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Touring New England: Day 16 - Little River Lighthouse

Touring New England: Day 16 - Little River Lighthouse

WILDSAM FIELD GUIDES

Essay | Written by Dean Russell

CUTLER, Maine – The tide was almost too low by the time we made it to Cutler. Terry and Cynthia Rowden waited in the harbor with the motor idling. Cynthia was holding a pizza. Cold by now. They waved us down to the landing where we shook hands and crawled into the flatboat. Michelle went first.

The Rowdens had been keeping Little River Light on and off for years. Terry was from Michigan and the lighthouse was what brought him to Cutler as a Coast Guardsman in the 60s. Quoddy Light, north about 20 miles, was his original post, but he switched with another guy who had just bought a sports car. You can't drive a sports car on a 15-acre island. Plus, a little while into his stay, he'd meet Cynthia, a local girl. They'd get married. And Terry wouldn't get reassigned to Vietnam like the other guy. [...]

Touring New England: Day 13 - Mount Washington, Part I

Touring New England: Day 13 - Mount Washington, Part I

WILDSAM FIELD GUIDES

Essay | Written by Dean Russell

WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST, N.H. – It was 2:37 p.m. when the hail started to fall. I pulled up my hood and listened to the beads smack against the nylon. They jumped off the rocks, piercing the fog. I hoped they wouldn’t get any larger--there was no shelter on the ridge. Worse, with hail, comes lightning. Most hikers know how to manage an electrical storm. Get to an open field and lie down. Watch the thunderhead roll away. Advice that's no good at 6,000 feet. You can't escape the thunderhead if you are walking inside it. [...]