The Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association invited members to participate in our first Outdoor Adventure Day. We asked our members, their families and friends to do something — hike, kayak, run, play tennis, stroll through a park, climb a mountain, walk a dog, race their kids, garden, practice yoga, or partake in other activities — in this statewide outdoor challenge, and then to report back to us with photos and stories about their adventure(s).

The weather was just about perfect all week. We enjoyed a glorious early October in Maine, with the leaves changing colors and the sun shining most days and cool nights in the evening. We extended our outdoor “day” to include any of the days between October 2nd and October 9th, with our goal to have fun in the great Maine outdoors while raising money and awareness for the Maine Fulbright Chapter. All funds earned will support our mission to promote continued opportunities for life-long learning, collaborative networking, service, and programming that celebrate international educational and cultural exchanges. We appreciate all those who participated — read about their adventures below.

Elaine Potoker rowing on Lake Megunticook


Rob Lively on Lake Wilton: “I am doing a Secchi Disc reading on Wilson Lake in Wilton, where I am checking for water clarity.  The Secchi Disc is an eight-inch disc with alternating black and white quadrants. As it is lowered into the water, you observe it through a scope. When you can no longer see it, you record the depth (called the Secchi depth). The greater the depth, the clearer the water. It is a good indicator of the amount of algae in the water.  It is named after a Jesuit priest, Secchi, who invented it in the 19th century.”

Sallie Hunter kayaking on Runaround Pond in Durham.  “That’s the pond where I had my cormorant encounters, but unfortunately the cormorant has been a ‘no show’ this summer! I was kayaking with my sister before she headed back to Salt Lake City.”


Festival of Champions Cross Country Race Belfast, Maine October 2, 2021

Michael Socolow with his son Simon and wife Connie at the Festival of Champions Cross Country race in Belfast, Maine (above) and with his son Geo in Lincoln, Maine, for a fall baseball game (below)

Fall Baseball, Slugger’s [Brewer] vs. Calais in Lincoln, Maine.


Kristen Reese practicing acroyoga in Maryland.


Kirsten Brewer picking apples in Central Maine.