A couple years ago I bought a used Old Town canoe, and then needed paddles of course.  I knew just where to go.

Shaw and Tenney has been making canoe paddles in Maine since 1858. Their shop is in Orono, just down the street from where I lived for 3 years, on the banks of the Penobscot River. They make beautiful paddles.

I went right to the store in person and bought paddles that were seconds, that had some tiny flaw and therefore were discounted in price. The paddles are not cheap but you are getting a handcrafted product that will last a lifetime.  My friend Sam makes them himself, in fact.

Here we are putting the Shaw and Tenney paddles to use at Little Falls on the St. Croix River last summer:


Energy Drink

While I am not a regular energy drink consumer, I know a lot of people are (ahem Joel).

My friends Gus and Morgan picked up Maine made energy drinks on the road the other day (at the fabulous Cobbossee Beverage Shop in Farmingdale) and I had a sip of it- it was really good! And the ingredients are not scary-  clearly a plus.

Black Bear Energy makes these B12 drinks right here in Maine (Bethel, from what I can tell online, although all they usually say is “The Mountains of Maine.”)

They sell them in over 400 locations including Shaws and Whole Foods.  Look for them next time you need a boost.

Tasty, all natural, Maine made, and energizing. I’ll be trying this again for sure.

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Last summer I knew I needed a good hat. My friend Nicola had been styling broad rimmed hat the summer before on a kayaking day on Moosehead Lake, and I was inspired by her to wear one as well.

I bought this great hat! Here I am wearing it at Bigney Cove on Moosehead Lake.


It’s made by Henschel hats, and it’s called the Aussie Mesh Crushable Hat. This is a good hat for me because I tend to crush things.

I bought it from a hat website called Village Hat Shop, which sells many brands. From what I can tell all the Henschel Hats of which there are many, are made in the USA.

I wore it all the time last summer.  A double header — less sunburn AND made in the USA. You can’t go wrong.