Some say the full moon makes people go mad. But that big dome light of the night is brightest when it's full, which makes it really nice to hike under (or in the case of winter, ski or snowshoe under).
Getting outside has tremendous benefits for the parents of brand-new babies, whose daily routines are often centered on feedings, changings and oh-so-blessed nap times. There's the fresh air, the body moving, the interacting with other adults. Getting outside just feels good.
Folks who don't typically shapeshift with the appearance of the full moon will appreciate the uphill trek to Mt. Abram's peak, where music and mountain revelry await.
Hiking in Maine isn't always about conquering Katahdin. This beginner hiking/snowshoeing group is perfect for folks who are new to hiking or haven't been hiking in a while. Easy pace, friendly atmosphere and plenty of socializing, too.
Whether you're looking for fitness pals or people to hike or paddle with, Meetup.com has a lot of options. There are groups for runners and groups for walkers looking to get moving at an accessible pace. There's a paddling group and a weekly paddleboard meetup and a couple of meetups for rock climbers (or people wanting to become rock climbers).
Holly, a yoga instructor based in Orono, is the founder of Maine Yoga Adventures, an event company that combines yoga with an array of other fun activities, from hiking and tennis to writing and wine tasting.
I've been a big fan of the Meetup.com concept. I'm an even bigger fan since joining the Let's Go Do Stuff Meetup for a leisurely paddle on the Pleasant River and some impromptu rope swinging a few weeks ago.