Sunday, September 11, 2011

Oxbow Lodge Bear Hunt Day 1

Finally the day has come to start my week long bear hunt in Maine! The weather has been rainy, like everywhere else in New England, with a frost advisory.  This is the 3rd week of the bear season, hopefully it's the best.  The 1st week was very slow but the second week picked up.  So far the lodge is over 50% success rate. 

My friend Serge and I ended up leaving western Mass at 10am and started our 7 hour drive to Oxbow, Maine. We were only a few miles away from Canada to the north and the east.  The back seat of the truck was packed and we had a few coolers in the bed of the truck.  We took the Mass Pike east then eventually got on I-95.  We drove I-95, for what seemed to be days, until reaching Highway 11 in Maine.  That pretty much took us the rest of the way.  I made a mental note of dozens of streams, brooks, and rivers to kayak or fish in the future.  One could paddle for hours and hours and not see another soul, but enjoy everything Maine has to offer.

After driving past Bangor, the only scenery was marsh and trees.  We saw some turkey's on the side of the highway, but the sight of a 5,000lb Dodge Truck going from 70 to 0 to take a photo scared them off.  As we pushed north we kept looking out for any Moose in the marsh areas on the side of the road. Luckily we saw one.  It wasn't where you might have thought it would be.  It was actually out in the open, and at a gas station of all places!  So obviously we had to stop and take a picture.  It cooperated very well by staying still for as long as we saw it.  Who says you can't teach a wild animal tricks!

A little farther north of that, we pulled over at the Mt. Katahdin scenic viewing area. If you don't know, Katahdin is the start or end of the Appalachian Trail (depending which way you hike it).  We got out to stretch our legs and snap some photo's. Such greats views!  

We pulled in a little after 5pm and unpacked.  We carried all the gear up to our room and the lodge had a pig roast at 630pm.  It was soooo gooood.  The meat just fell off the bone.  It's making me hungry just thinking about it.  After dinner we had a little orientation, then headed off for bed. 

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