Jared Baker is well-known as the one and only “Jedi” on Maine Cabin Masters, which is now in its 7th season on the DiY Network. This series follows a crew of skilled Mainers as they save and preserve family camps and cabins across the Pine Tree State. He particularly enjoys seeing how families react when they see their restored cabin. For him, bringing an old place back to life not only keeps family memories alive, but helps ensure families will make new memories together for years to come. Jared grew up on a cattle farm in Pittston where he learned to hunt, fish, play hockey, and ride a sled. He absolutely loves being outdoors and has coached hockey, football, and tried a stint as a ski bum in Colorado before returning home to Maine.
Ahead of this year’s Dysart’s Snowmobile Ride-In, we sat down with Jedi to learn more about how he spends his time when he’s not being a Maine Cabin Master.
Have you ridden a snowmobile before?
I have. I’ve ridden snowmobiles since I was five years old and still ride pretty heavy today. I chase the snow around and ride anywhere I can. When the snow is good, you can get a lot of places.
Do you like winter?
I’m a polar bear. I absolutely love winter. I grew up playing hockey, starting when I was three years old. I was pretty much born on a hockey rink. My family also owned Baker’s Smelt Camps on the Kennebec so I was always outdoors in the winter.
What is your favorite song right now?
My goodness. I’d have to say Loser by the Grateful Dead. I like to spend some time at a poker table and this song relates to those times around the table. It’s a good tune.
Why is this snowmobile ride meaningful to you?
Love of camps is what I’ve made a career out of. Camps, cabins, and anything to get kids to enjoy the outdoors is well worth it to me. It’s really important to be able to get outdoors and experience camp.
Catch up with Jedi and all our other celebrity riders are this year’s Dysart’s Snowmobile Ride-In to benefit Pine Tree Camp on February 5!