All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Pamela Perkins and her friend Nicole Grohoski are determined to become the first women to complete the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail from Old Forge, New York, to Fort Kent. You can follow the progess of the team (which also includes Pamela's brother Tommy) at Canoe Trip, Shamu Trip.
Perkins grew up in Ellsworth, attended Ellsworth High School and transferred to the Limestone Community School/Maine School of Science and Mathematics. She graduated from there in 2001. Her love of canoeing began early in life. Perhaps you saw her name on the most recent Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race roster. She and her mother finished second in the C2 women recreational class with a time of 3 hours, 49 minutes, 9 seconds. [Link]
As part of Pamela's senior project at College of the Atlantic, she's maintaining an educational website with Lessons from the River.

The Canoe Trail officially opens on June 3 with ribbon-cuttings at four locations, including Greenville. Its 347-mile path through Maine covers some beautiful terrain:
The section from Errol, New Hampshire to Rangeley, Maine is easier to paddle from Rangeley to Errol. The trail descends steadily from Maine’s interior plateau through big lakes and tumbling rivers. Beyond Rangeley to the east is the Androscoggin-Kennebec divide, the highest point on the trail east of the Adirondacks. After the divide, the trail is easiest southwest to northeast as it works across the plateau and then descends to Fort Kent. Flagstaff Lake and the headwaters of Little Spencer Stream hold some of the finest scenery along the trail, though Moosehead Lake is also outstanding. The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is a spectacular ribbon of lakes, ponds, rivers and streams winding through northern Maine. [Link]
See the NFCT website for pictures of the paddlers, and check out the merchandise in the online store.

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