People are drawn to Maine's whitewater rafting trips for the adventure and to be surrounded by nature. The river guides are key to the success of these expeditions, as the author learns on an eventful rafting trip.
The earliest Rangeley Lakes recreational establishments were fishing clubs, where members had access to rustic accommodations and to guides. Then came resort hotels. These offered a more genteel experience, but also focused on outdoor activities and appreciation of nature.
Stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) are a popular way to get on the water. Thor Emory is one of a growing number of athletes who have taken the sport to a higher level, using specifically designed SUPs for open-water surfing.