Daily Archives: January 2, 2011

Upward Bound: Climbing a mountain on skis before descending — also known as randonnee skiing or Alpine touring — gains converts in Maine | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Upward Bound | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.


ALSO known as Alpine touring or back-country skiing, it requires the skier to ascend the mountain by climbing with “skins” on their skis and using a special binding that frees the heel.

SKINS, originally made of animal skins, are affixed to the skis with a sticky substance. The bottom of the skin has fibers that slide forward but hold the ski in place to keep it from sliding downward.

BEFORE the descent, the skins are taken off the skis.



WHERE: Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley

WHEN: 5 p.m. Jan. 16

HOW MUCH: $25 before Jan. 14; $30 the day of the event

LEARN MORE: Go to www.sugarloaf.com/EventsActivities or call 237-6884.


WHERE: Saddleback Mountain, Rangeley

WHEN: 2 p.m. Feb. 12

HOW MUCH: $25 before the event; $35 the day of the race

LEARN MORE: Go to www.saddlebackmaine.com or call 864-5671.

Coffeehouse observation No. 249

Coffee on a rainy morning and watching the Pats. Not a bad way to start a Sunday. I’ve been a Pats fan since I was 8. … And, yes, there was football when I was 8. … I started being a fan just about the time the Pats drafted Jim Plunkett.

Go to Coffeehouse Observer for more coffeehouse observations.

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 9,000 times in 2010. That’s about 22 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 1552 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1693 posts. There were 138 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 21mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 5th with 225 views. The most popular post that day was Women march topless in Portland without incident | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, alphainventions.com, facebook.com, mariaozawa2u.blogspot.com, and tips-tools-tutorials.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for moxie, topless march maine, portland maine topless march, women march topless in portland without incident, and malaga island.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Women march topless in Portland without incident | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram April 2010


Festival celebrates Moxie, Maine’s state beverage | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram July 2010


Topless march draws crowd, cameras, but remains peaceful | Lewiston Sun Journal May 2010


Topless march draws crowd in Maine college town | Bangor Daily News April 2010


Big name concerts coming to Bangor waterfront | Bangor Daily News June 2010