Some days, a cheeseburger just doesn’t hit the spot. A salad won’t suffice. A cookie or piece of cake? Not appealing. On days like that (or on days when you want to be much more adventurous, it’s time to reach for a handful of … crickets. Yes, I said crickets. And no, until last week, I’d never had occasion to (intentionally) chomp on any kind of insect. That’s when my colleague, Aislinn Sarnacki, brought some samples of insect-based foods to the newsroom, and was looking for some folks to give ’em a try. Try, we did. Surprisingly, they were pretty tasty. Not surprisingly, Aislinn ended up writing a really cool story about the cricket-as-protein trend, and shot a video that documents our late afternoon insect feast.

— John Holyoke

Edible insects to hit Maine farmers’ markets

Bugs for Dinner, a new business based in Freeport, has set out to introduce Maine people to the world of edible insects. Crickets, mealworms, grasshoppers, ants — these protein-packed creepy crawlies may just become the next new superfood. Learn about the edible bug movement and watch BDN staffers taste-test some cricket-based products, courtesy of Bugs for Dinner.

Got deer? Herd of 25 surround Jeep in Eastport

Dan Daley and his wife, Shannon, went for a drive on Saturday, hoping to check out the huge snowbanks Down East. They got more than they bargained for when about 25 deer surrounded their vehicle. The good news: Dan always has a camera or two on hand, and he captured some great video.

A walk to remember: Maine woman finds love on the Appalachian Trail

At 20 years old, Jenn Brooks of Orono was in a time of transition, unsure whether to continue college or dive into the working world. So when her friend and co-worker Dave at Cadillac Mountain Sports asked her to hike the Appalachian Trail with him, she said, “Sure, sounds like fun.”

The duo didn’t finish the AT together. But along the way, Jenn found another hiking companion … and love ensued.

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Act Out with Aislinn: 1-minute ski: Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth

Crescent Beach State Park — named for its crescent-shaped sand beach that is nearly a mile long — opened in 1966 and has long been a popular place for beach-goers, swimmers, paddlers and wildlife watchers. Located in Cape Elizabeth, a small town on the coast of southern Maine, the park features about a mile of walking trails.

George’s Outdoor News: Hunting with drones and remote live cameras — Never in Maine

As New Hampshire debates the use of drones and live-action game cameras for hunting, Maine acted years ago to prohibit them. But there is one use of drones that may be legal here.

On the horizon

With yet another storm on the horizon, John is certain there will be plenty of snow for snow-shelter building next week. Students at Unity College have agreed to build the shelter for him, and after a few logistical matters are ironed out, we’re hoping he’ll be able to freeze to death (oops … we meant to say “sleep in the shelter”) sometime soon. Stay tuned!

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John Holyoke

John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. He spent 28 years working for the BDN, including 19 years as the paper's outdoors columnist or outdoors editor. While...