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UMFK to offer women's canoe trip

June 7, 2007

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will offer a four-day paddling trip on the Allagash River by Barb Pineau, a registered Maine guide, from Sunday, July 15 through Thursday, July 19.

The theme of the canoe trip is "Women on the River." Campfire chats may bring up issues such as women's roles in the workplace or the history of women's involvement with the Allagash River itself.

The trip is ideal for those looking to improve their outdoor skills or self-confidence and is a great opportunity for a memorable mother and daughter experience.

Participants can learn about river ecology and the history of the waterway. In addition, traditional outdoor activities will take place including paddling instruction, how to fly fish or how to build the perfect campfire. Ghost stories and fish tales are bound to be told at the end of the day.

"We hope this kind of trip opens the door for some people," says Donald Eno, UMFK coordinator of academic outreach . Experienced paddlers are welcomed to come along and share their knowledge. Those with limited paddling experience are welcomed as well.

The cost is $575 per person, with children under 8 years of age $280 each. The fee includes transportation, paddling instruction, food and all gear except for personal clothing, toiletries, sleeping bags and mats. Sleeping bags and mats may be obtained from UMFK free of charge.

To register or for more information, contact Eno at 834-7835 or 1-888-TRY-UMFK. Space is limited, so sign up now.