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Video: Mike "Fluff: Cowan

Video: Maine Sea Salt

Bill Green's Maine in HD

We'll meet the men who ran Maine's 100 Mile Wilderness without stopping. We'll be on the links with one of the most recognizable faces on the PGA tour, Caddy Mike "Fluff" Cowan. We'll go way Down East to see how salt water is being transformed into a gourmet delight, sea salt.

This week's blog written by Bill Green

Show # 2010-15

Original airdate: October 2, 2010

This is a pretty good show, if I do say so myself! At least I enjoyed doing it and learned a lot while doing so.

100 Mile Wilderness. Can you believe these guys ran it? Chris Hayward, Nichol Ernst and Eli Lazarus are amazing athletes.

It all began in June when Tom Whitaker, Chris and Eli decided to give it a go. It was Tom's idea and he thought it would be a great way to celebrate turning 40. The problem was they over-estimated their ability and trying to stick with the schedule beat them up. Tom and Eli went 30 miles before dropping out. Chris went on to mile 75. They did come away from the adventure thinking the Wilderness could be run in 36 hours.

When August rolled around, Chris and Eli were ready to go again. They were joined by Nichol Ernst.. They also made one major change. They decided to run the trail from north to south. In this way, they would be able to maintain greater speed on the flatter section and then stumble through the hills to the south. In the end, they don't really think it made that big a difference. It is still a long, tough run!

This is their story. Unfortunately, they did little to document the trip. The pictures were mostly taken by Tom on the first attempt or from our archives. Still, I like the piece because we tried to stay out of the way and let the men tell the story.

Here's a little more information on the 100 Mile Wilderness.

http://www.maine.sierraclub.org/mw_-_100_wilderness.htm

Chris Heyward runs a guide service you may want to check out.

http://www.mainetrips.org/

 

The interview segment this week is with Mike "Fluff: Cowan. Mike was a fine amateur golfer out of Winslow. After college at William Penn he turned pro. He was unsuccessful as a player and as a clubhouse assistant. On a lark he drove to Hartford to take a caddying job. The rest is history. 35 years on the PGA Tour! He's a very popular guy and a stalwart on the PGA tour. I don't know a good place to more information about Fluff. For more information about the PGA Tour, just click on the link below.

http://www.pgatour.com/

 

Our archive piece this week is about pumpkins. Pumpkin growing is getting pretty serious and people are pulling me a lot of different ways. The official weigh in used to be in Cumberland, but now there are a number of weigh-ins and a tour is developing. For more information about pumpkins, check out the Maine Pumpkin Growers' website.

http://www.mainepumpkins.com/

The last segment is about Maine Sea Sak. I absolutely love this company and their products! They just take salt water and use the sun to evaporate the water. They add some elbow grease and come away with pure sea salt. Is the chemical formula CNACL? OK that's a bad joke. They also smoke their salts to give them flavor and sell them in beautiful packages. What a great business! For more information

 

http://www.maineseasalt.com/

Thanks for tuning in. Viewers like you make this possible and I am very grateful.

Bill

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