for our last great maine adventure, derek took off work so we could spend a day hiking and canoeing in baxter state park. but first, we needed to fill up on a big fat lunch at a local restaurant. i’m glad we did, because we were able to purchase a trail map while we were there and figure out our exact game plan on the way to the park.
our best attempt at getting the kids pic taken was this. anna was mad at me because i was mad at her for bumping into me while i stood on that log, causing me to have to step down into icy cold water up to my ankles, BEFORE the hiking even started. technically before we even entered the park.
the kids agreed to try canoeing. scratch that. anna and hazel agreed. isaac freaked out. we eventually talked him into it, but then anna started worrying about all the things that isaac was suggesting might happen. so, shortly after rowing away from the dock, this was my view. (and a screaming child was the soundtrack).
after our canoeing expedition, we chose a hike that took us along a bit of the appalachian trail, out to a couple of waterfalls, called “big niagara falls” and “little niagara falls”. it smelled like christmas.
we actually didn’t get to stay at the falls very long, because it was getting late and we had a 1.2 mile hike back out. we weren’t super excited about possibly being in the maine woods at dark. so, off we went. we did stop to climb and explore a bit more on the way out.
towards the end of the hike, we let hazel out of the backpack so she could get some hiking in. she immediately fell several times and then cried the rest of the way out, while i carried her. it was a mess.
i took this parting shot of the trail sign, to prove that we were on part of the appalachian trail. the end of the trail is just a few miles away, at the top of mount katahdin. that hike is for experienced folk only and takes about 11 hours round trip. kids aren’t allowed past the tree line. maybe someday….
i forgot an important story and to squeeze it in where it belongs would require changing a bunch of captions. the path from the entrance to the park to where we started at daicey pond was pretty long and passed by a number of trailheads for serious hikes up the mountains. we started to pass a very straggly looking fellow, who turned and threw up a thumb, hoping for a ride. we realized he was an appalachian trail hiker (giant backpack, legit hiking gear, long beard, etcetera), and he confirmed when we pulled over to squeeze him in. he had reached mount katahdin that morning and had just come back down and wanted to get to a ranger station a few miles away. he rode in the front and answered all of the questions we peppered him with regarding his travels. the kids didn’t really seem to notice that we had loaded an odd looking stranger into our car, which i think is pretty telling of their flexibility at this point on the lidbom rambling road show. anyhow, we dropped him off and continued on our way, thankful for the experience of having met him and chatted with him. his name was tao.
so. that was our day.
we drove home in the dark. grabbed some dinner. packed up the camper. and pulled out the next morning to make our way back south. i love maine. it’s my favorite so far.