Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Baxter State Park ME

Sept 17, 2012 Mon
I decided to visit Baxter State Park before I started back tracking to VT to do some leaf peeping.
Baxter SP is home to Mount Katahdin. The highest peak in ME at 5,267 ft.
Baxter SP is a little over 200,000 acres. It was the intent of the former Governor of Maine Percival Proctor Baxter that the park be kept in its original natural state for eternity. There are primitive tent only campgrounds. There is no running water in the park. There are no dogs, motorcycles, or OHVs allowed in the park. It is primarily a hiking park, but there are day use areas for folks like me just passing through. The road through the park is unpaved, winding, narrow and steep in places. Often there is only room for one car. When you enter the park the gate person lets you know it will be a minimum of four hours to the opposite entrance. There is a 20 mph speed limit and 10 mph in places. If you stop and take a lot of photos like me it’s an all day affair. I was hoping to find a Moose, but I just found some pretty scenery.
Oh well.

On the road that leads to the park.
I can't decide if this is just nice graffiti or a nice painting on a rock.

Ledge Falls
Abol Stream Bridge
I saw a Northern Waterthrush here, but didn't get a photo.

Typical scene in Baxter State Park
Stump Pond

Mount Katahdin from the southern entrance to the park 5,267 ft
Mount Katahdin from near Patten ME 5,267 ft
You go through Patten after you exit the northern end of the park

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Acadia NP Wildlife

Sept 13, 2012 Thurs
I did find some wildlife during my stay at Acadia NP.
Common Eider
Belted Kingfisher
Herring Gull
Wild Turkeys - RUN RUN
White tailed deer playing with her apple
I'll just play toss and fetch with myself

In and around Mt. Desert Island ME

13, 2012 Thurs
There were other attractions around Mt. Desert Island besides the beautiful Acadia coast line.
Creek near Bubble Pond - Acadia NP ME
Back Bay - Acadia NP ME
Prospect Harbor Light - ME
Winter Harbor Light - ME
One of many stone bridges in the park. Most are too low to drive an RV under.

Tanks Lake ME
Footbridge at Somesville ME
The Margaret Todd - Bar Habor ME

Acadia National Park's Rocky Shoreline

Sept 13, 2012 Thurs
I’ve been in and around Acadia National Park for several days. I’ve had good weather and bad. The park is a scenic wonder. The pine forests and rocky shores are every bit as beautiful as I’ve always imagined. Here are a few examples.
6:30 AM - First light on the coast of Maine - Acadia NP
Sunrise over the Atlantic - Acadia National Park
Schoodic Penninsula - Acadia National Park ME
Schoodic Penninsula - Acadia National Park ME
Schoodic Penninsula - Acadia National Park ME

Arrived at Acadia National Park ME

Sept 4, 2012 Tue
I arrived at Acadia National Park today. It’s raining and is supposed to rain all day tomorrow. Some times that kind of weather provides some interesting skies, but so far it’s just gray.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Hanging out in the mountains of Northern Maine

Aug 29, 2012 Wed
I decided to hide out in the mountains of Northern Maine until the Labor Day craziness has passed. I’ve been playing along the Maine - New Hampshire boarder. I’ve been driving the back roads in the area and exploring the White Mountain National Forest. I have found some beautiful scenic drives, interesting architecture, and a couple of covered bridges.
I found the sign, but not the moose
Screw Auger Falls in Grafton Notch State Park ME
Road side park on highway 17 ME
Crocker Pond in The White Mountains National Forest
Mooselookmeguntic Lake from the Height of Land turnout on highway 17 ME
Andover Town Hall ME
Private Residence - Typical architecture in the area
Sunday River Covered Bridge Near Bethal ME
Lovejoy Covered Bridge - Andover ME