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Starting a new tradition

Sunday, November 25, 2012

This year has been a year of change for my family, and Thanksgiving was getting a makeover. With Matty and Nora in South Carolina, Sam and Divine in New Jersey, Jake in Colorado and Laura at work all Thanksgiving Day, we decided to do something new and different. We decided to have Thanksgiving in one of the Maine huts run by Maine Huts And Trails.
You may be wondering…what is a hut? According to Webster’s Dictionary, a hut is defined as a crude or makeshift dwelling or shelter; a shack, a temporary structure for sheltering troops. We did not stay in a hut. Maine Huts and Trails did not build “huts”. They built beautiful lodges that they call huts. When I told my sons that I was staying in a hut for Thanksgiving, they were unimpressed. They did not think that they would be interested in staying in such a place, but we had a wonderful time.
This was our first nontraditional Thanksgiving, and our first time staying in a Maine Hut. Our adventure began as we hiked in on the Gage Road Trail.

The hike in was a relatively smooth 2.5 mile hike across some beautiful terrail.

The hike took us along the Poplar Stream. It was a beautiful, quiet hike. The trail was well marked with new signage, making it easy to follow.

The inside of the Poplar Spring Falls Lodge was beautiful. The hut was built in 2007, and still looks brand new. There were about 20 guests for Thanksgiving dinner.

The hard wood tables and chairs shone in the sunlight. Does this look like a hut to you?

Even though it was about 28 degrees outside, our room was warm. We brought our own sleeping bags and pillow cases. Everything else was provided. I really appreciated the hot shower before dinner!

Sky and Maryann did a great job with the dinner, and making us feel right at home.
The lodge is powered by both solar power and hydro power from Poplar Spring.

The best part of our adventure was hiking near two beautiful waterfalls.

The ice on the falls just added to the beauty. The cold added to the adventure.
Perhaps next Thanksgiving, we will return to the Maine Hut. I really hope that we make it back sooner!

Poplar Spring Falls Hut was a great Thanksgiving adventure that I will never forget! Thanks Maine Huts and Trails for creating such a wonderful place!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JSTETSER 11/26/2012 5:36AM

There was a service road for a truck or 4 wheeler to drive in on.
There was an easier way to get to the hut than what we took! We took the way that brought us exercise and enjoyment.

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ANDYLIN90 11/25/2012 9:54PM

    I've never been to Maine, but I know I would love it. The pictures tell a real story and I love the idea of Thanksgiving spent in nature. How did the food get to the hut...which certainly does not look like a hut.

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WINDSONG28 11/25/2012 9:49PM

    How fun!

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68ANNE 11/25/2012 7:09PM


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LINDAKAY228 11/25/2012 6:44PM

    What a great new tradition!! I loved the pictures and if my family would go along I would do something like that for Thanksgiving, but they won't and I can't just abandon them. But that is my kind of way to celebrate a holiday. For my birthday I love to go off on a hike in an area I don't get to very often. It's the end of February, and we live about 4 hours from Tucson AZ where the temps are great that time of year for hiking and there are some beautiful trails up in the mountains around Tucson. Sometimes I like to go over there and hike and enjoy celebrating my birthday doing what brings me so much peace and pleasure.
Your pictures are so beautiful. I wish I wasn't so far away from Maine but New Mexico is quite a ways LOL. I've been reading several books about people who hike the Appalachian Trail and their descriptions of some of the places along the route, including Maine since it ends there. Each part of the US has it's own particular kind of beauty. THanks for sharing this blog and your great experience!

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MPERCAL 11/25/2012 4:46PM

    So lovely to read about and see photos of your adventure! Looks divine! What a great way to spend a holiday!

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FEMISLIM 11/25/2012 4:01PM

    Great fun, great tradition!!!

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MNNICE 11/25/2012 1:57PM

    I think it was a great idea!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/25/2012 1:34PM

    Looks like a great new tradition! And no, it exceeds all expectations of the word "hut". Here's to all of us having new active traditions, the hike looks ideal.

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JSTETSER 11/25/2012 1:29PM

    Maine Huts and Trails is located in Kingsbury, Maine. Has anyone besides me been there?

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LOOKINGUP2012 11/25/2012 1:14PM

    Thanks for sharing your lovely pics and narration!

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-AMANDA79- 11/25/2012 11:50AM

    Wow!! I'm so jealous! What a beautiful place!

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OKBACK2ME 11/25/2012 11:28AM

    Great! It looks like fun and you are so lucky your hubby likes to hike, mine does not and I use to be a great hiker. What I need is a friend that love hiking, but right now none of my friends do. emoticon

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FLORNH 11/25/2012 11:14AM

    Nice! I've considered staying at one of the White Mountain AMC lodges for Thanksgiving. Maybe next year!

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HEALTHY-SPARK 11/25/2012 11:06AM

    What a great new tradition!

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KAYOTIC 11/25/2012 10:50AM

    Too cool...looks like a great new tradition!

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JUSTA123 11/25/2012 9:49AM

    What beautiful place, nice new tradition!

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JSTETSER 11/25/2012 9:44AM

    Thank you for all your comments. It was quite an adventure-one that we hope to repeat. Pickie98, we hope to invite family next year.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/25/2012 9:23AM

    Absolutely totally fabulously awesome! Reminds me of the days when my family, friends and anyone else who wanted to spent New Years Day celebrating in a similar setting . . . enjoying the food, company and beauty! Fantastic tradition.


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JACKIE542 11/25/2012 8:44AM

    What a great way to spend Thanksgiving, everything looked beautiful, great pictures. I am happy you had a great time. emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMYEAC 11/25/2012 8:32AM

    Quite an adventure! thanks for sharing!

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BAKER1009 11/25/2012 7:46AM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures, it provides even more insight as to how your Thanksgiving day was spent. It looks amazing!! That would be something I would love to do one day! Just beautiful!

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DARJR50 11/25/2012 7:15AM

  Sounds like you had a great time. The pace looks wonderful.

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GAMMY98 11/25/2012 7:13AM

    what a great way to have Thanksgiving. Looks like you had a great time. Thanks for showing it to us.

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ERIN1957 11/25/2012 7:11AM

    Oh my heaven's sake how wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing this new adventure! No hut, but a beautiful cabin. Thanks for the link as well!

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LATTELEE 11/25/2012 7:08AM


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GHOSTFLAMES 11/25/2012 7:06AM

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PICKIE98 11/25/2012 6:54AM

    I would never go back to the traditional day again!! Why not reserve rooms for everybody for next year and make that the new way??? I would love to do that.
It sounds expensive, but sure would be wonderful. I can hear the falls and smell that fresh air!!

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NWLIFESRC 11/25/2012 6:51AM

    Looks like fun

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