One of the neat little outdoor gems in the greater Bangor area is the Orono Bog Walk. Located just off Stillwater Ave (if you go in from that end), my kids and I have spent many a sunny afternoon walking along the boardwalk, stopping to check out all the little informational plaques, and taking in the cool views with each twist and turn.

Unfortunately, its hard to "social distance" on the skinnier parts of the trail, so according to the Orono Bog Walk Facebook Page, the Bog Walk remains closed at the moment.

"The Orono Bog Boardwalk will remain closed until restrictions of physical distancing and public gatherings are lifted. The Orono Bog Boardwalk is only 4 feet wide. Given the Boardwalk’s configuration and the large number of visitors each day, it is not possible to ensure safe physical distancing or frequent surface disinfection as required by the Maine Governor’s Office and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention during the COVID-19 outbreak."

But if you have a hankering for those views, want to reminisce, or maybe even learn a bit more about this cool spot that sits right in our backyard, the University of Maine Press just published a book you'll likely want to check out! The Bog Walker’s Companion: A Guide to the Orono Bog Boardwalk features a number of essays about the Bog Walk from folks who have spent a great deal of time there; University of Maine professors and alumni.

According to a story from WABI TV5, you can order the new book by going  visiting the website, umaine.edu/oronobogwalk. I, for one, can't wait to be able to go walk there again, but until then, I'll settle for reading about it.