Our son, Sam Woodbury, has given us a wealth of experience adapting to his needs in the great outdoors. Along with mobility challenges, Sam is fed by gastrostomy, communicates without words, has numerous medical requirements... and loves every minute of life without walls.

Sam has also had several foster siblings over the years who have needed individual adaptations in the wild.

Not every excursion or experiment has been a grand success. But everyone takes something lasting and important from the experience.

Planning ahead is the key, with a sense of adventure and an eye for safety and comfort. No trip into the middle of nowhere is without hazards, and no such trip is guaranteed to meet all your hopes. The hazards are probably not what you think they would be, but we know what they are, and the adventure is that something will surely happen that you will remember fondly - even if it's only the lull of lapping waves in the stillness of an intensely dark night scented with wood smoke, without streetlights or traffic or electronic interruptions.

Maybe a mobility issue or cognitive impairment has made a remote wilderness experience seem impossible. Maybe your objective isn't to catch 25 bass in one day or shoot a 14-point buck. Maybe you'd just like to relax in a canoe, find a fossil in the woods, shiver next to a campfire, pick blueberries yourself, shoot a can off a fencepost, or see a moose face to face.

Maybe these are your wishes not for yourself but for someone close to you.

We have the experience to make a trip into the Maine wilderness a memorable event.

With an intense focus on planning for every trip and safety preparation, we are also well-acquainted and well-connected with the medical resources in the region, also Inland Fisheries and Wildlife authorities (e.g., game wardens), police and sheriff departments, and regional search and rescue services.

For more ideas, see design your own trip.

Whatever your interest and intent for a guided trip in Maine, and whether it's possible to meet your intentions - (wildlife, weather, and even our own bodies are fickle about letting us do what we set out to do) - the experience will be as entertaining and educational as you want to make it.

We teach as much as you want to know about what we're doing and why. We have a few stories that you never heard before. And if you get nothing out of it except shivers, sneezes, scrapes, and scares, and if you never again want to set foot beyond where the dirt road ends, you will have learned something and will have enjoyed it.

Damn Yankee LLC is responsible for the content of this site and all services offered. Some services are provided by arrangement with the New England Outdoor Center in Millinocket and with Eagle Lodge in Lincoln.