Saturday evening at the 38th annual Maine Professional Guides Associations Annual Banquet I was surprised with the Associations Outstanding Service Award. I was and am humbled to be recognized by a room full of folks that I respect and admire. The collective woods skill and storytelling ability in a room with a couple hundred working guides in it is nothing to take lightly and I do not.
I have decided to sell my 20 foot Strip Built Grand Lake Canoe. I have not really used it for the last five or so years and it is too nice of a boat to let simply hang in the rafters never being used. I have many great memories of days in it fishing the smaller ponds in the area with clients.
In spite of the current weather forecast; snow tonight and tomorrow it really is spring and time to start gearing up for the coming season. This year the website got a complete redesign one intended to be easier to use on any device. A redesigned reservation flow intended to make reserving your trip a snap while providing all of the information that you need..
After a stretch of weather that made us all think winter was over six weeks ago; its still here and shows no signs of going. 15 degrees here this morning with a solid foot of snow on the ground not exactly like spring. As we get later in the winter it gets more pleasant every day. The days are long now and the strong March sun warms the house quickly every morning. It is now light well past suppertime making for a pleasant evening.
Sweet Tree Arts in Hope holds a Story Slam every year. This year’s Slam is on March 24th at 7PM (doors open at 6:30) and I am telling one of the stories that evening. Although to be honest I have no clue what a Slam is, I’m just showing up and telling a story; actually also eating a cookie or two afterwards.
We have made it to the part of the year where the days get noticeably longer and the sun has real strength. Last weeks snowstorms (yes several in a row) left us with feet of snow everywhere. A heavy snowfall is sort of unusual on the immediate coast and the recent storms had done just that. We had planned to go away over the weekend but with all of the snow and perfect late winter weather in the forecast why would we?
Today we are in the midst of a blizzard; very windy, snowing hard, temperature around 20, with a predicted total snowfall of a couple of feet. Winter to be sure.
As I am working on the details of a downtown office and expect to have someone in that office representing me this summer and as always a few guides who sometimes fill in for me on trips. I need to make it crystal clear what kind of experience I want my clients to have and provide those folks with the tools, knowledge and ability to make it happen. Along with the promise that we will deliver with a positive attitude.
I realized over the weekend that the days have gotten long enough for the chickadees to begin to sing. For me that is the first sign of spring followed very soon by early flocks of robins and bluebirds. February usually flies by but March and April are the long months for me. In Maine they are referred to as mud season. Still cold but there are warm days that offer a glimpse of the coming season.