Sunday, December 8, 2013
Today I explore the Northernmost state park in the East. Aroostook State Park is located at the tip of Maine and touts the honor of being Maine's first state park (about 5 hours North of Portland). The sun rises behind a cloud-filled sky as we tighten up our packs. This last short-sleeve adventure of 2013 is one I'll surely look back upon with fondness while ice fishing in three months...
The unmatched beauty of Northern Maine is apparent throughout the park. The entrance to the park has views to the peak foliage of Quaggy Jo Mountain and the calm waters of Echo Lake. Steep elevations greet you no matter the trail choice. From the tranquil lake shores and the remote campsites, we rest assured that this is God's Country. The summer crowd has vacated the park leaving only a handful of nature lovers.
Plopping onto the one bench atop the North peak, we enjoy summit views that reveal miles of panoramic potato fields. Each field we see is divided with a solid line of tall pine trees. Dirt field roads cut through each plot of farmland surrounding this sleepy town of Presque Isle. Luckily as a kid I was able to call this place my home.
With sweaty brows and hungry stomachs, we set off for a short hike over to South Peak before descending to our quiet camp site. The spot we chose is a wooded tenting spot and as always, we spark a fire to take off the chills. Our stomach grumblings are soon satisfied with a simple camp meal of beans, brown bread and hot dogs. As the evening air settles in, we are reminded that snow is in the not-so-distant future and like everything in life - we should make the best of this and enjoy each moment. Until next time...
Theresa's - You have to step away from the campfire for breakfast and find Theresa's. It doesn't have a website because it doesn't need one. Main Street across from Rite Aid. You'll be glad you did.
Grammy's Country Kitchen - On your way home, before you hit 95 - go to Grammy's in Linneus, ME. Portions won't fit on the plate and it's home-cooked like Grandma used to make. That's a promise.
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.