Sunday, December 8, 2013
Just joining us? In my last post we set out for a multi-day kayak trip near Baxter State Park. We wake with this morning, humidity filling the air - an ideal time to wade out onto our private sand beach in the Maine wilderness for a quick and refreshing dip in the warm, summer waters. We'd paddled hard yesterday and this is a relaxing break.
We set out for a 10 mile paddle after breakfast, exploring shorelines for any remnants of the past and stopping to load any downed trees for firewood. Not one other person is seen or heard all day - this is truly a secluded piece of nature. Before long, loons wake up from their slumber and begin swimming past our kayaks.
Heading back to camp, we boil up some hotdogs and beans - typical Maine camp lunch. It's truly hard to describe going an entire day without seeing other people. For a true outrdoors lover, it's music to the ears. However, this day in age, it's become nearly impossible to escape society and relax. For those who haven't - trust me, it's enjoyable.
Clouds roll in as evening approaches. Pulling sausages off a well-used grate left at the campsite, we enjoy dinner and take one last dip of the day in the lake with the dog, enjoying what looks to be the the last full day of sunshine. The clouds moving in look to be brining a day of rain. We dry off by the campfire, telling stories and listening to the chorus of loons we spotted earlier in the day.
I think tomorrow we'll throw on our rain jackets and explore the Ice Caves... join me next time!
Rhon Bell, an outdoor enthusiast, spends his time exploring the Maine Woods and documenting his journeys.
Growing up in Aroostook County, he embraced the outdoor lifestyle at a young age. Living today near Portland, he spends weekends and week-long adventures hiking New England summits, canoeing the historic Maine waterways, and ice fishing for lake trout.
Follow the journey as Window to the Woods discovers new destinations, and check out his other blog, Backwoods Plaid.