The Wrack

The Wrack is the Wells Reserve blog, our collective logbook on the web.

Posts tagged trails

  • Peace on Earth… and Trail Etiquette

    | December 25, 2017 | Filed under: Culture

    Dear Skiers, come on over.  The snowshoes are being considerate.

  • Red Maple, White Birch, and Black Cherry Friday

    | November 24, 2017 | Filed under: Observations

    The Wells Reserve has lines and a cart of a different sort on Black Friday

  • A Gift from the Muskie Trail

    David Morse
    | October 27, 2017 | Filed under: Observations

    Leaf peeping isn't only about looking up. See the stories at your feet.

  • Wing'd XXXVIII: Is That a Tick?

    | June 28, 2017 | Filed under: Observations

    A walk in the woods and a chance encounter lead to a path of discovery.

  • The Outlook from January 8

    | January 8, 2016

    It's been well over a week since our few inches of snow fell and we've been through a a number of melt/freeze cycles over that time. Skis and snowshoes won't be much fun; wear sturdy boots and take your time on the uneven and sometimes icy surface.

    NWS forecast graphic for January 9-10, 2016Weather is not looking great. Your best bet this weekend is probably Saturday afternoon. Be careful early Saturday, as the roads might be slick. The skies brighten for the start of the work week.

    We have no public programs this weekend, and the Visitor Center is closed until April, but next Wednesday at lunch time Sue Bickford will talk about Soundscape Ecology in Mather Auditorium.

  • More than meets the eye

    Wells Reserve Contributor | July 1, 2015

    lookI have volunteered at environmental centers for most of my life at this point and have heard just about everything when it comes to people's impressions of a site. Most of my background is in Florida, so I've heard "It's too hot"  more times than I can count. However, the most popular question by far is some variation on "Where is everything? We didn't see anything!"

    Now there are only two situations in which I will believe somebody who says they didn't see anything:

    1. They were blindfolded, or
    2. They went out in the middle of the night on the new moon without a light and there were no stars

    Otherwise, they probably saw lots of things — but just didn't notice them.  Here at the Wells Reserve, there is always something to discover, even if it isn't always apparent. We are well into wildflower season right now, which means there is plenty to see!

  • What Remains

    | August 16, 2014

    Fabricating 'Reading the Landscape

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 8/17/2014.

    Around the time I was twelve, I went through what my parents called “the Indiana Jones stage.” I wore an officially licensed brown fedora, carried a homemade clothesline “bullwhip,” and definitely expected to be an archaeologist when I grew up. I even talked my way into a field expedition to the Caribbean island of Grenada, though I was two years short of their minimum age requirement. Rules didn’t matter – in search of lost tribes, buried treasure, even whip-cracking adventure, I dreamt only of piercing the jungle’s dark heart. Cue the trumpets!

  • Who Let the Dogs Out? (WARNING: partial nudity)

    | June 7, 2013

    vicious beasts

    "Isn't that the place that doesn't allow dogs?" is the question I get almost invariably when I reveal where I work.

    "That's right," I smile. No Pets, No Bikes* say our signs. Which means, regrettably, no dogs allowed here, even though I can think of few things that make me happier than boyhood memories of autumn walks with my favorite mutt, Buck, at my side.

    Alas, dogs (along with bikes, horses, snowmobiles, ATVs, stereos, lasers, monster trucks, etc.) have been barred from the Wells Reserve at Laudholm's trails since the early 90's.


    Well, the short answer is: to preserve the nature here at the Reserve.

    But here's my longer answer.

  • A Magic Place

    | November 26, 2012

    I stopped short on the wooden boardwalk of the Laird-Norton Trail. The fog of my breath flew a few more feet ahead of me, dissipating slowly in the still air. It was my first time at the Reserve, and I was alone in the woods.

    And something was coming towards me. Something big.

    I tried to swivel my ears in the direction of the sound. Picture a grown man in a business suit, in a ski hat with pinned-up earflaps, trying to swivel his ears.

    Crunch-crunch, crunch-crunch, crunch-crunch it came, approaching quickly.

  • Boardwalk completed over Muskie bog

    Wells Reserve Contributor | November 9, 2010

    Volunteers build a boardwalk of the Muskie Trail bogYou all are invited to mosey down to the Muskie Trail and experience the new boardwalk. The welcome result is to protect the fragile bog, halting the trampling by trail users while keeping feet quite a bit drier. This has been a long-desired improvement.