I must thank Tommy Carbone for republishing Lucius Hubbard’s book, Woods and Lakes of Maine, which was originally published in 1884. I think Tommy must have put a lot of effort into this book, which includes fascinating drawings and lots of maps.
Hubbard’s amazing journey took him 160 miles through the Maine woods from Moosehead Lake to Canada. Along on his journey was a friend plus two Indian guides. And this story is particularly good because he goes into great detail about everything along the way, including the waters, forests, and wildlife, which at that time included caribou. You will feel like you’re right there traveling with him.
I’ve spent time in many of the places they traveled through, and it was fascinating to learn what those places were like in the 1800s. Actually, a lot of the places haven’t changed that much. Okay, the caribou are gone.
Their journey is not easy. They had a lot of bad weather including blizzards of snow. And they did a lot of exploring on side trips. They also shot and trapped a lot of their meals. Yes, there were no critters in the woods and waters that they would not eat.
I guarantee that you will enjoy this journey through Maine’s beautiful north woods. And once you finish reading the book, you’ll want to visit some of those wonderful places.