The Allagash is Calling




The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is not a destination, or even a river, for that matter. It is a state of being; one of peace, natural beauty and rich with the history of our forbearers. Thoreau knew this subtlety and described this natural treasure in great detail following three excursions into the Maine Woods to legions of readers nearly two centuries ago. His passionate descriptions of his wilderness journeys with his Penobscot guides captured the imaginations of a weary public fraught with social, political and societal strife. It was a welcome respite from the cares of the day and a place of intrigue and mystery, while celebrating the wonders of the natural environment.


When the travails of this world seem overwhelming and we yearn for the comfort of our ethereal origins, the healing sanctuaries of Maine’s woods and waters call us. Such times are these as seemingly hopeless drudgery and bad news have permeated our daily existence in the midst of pandemic lock downs, political turbulence and social unrest. It is long past time for an outdoor revival and a return to nature by foot, canoe, bike or by any means necessary. It is nature that provides a continuity and timelessness that brings us home to ourselves. If we are fortunate enough to share moments in nature with those we love, that segment of time becomes a permanent milestone of our lives and memories.


The Allagash Wilderness Waterway calls you home. It’s time to pack up your loved ones and escape. Leave your cell phones and the travails of society far behind you to rediscover life without Facebook, Twitter, news and other sources of digital toxicity. Realize (again) that the Allgash is not a destination, but a state of being; one of peace, beauty and rich with everything the soul needs to rest, recover and recharge. This state of being just happens to be found in one of the last remaining true frontiers in the Continental United States. It should therefore be treated with due respect for highly experienced outdoor persons.


For those who do not possess the skill set or equipment to enter the Allagash safely, experienced guides and outfitters are worth their weight in gold as the living legacies of their native forbearers. A good guide will not only ensure your safe passage, but allow you and your family to comfortably maximize the raw beauty and history of the Allagash experience.


Families, friends and individuals that complete the 98 mile Allagash Adventure (or even a lesser portion of the odyssey) undergo a truly transformational experience that will forever galvanize relationships with fellow travelers. It is not only an incredible and timeless achievement accomplished by very few in this modern day and age, but it is a restorative journey for the soul that bring us closer to the best version of ourselves.


In closing, I strongly urge you to consider making plans this summer (best water in June and July) to answer the call of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway as the crowning achievement of your 2021 family adventures.

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