summer ahead. If you know when you will be in the area it is time to get your Maine Outdoors experience in the calendar. Looking forward to spending time with you on the water in the coming months.