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Tracks aplenty on the Eastern Trail

The trail is humming with energy and events -- and it's not done growing.

By Deirdre Fleming This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Staff Writer. Posted December 1, 2012

A moonlight hike led by the Eastern Trail Alliance attracts several dozen hikers who quietly move on the pathKENNEBUNK - Since the two major bridges connecting the Eastern Trail went in this year, organized events along the trail have increased twofold.

But to a large extent, the fascination, attraction and use of this off-road, woodland trail has been building steam all along.

"The last wintertime moonlit walk we had was last January. That drew 30! We might beat that today," boomed John Andrews, the 75-year-old retired engineer who is a driving force behind this trail being built between South Portland and Kittery.

Moments later, 40 interested hikers slowly drove up in the dark behind Kennebunk Elementary School to gather around Andrews and naturalist Joe Yuhas at the trail's kiosk. And after Yuhas, a former University of New England science professor, exclaimed this would be a natural history hike and search for wildlife, the headlamps went off and chatter ceased.

"You don't have to take a vow of silence, but we'll move along quietly and see what we see," Yuhas suggested.

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