Snowy Holiday in Rangeley

Red Quill Camp Rental

Red Quill Camp Rental

The snow has begun to fall in Rangeley, and in preparation we cut a short trail from behind the camp, through the woods, to the snowmobile trail. Now we can hop on a snowmobile from the door of camp and drive directly to the extensive trail system. It’s also a great snowshoeing and skiing trail to get to Moose Pond and the Round Top Mountain Trail. Quimby Pond is not frozen enough to ice skate on yet, but Moose Pond just behind the camp is!

Snowmobile & Ski Trail

Snowmobile & Ski Trail

Everything looks white and clean now. The snow makes the bare trees look decorated and festive again. It also means I can track the animals around the camp.The birds are abundant! The white-throated sparrows love a mineral in the driveway and have been congregating there to feed all fall. They’ve just begun to leave the driveway now with the cold weather. The deer prints run crisscross all over the back woods, and I have seen coyote prints and rabbit prints as well.

Thanksgiving at Red Quill Camp

Thanksgiving at Red Quill Camp

 

The mountains don’t have enough snow to ski or sled on yet, but the Thanksgiving holiday still felt like winter with a dusting of snow on Saturday. The wood stove was cranking, and the camp was cozy. Eleven of us fit around a long table on the porch and had dinner in the late afternoon sun with the wood stove crackling and keeping us warm.


Fall Hunting In Rangeley

The leaves have turned brilliant orange, red and yellow, and most of them have fallen  to the ground; the air is crisp and cool and smells of apples and distant snow; it is the perfect weather for hiking in the woods, and many hunters are doing just that.  Moose hunting in Maine has just ended, and bird season is open for a few more weeks. A friend came up for a week to bird hunt and he harvested his limit of grouse and woodcock each day. He said the best hunting is right behind Red Quill! The bird cover is perfect because it was logged years back and is now at the stage where it is the perfect bird habitat. Come rent it for the week and see for yourself!

Bird Hunting

Bird Hunting

Deer season is also just around the corner. I spooked two big doe as I was raking leaves out of the yard last weekend! I was hauling the wheelbarrow into the woods and as I dumped the load of leaves into my compost pile they bound away, only a few yards away from me. I can hardly keep them from eating all the buds off the young trees. Book your stay for hunting season now!