Showing Off My Backyard…

 Holy crap.

I just had the best back to back weekends ever!!

First, I got to hang out with these guys at Mont Tremblant:

I stole this picture.

THEN I got to hang out with Matt, Heather, and Jason in CARATUNK!

I was pretty excited to get 3 more bloggers to Caratunk.  Bob came to the “big city” last June and fed the black flies (June is kind of cold and is also black fly season here…Please come back in August!)

So these guys got up super early (after doing a half ironman) to drive 3 hours to come up to go rafting with me!  I was so excited.  I hope I wasn’t too much (was I?) 

I was pretty excited to have friends to play in my backyard who hadn’t seen the area before.  I love where I live, and I love sharing all the awesome stuff that is around here. 

John helped me get the raft all blown up before they got there, and after a proper greeting from Porter, I got them geared up and ready to go. 

Harris Station, Kennebec River, Maine

Ready to raft! Harris Station in the background

I was pretty psyched it was a gorgeous day – rafting is fun no matter the weather, but sunny makes it really good.  We had a basically uneventful trip down through most of the rapids (except this one place where I think we came pretty close to flipping…shhh don’t tell them).

Luckily, they didn’t have a clue, so they were all smiles in Cathedral Eddy.

Cathedral Eddy, Kennebec River, Maine

Honest we didn't try to leave Matt on that rock!

I was all smiles because we didn’t flip.

Cathedral Eddy, Kennebec River, Maine, Caratunk Girl

Trust me, I know what I'm doing...

 This area is a super pretty spot, one of my favorite places on the river.

We paddled through the next set of rapids, and then started sight-seeing, stopping at a few waterfalls that are on the river.

Matt finally took a shower…

Dead Stream Falls, Kennebec River, Maine

Having fun at Dead Stream Falls

 Heather found a frog…

Dead Stream Falls, Kennebec River, Maine


 Jason chilled out next to the waterfall…

Dead Stream Falls, Kennebec River, Maine


 ….and then I dropped my waterproof camera in the water with the battery holder open. 


Let’s just say the rest of the day was awesome.   One of the coolest things we saw was a Golden Eagle – an extremely rare bird in Maine (yes, I am POSITIVE it was a Golden and not an immature Bald…they can be easy to mess up, but this was definitely not a Bald.)  We got a really good look at it, it flew upstream and very close to us, I could see the dark beak and the golden “highlights” on its head.  It was really gorgeous. 

We floated down the river and I took Jason south so he could catch his flight back to the great country of Texas.

Matt and Heather were staying in the area for a few days (YAY!), so we planned a hike for the next day.  After hemming and hawing (by me), I decided on Mosquito Mountain.  It is an awesome hike that is fairly short (~3 miles round trip) but gives a fabulous view. 


Mosquito Mountain, Maine, Moxie Pond

Heather, Porter, and I taking in the view


Thankfully the weather held for us and we were able to see quite a lot up there. 

I had to leave after our hike and go to work (so sad…I really wish I could get that lottery ticket would cash in…do you have to buy a ticket to win?) and I had plans with my grandmother that night, so I couldn’t come back and have a beer with them.   

I gave them both big hugs and rambled off a list of things to do (OH do this…and THIS!! OOooo YOU HAVE to do THIS!!… many more weeks are you staying?) 

I am looking forward to this weekend.  I have a bunch of friends coming up and we are going down the river on Saturday and doing a BBQ on the river, and Sunday I am doing something fun with my buddy Kristel who I haven’t seen in…FOREVER.  So it will be fun.

I think on Monday if the weather is good I am going to try and take my grandmother down the lower river – she seems excited about it and it will be really cool if John and I can make it all come together, and I promise lots of pictures (anyone have a camera I can borrow?)

About caratunkgirl

Short spunky girl from the tiny town of Caratunk, Maine. Active outdoor girl. I am a forester, whitewater raft guide, Ironman and 5x marathoner with Ultra dreams. Always ready for the next adventure with my dog Kineo by my side.
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10 Responses to Showing Off My Backyard…

  1. michelle says:

    It looks like we are coming up Friday after all! I’m going to be checking out those places you said. Will you be rafting the same river as us? Maybe I’ll see you on the river then. I’ll be with Ryan Meader and PRO. I’ll tweet when we get close.

    Awesome shots and I hope you get a new camera soon!!
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  2. Shannon says:

    definitely an awesome weekend! maybe next year i can get up there 🙂
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  3. Colleen says:

    Sounds like you had two great weekends in a row! I know how excited you were to show off Caratunk too… I am sure that they loved it! 🙂

    And I think that’s awesome that you and John are going to try to take your grandma down the river. What an experience!!! 🙂

  4. Coy says:

    I wondered when Porter would appear! HA! 🙂 What a cool dog! Rafting is on my bucket list. I’m really scared but I think if I went with a group of people that knew the in’s and out’s that I’d be ok. I can be such a chicken sometimes! You look super happy!

  5. That was such a blast. I am pretty sure had we known we were that close to flipping we would have pulled over and walked the rest of the way…..haha!

    I cannot wait for my next trip to Caratunk because it is gorgeous and so much to do, and do, and do…..oh and do…..haha!
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  6. Beth says:

    You didn’t flip them intentionally just for fun? That’s lame…

    Caratunk looks beautiful! I definitely have to come visit sometime to go rafting, hiking and meet some local characters.
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  7. Glenn Jones says:

    Caratunk isn’t that small. It’s in wikipe…. What? Population 108?

    Haha. Great photos of the great outdoors!

  8. Matt Smith says:

    Man, you guys had too much fun! Thanks for making sure Matt took a shower! 🙂 Did the camera survive? If I’m ever up that way, I’ll look you up so you can take me down the river too.
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  9. Anne-Marie says:

    Sooooo fun!! Maybe you should start putting together chartered adventure tours of Caratunk for bloggers?! I’d sign up!!
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  10. Matt Oravec says:

    There is nothing wrong w/ showering w/ Mother Nature 😉 haha. That may have been the only shower I took all trip ! LOL just kidding, I swam in the ocean twice too haha.

    Thanks for an AWESOMEEEEEEE time up there. We will be back, that is a promise!
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