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It’s nearly the end of the school year and there’s not a parent alive who is not busy. There are school events, barbecues and birthday parties, summer schedules to figure out, and so much more. With all of this to juggle, it’s no wonder Father’s Day seems to sneak up on us. It’s a good thing we have so many great resources in Maine to make gift giving a little easier. Here are a few ideas for all of the fantastic fathers out there:

1. Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont
by Ethan Hipple & Yemaya St. Clair

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Our family loves discovering new hiking trails in New England. The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) book, “Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont” features 75 of the best family hiking, camping, and paddling trips in our region. There are some familiar trails highlighted, including favorites like Mackworth Island, Bradbury Mountain, and Gilsland Farm, but there are dozens more—both in coastal and inland Maine—that we have yet to explore. MP also loves that there is a quick, at-a-glance guide that gives parents an idea of what to expect, including trail difficulty, whether or not you can bring dogs, park fees and more handy information.

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Last weekend, the team said good-bye to summer in true, Cute Potato fashion. We camped at Recompense, visited Toots Ice Cream (twice), hiked Bradbury Mountain, and cheered the Portland Sea Dogs with friends. One of our favorite outings was a visit to The Scarborough Marsh Audubon. Families with kids 4-up can rent canoes by the hour and explore the marsh (life jackets are available, too). CP#2 loved being in the canoe. He paddled for a few minutes, and then left the steering to Mom. We both had fun spotting sandpipers on shore. (more…)

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Congratulations to Karen Nadeau! She’s won a month-long, family membership to Peek-a-Boo Center in Westbrook. Karen says her team enjoys hiking throughout the state during the summer:

We get out and hike, hike, hike! We frequent Bradbury Mountain, Acadia National Park, Fuller Farm Sanctuary in Scarborough, Mt. Agamenticus, and lots of other places. It is always nice to get out and exercise with the family, while teaching them to love and respect nature! We love the outdoors… and Peek-a-boo too, of course.

The Waterfall Trail at Fuller Farm Sanctuary in Scarborough.

To find family-friendly hiking trails near you, visit Maine Parks & Lands or the Maine Land Trust Network, which offers a complete list of Land Trusts by county.

Happy summer hiking, everyone!

Note to readers: Peek-a-Boo play center closed in June 2014.

 

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