Archive for August, 2011

PowerHiking the Maine Coast

August 31, 2011

Co-author Cathleen Peck spent a week exploring the pleasures of summer along the Maine coast – or “down east” as they refer to it. Flew into Bar Harbor (ba-ha-ba), and stayed in a charming vintage resort in Northeast Harbor, the Asticou Inn. This is  a lovingly preserved remnant of the bygone era of America’s Golden Age. It overlooks the harbor and Somes Sound, with yachts and smaller craft bobbing alongside the lobster trap markers. We took a nature boat tour along the coastline and into the Sound, and stopped over on Little Cranberry Island, where they were having a music festival. There is a popular restaurant on Little Cranberry, the Islesford. The crown jewel of the coast is Mt. Desert Island, pronounced “dessert”, the center of Acadia National Park. It is a mecca for bicyclists and hikers, and you can see much of it by car. John Rockefeller and several other wealthy landowners donated thousands of acres of their private land to create the park. There are also some famous gardens in the area; Asticou Gardens is an incredibly beautiful Japanese  garden across from the Asticou Inn. Thuya Garden is a stunning English garden atop a winding forest path. The Rockefeller Garden is also nearby, but is open only one day a week to the general public. This year it was open on Thursdays. After three days in Northeast Harbor, we drove south to Blue Hill,  an artist’s village, with several galleries and boutiques selling high quality works. Then on to Deer Isle, a charming community  where John Olmsted, brother of Frederick Law Olmsted, once lived  on a property surrounded by Maine woodlands and the coast. Then on to Rockland to catch a ferry over to Vinylhaven and North Haven islands. Many East Coast families have summered on these islands for generations. Life revolves around the water and boats. There are hundreds of small islands scattered throughout Penobscot Bay, and they are popular destinations for boating picnics. The food was delicious everywhere. Lobster is abundant and relatively affordable, and fresh blueberries are the summer staple. The weather can be changeable. Even though August is the best month of the year, we still had one very rainy day. Perfect for a down day in front of the fireplace with a book!

PowerHikers in LA! Enjoy the wonderful warm weather with a walk along the beautiful beaches. Follow the path from the palisades in Santa Monica to the marina breakwater. There is sun, lots of boats, great people watching, tourist shops, cafes and beachside food stands along the way – and, of course, the ever entertaining Venice Beach. What a great way to spend the day.

August 30, 2011

August 16, 2011

PowerHiking Paris secon deition

Hello PowerHikers! The second edition of PowerHiking Paris has just arrived and is now available. It has a new look and new cover and has been updated. Order it now at or find it in your favorite book store or shop!

August 16, 2011