Scarborough 350: Carole Brush

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I met Carole Brush my first summer here, when we were both working at the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center — she as a part-time staffer, me as a volunteer. It turns out that she and I had each moved to Maine that spring. I came after a job layoff; Carole came to be nearer her children and grandchildren. A native of Teaneck, New Jersey, Carole had worked with Outward Bound in Boulder, Colorado, and as a trail guide at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York.

“From the time I was little, I loved the mountains,” says Carole. “My earliest, most graphic memory is of lying in the grass in my backyard, looking through the fern banks and pretending I was in a forest.” As a teenager, Carole would drive up to the Ramapo Mountains every weekend to go hiking, paddling, and camping. “Sometimes friends came along; other times I went alone. It didn’t matter to me — I just wanted to be in the outdoors,” she says.

This is the first time Carole has lived by the ocean. Maine summers are a little too short for her taste, but she loves snow and snowshoeing. Since her arrival, Carole has become a registered Maine guide for inland water, canoeing, hiking and backpacking. Her goal is to do that full time, but for now she is working a combination of jobs. She teaches classes in yoga and pilates, works as a part-time staffer for the Eastern Trail Alliance, and still spends summers at Scarborough Marsh, working at the gift store and leading canoe tours.

One Response to “Scarborough 350: Carole Brush”

  1. Rick Says:

    Wonderful! Carole reminds us of what it is to truly ‘be’ in this world, living through giving.

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