Daily Archives: December 29, 2009

Volunteer opportunities maintaining Appalachian Trail in Maine

I spotted on GreenBiz.com a request for volunteers to work on the Appalachian Trail this summer and wanted to pass it along to my Maine friends and to those who might be looking for a volunteer vacation.

Everything I’ve read about the Appalachian Trail – and that hasn’t been nearly enough – indicated that the Appalachian Trail that runs through Maine some of the roughest of the rough hiking trail. The Appalachian Trail goes from Maine to Georgia.

If I was living nearby or had the opportunity to take a volunteer vacation, I certainly would consider it.

Here is the ad asking for volunteers.

Appalachian Trail volunteers  

Maine Appalachian Trail Club, Garland, ME (various trail locations)  

An Exceptional Volunteer Opportunity

Join the Maine Trail Crew and work on Maine’s Appalachian Trail. Help preserve this precious and wild resource for future generations of hikers. An Enthusiastic staff awaits your arrival and is looking forward to building trail with you.

Work, hike and live in some of the wildest places left in the Eastern U.S. Projects focus on rebuilding and restoring heavily impacted sections of the Appalachian Trail. Crews utilize Griphoist® rigging equipment, rock drills and hand tools to build stone steps, waterbars and retaining walls to repair the Appalachian Trail.

Persons of age 18 or older – of all backgrounds – are welcome. Enthusiasm, good health, energy and adaptability are vital. Willingness to follow instructions, comply with safety rules, and share camp chores is essential. Experience helps, but we teach trail skills here.

Benefits:

  • Transportation to and from Bangor International Airport
  • Tents and packs are provided if needed
  • All meals are provided, including off time between work sessions
  • Make new friends
  • Learn new trail skills
  • Lots of hiking on the AT
  • Build works in stone to last for the ages
  • Stay in mountain-side campsites
  • See Maine moose and hear the loons
  • Recreational trips to the mountains, ocean and lakes
  • Receive a Maine Trail Crew t-shirt
  • Feel great about what you have done for the AT.

Time Frame: One- to six-week sessions, June 26 to Aug. 18, 2010

You can apply for the opportunity by clicking on the link to the GreenBiz.com ad or going to the Maine Appalachian Trial Club website.

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7,400 remain without power – Bangor Daily News

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Portland Jetport and lingering impacts of 9/11 attacks

Here’s a link to a Portland Press Herald story about how travellers made out upon returning from holiday travel amid stepped up security.

Jetport handles flood of calls, but no problems | Portland Press Herald.

One thing to remember in the post-Sept. 11, 2001, world is that a couple of the terrorists that day started out their day flying from the Portland International Jetport. Here is a link from a SFGate.com story on the pair.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2001/10/05/MN210411.DTL&type=printable