Let me assure you the drive north in Maine is not filled with development or signs – saw nothing but pristine pine trees – did you know that the pine tree is the State Tree?
Arrived at Katahdin Shadows Campground – a medium sized campground with lots of trees and decent size sites – roads and sites are gravel. Was not able to get SAT – so we are roughing it.
Took a ride into town – Millinocket – the bigger town in the area – we are in the middle of nowhere!
Not a whole lot going on – National Park office was closed at 2 – said was open till 4 – and the Baxter State Park VC was open but no dogs allowed in the park so didn’t get too excited about gathering information.
We did walk downtown and got an ice cream cone – busiest store in the area.
Weather is great – low humidity and in the high 70’s.
Monday I headed back to town to see about the National Monument – still closed at 10 AM – so I took off to Baxter State Park – the motto for the park is “Wilderness First – Recreation Second”!
Gravel roads, minimum parking (need permit for each parking area), trails cut through the woods are narrow and it is packed with trees and Mt Katahdin (highest mountain 5,267 feet in Maine) is there.
Drove about 10 miles in and walked part of the Appalachian Trail – this is the northern terminus of the 2,189 mile trail that runs to Georgia. They say the 281 miles in Maine are the toughest section of the AT trail. I did hike to Daicey Pond.
Scenery is spectacular.
Did get my stamp at the National Monument for Mt Katahdin Welcome Center – finally open – no movie yet. The Katahdin Woods and Water NM is new.
Tuesday we took the dogs and headed north – how far north in the US can I get – we made it to Patten – there we visited the Patten Lumbermen’s Museum – what a display as to how they harvested lumber back in the early days of lumbering – celebrating over 175 years of lumbering. Saw a video on moving logs down the Penobscot River in the 1930’s. You could have spent all day perusing the museum. Bangor, Maine was the world’s largest shipping port in the world in the 1830’s.
Then we stopped at the local Craig’s Clam shop and had lunch – clam roll – why not we are in Maine.
Then we drove through the Katahdin Woods and Water National Monument – a loop drive of 17 miles through the area with lots of trees and a rough gravel road. This is a new park created not too long ago and is still in the process of creating a management plan – the main purpose of this park is to celebrate and preserve the timber harvest that was so important in northern Maine.
This area still harvests a lot of timber and you have to remember that the log trucks have the right of way and they are not going to stop for you.
This was definitely “north country” if you want enjoy the isolation and pristine woods. Did not see any mooses!
Wednesday we are off to Eastport, Maine.