Grand Lake Stream

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Dave McCullough


The only thing we can count on is change. So it is in all phases of life and especially in technology. Some of the pictures I have seen of Grand Lake Stream and the area from the air are very inspiring. I had an experience this past weekend showing a change in technology that has lots of possibilities. The development of flying a small drone with a camera was something to observe.  When you have a few minutes go to this link and see an antique plowing event but more importantly is the photography. My mind can see all sorts of possible links that can be used to promote  Grand Lake Stream. This link is just over 4 minutes. What a fine way to show the lodges, fishing, ATV’ing, living, canoeing and kayaking as well as the Land Trust and other phases of the joy found in Grand Lake Stream. Rather than using still pictures this technology could add another dimension to keep people informed. If a road is being repaired a link could be developed to show where, what, who and how it is done. Check this link out and see what you think.

The GLS ATV Club and land owner appreciation will be held this coming Saturday, October 22, at Chet’s Camps. Plan to arrive at 3 P.M. with a dish to share and your beverage of choice. A campfire will be going and the Lodge will be open. A door prize will be awarded! A club ride to the Waite Store will be held on Saturday as well. Call Sue LaPlante to join in the ride. The final club meeting of the season will be October 27, Thursday, at 7 P.M. at the school building. 

A ride (car or ATV) to Jack’s Snack Shack for lunch is planned for Wednesday, October 26.  Everyone is welcome!  Meet at the Grand Lake Stream Schoolhouse on Wednesday, October 26 at 10:30!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

On Wednesday, October 26th, Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) is pleased to host Maine DACF’s Allison Kanoti for an exciting presentation that explores the important roles that various insects play in the Maine woods.  Kanoti, a forest entomologist, presents “Aliens and Superheroes of the Forest Insect World.”  In honor of Halloween – Be prepared to be creeped out, frightened and amazed by the forest insect world around us. Tales of body snatching, alien terrors for trees, and the superheroes of the forest await you!  Meet at the Grand Lake Stream School Building at 6 pm.  1 credit hour will be offered for qualifying certifications.  For more information, please contact DLLT at (207) 796 – 2100 or email

I recently talked with The Farm Cove Hermit and here is a story he shared. “Transcendentalist:  Thoreau be All Accounts” by the Hermit

If Henry David Thoreau were alive today he would be considered a loafer or a vagabond.  Henry’s work ethic was not to have one.  He never held a full-time position surviving instead on odd jobs.  Born in Concord, MA  In 1817, he was raised by a mother who took in boarders and a father who made pencils.  A common, un-common man he somehow managed acceptance to Harvard.  Here he would rub shoulders with the sons of the rich, famous and idle.  Here Thomas became a transcendentalist.  This required peace, quiet and solitude as well as looking for truth within themselves so they could ignore governmental, political and religious authority.  What they meditated on I have no idea.

He chose to live alone in a crude cabin by Walden Pond and wrote the two classics:  IN THE MAINE WOODS and WALDEN..  Henry wrote many essays one of which was on non-violent civil disobedience which impacted on GANDI AND KING.  Meanwhile he made three trips to Maine’s Katahdin, the headwaters of the Penobscot River and the Allagash.  

Henry became a decent naturalist but he was no woodsman, often getting lost around his camp site.  The guides he hired, both Indian and white, had major influence on his writing and philosophy.  While his books, ideas and essays bestowed neither fame nor fortune during his brief 45 year lifetime, they have influenced generations of writers.  His thought about preserving wilderness and the animals and plants ran counter to what America was trying to do at that time. We had boundless land, water, trees and wildlife and limitless resources.   Today we know differently.  How shall Maine manage her millions of acres of woods?  Compare our area “Land Trust” with the recent land grab by the current administration in Washington.  You be the judge!

Thanks for the many comments about the stories shared by the “Hermit”!

Your Humble Correspondent, Dave McCullough 207-839-4205 or