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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!
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