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Winter on the Eastern Trail
Eastern Trail Alliance E-News January 2017
January 2017 - Happy New Year Eastern Trail Friends!



No snowmobiles allowed on the Eastern Trail!
If you see a snowmobile on the trail, please make note of the closest mile marker, and call the local police department. Your help in keeping this a non-motorized trail is appreciated.
Close the Gap

Close the Gap Update

We are getting there but we still have $600K to go….Not bad out of a 3.8 million dollar project, but we can’t stop thinking of ways to obtain the funds. We can’t lose the momentum…
If you haven’t yet donated to the Close the Gap campaign, we urge you to consider doing so.

For those who HAVE donated, we thank you….but we have a favor to ask – PLEASE use your social media to spread the word. Reaching out may trigger someone who vacations in Maine or is an avid trail supporter to help us Close the Gap.

This trail is not just a trail, it’s a legacy….Joe Yuhas

Animal tracks in the snow

Have some fun along the trail spotting animal tracks in the snow! Early walkers usually get the fresh tracks to identify – We took this information from

  • Familiarize yourself with the kinds of animals that live in the region where you live. This narrows down the creatures that could have produced a track. For example, if you have come to the conclusion that a track belongs to some type of larger cat and there are no cougars living in your state then the possibilities are that the tracks were made by either a lynx or a bobcat.
  • Take note of the location of the tracks, an excellent indicator of what may have made them. Animal tracks found by the water's edge are most likely made by species that live in or around the water such as muskrats, mink, raccoons and beavers. Tracks found in pine forests at the base of trees most likely come from some type of squirrel that feeds on the seeds of pine cones like the gray squirrel or the red squirrel.
  • Look at the imprint made by the claws, if any, which are a distinguishing difference between tracks of the cat family from those of the dog family. Cats will leave no claw prints because they have retractable claws while dogs usually do leave some imprint of their claws. Also, the heel pad from which the toe imprints radiate on a dog has just a single lobe on its front edge as opposed to a double lobe on a cat. Cats and dogs both have four toes on the front foot and the hind foot.
  • Look at the shape of the track. Members of the deer family leave two-toed kinds of tracks that have a semi-circle shape, aligned side by side. Animals such as elk, mule deer, moose, white-tailed deer and caribou have tracks of this nature.
  • Count the number of toes and check the size of the track. A track with five toes that are on the hind foot and four on the front were made by some sort of rodent. You can further categorize the animal by the size of the track; tiny tracks will belong to mice, voles or chipmunks while larger tracks of this type could be a large rodent like a beaver or muskrat.
  • Classify tracks with five toes on both the back and front feet as belonging to an animal that belongs to the family of weasels. These could be made by skunks, badgers, minks or otters---all types of weasels. Bears, opossums and raccoons will also leave tracks like these.

Another great resource: eNature.Com's Guide to Animal Tracks

Thoughts for 2017 while on the trail….

Find your mindfulness - Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience. –

Walking with others allows for conversation to flow that normally would not come up. Nature and spending time together with no distractions, such as modern technology, brings up topics that would normally not be explored. The emptiness of nature and of a hike can really only be filled by you and your thoughts, so when walking with others it is filled with conversations that can vary from the most simple to ones that are wildly in depth. – K. Berg, Endicott Student
Maine Lighthouse Ride 2016

Join the Eastern Trail for their monthly Full Moon walks

Where: Southern Maine Medical Center, Biddeford- Back Parking Lot. No Flashlights or Pets Please

FMI – Please email

January 12 - 6:00PM
February 10 - 6:00PM
March 12 - 7:00PM
April 11 - 7:00PM
May 10 - 8:00PM
June 9 - 8:00PM

Learn about the various moons that light up our sky each month

Join us on Great Maine Outdoor Weekend as well!

Please keep checking our website for more activities on the trail.

See you out on the trail!
Close the Gap Campaign
Check out the ETA Website, and also our Facebook page for more information on the above stories, upcoming events, trail history, and to learn much more about what is going on to build, promote and enjoy the Eastern Trail!!
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There is no doubt the Eastern Trail is a wonderful resource in all our lives – but we need your support. Becoming a member of the ETA not only supports this vision, but also helps with the construction of future miles, maintenance, safety, and enjoyment for generations to come.
For the price of a good meal, or a family going to a movie, your membership can help us achieve our goal of 65 miles of off road trail.

Please join the Eastern Trail Alliance.

Check out the always-improving look and content of our website. We recently added a mobile site for your smart phone. Lots of information about events and opportunities to enjoy, promote and help build the trail.

Join us on Facebook!
Help us drum up more support of the Eastern Trail by joining our group and sharing our story with your friends!

"We can tie this country together with threads of green that everywhere grant us access to the natural world"
- Presidential Commission 1987

"A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult, than all the medicine and psychology in the world."
- Dr. Paul Dudley White

"Walking is man’s best medicine."
- Hippocrates

“Patience, Persistence & Politeness”
- Craig Della Penna’s secret to successful trail creation

PO Box 250, Saco, ME, 04072