Yes, most folks around here head south to escape the temperatures below zero, blowing snow and brutal winds. This winter has seen a plethora of days with such conditions, so we have been optimistically thinking of warmer days ahead, and planning for summer canoe camping excursions. Recently we left behind the cold of Vermont….for the even colder conditions in the mountains of Western Maine. We brought along X-C skis, the kicksled, snowshoes, micro-spikes, and lots of warm technical clothing. Our plan—have fun with the dogs while we scope out Cupsuptic Lake, Aziscohos Lake, Mooselookmeguntic Lake, and many other prospective summer sites . We found the lakes ( very frozen,snow covered, and tracked by snow-machines…perfect for kick-sledding), some really nice hiking spots, a lovely dog friendly X-C center, and a waterfront hotel that welcomes dogs! So, despite the bitter temperatures that restricted some of our activities, we had a successful excursion. Next time we head over, the Swift Kipawa will be on the roof!