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December 14, 2015 - Mainers are eager to get their snowshoes and cross country skis out of the garage and head out on the trails to enjoy winter. It's a time when locals and visitors encounter each other at one of Maine's fabled diners over a long breakfast. It's when people learn a new skill or raise their expertise in woodworking, photography or cooking. This December, it's also a time to think about the upcoming 100th anniversary of Acadia National Park. For writers, editors and bloggers looking for short-lead news, you'll find immediate details underHappening Now. Those in search of longer lead news - such as learning vacations and Acadia's Centennial - scroll down to the Looking Ahead section.
Long a favorite winter activity, snowshoeing is not only a tradition in the Maine woods, but has become one of the Northeast's fastest growing sports. "If you can walk, you can snowshoe" rings true, and when Mother Nature blankets the state with lots of powder, snowshoeing is an easy and inexpensive way to travel quietly in the great outdoors and get some healthy exercise.
While traditional wooden models have given way to high-tech plastic and metal frame snowshoes, the simple mechanics of the sport have remained the same: just strap the snowshoes onto your winter boots and start walking. Whether you'd like to take an easy afternoon snowshoe trek around Pineland Farms or snowshoe to one of the Maine Huts and Trails' locations for a longer stay, you'll find miles of trails to explore and acres of unspoiled wilderness to see. The Appalachian Mountain Club is offering a new hut-to-hut snowshoe for the first time in January. Traveling from Little Lyford Lodge to Gorman Chairback Lodge, this is a weekend excursion with registered Maine guides.
For those who love the aerobic burn that comes from a morning spent on skinny skis, cross-country skiing trails can be found all over the state of Maine. That said, there are unique places with a Nordic heritage where cross country is considered a part of the local culture.
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