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Aug 4, 2018 - AT Hike Days 163 - 169. Monson - Baxter State Park 109.6 miles

7/27. Stealth 2088.8. 12.4 7/28. Chairback Gap Shelter 2102.4 13.6 7/29. Sidney Tappan campsite 2114.2 11.8 7/30. Stealth 2134.7 20.5 7/31. Crescent pond 2156.5. 21.8 8/1. Abol campground 2175.9 19.4 8/2. Birches. 2186. 10.1 We had a great time at Shaw’s hostel in Monson - another small town barely kept alive by limited logging and a little tourism. Shaw’s is a popular stop for hikers and we knew all the NOBO’s that were there (as opposed to SouthBounders whom had just started their hikes). The owners winter in Florida not far from...

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Aug 4, 2018 - AT Hike Final Day - Katadhin! 5.2 up & 6.0 down

8/3. Katadhin 2191.9 5.2 plus 6.0 down Abol trail Finally the big day. After a sleepless night at the Birches shelter (reserved for NOBOs only) we got started at 5:30 am and already 7 people had signed in ahead of us! We climbed over 4000 feet in 5 miles and basically charged up that mountain - and finally I passed other hikers. I had only a daypack - Gordon of course insisted on wearing his full heavy pack. We took 4 hours to reach the summit although it felt much shorter. Lots of commotion at the top as other hikers showed up, pictures,...

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Sep 12, 2017 - Baxter State Park

September 12, 2017 - Millinocket and Ponds Hike We arrived in Millinocket, Maine, about 25 miles south of Baxter State Park, home to the highest peak in Maine, Mt. Katahdin. We are staying at Wilderness Edge Campground, a less than perfect spot though the closest to the park. We are in site 12 that has 30 amp electric and water. The site is barely big enough for us and Bob had to jockey the coach around in order to fit in. The hosts offered to let us park the Jeep in Site 13 for no extra charge. When we walked around, we saw other sites...

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Aug 8, 2012 - Last full day as it turned out

We got up in the morning, actually a little less sore than we thought we would be. We moved slow, then decided to drive to town to get ice. We stopped at one of the only gift stores to pick up a wooden plaque saying "Katahdin Baxter Peak" to hang when we get home. The kids picked up a few last things, and I realized I didn't have my wallet. We drove to the Katahdin Inn and Suites and found we could get a room for under $100. We were worried because there was a 50% chance of showers overnight, and 70% for the next morning. We didn't want...

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Aug 7, 2012 - Up up and away!

We got everyone up by 5:30 so we could be on the trail by 6:30. We had cheesy scrambled eggs and bacon. I was almost too nervous to eat! It was chilly, it had gone down into the 40's at night, so we had on sweatshirts to start, but had them off after the first mile. The first part of the hike was 3.3 miles, and was only 1300 feet in elevation change, so I thought it would be easy. It still took us 3 hours, and was not as easy as I thought. VERY VERY rocky, big rocks, little rocks, lots of rocks over the path. We relaxed for 20 minutes or...

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Aug 6, 2012 - In town and around the park

Today we got up and after breakfast headed into "town" To get to Millinocket proper, and visit the park headquarters took almost an hour. We bought 2 books for the kids there, one a book of tales about Chimney Pond that Andrew loved. We stopped to get ice and gas, and I went into the Dunkin Donuts at the gas station to grab us all a donut and left my wallet in the bathroom. (Didn't realize it for 2 more days though). We got back into the park, and headed to the opposite side of the park to Daicy Pond. We rented a canoe and a kayak. It's $1...

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Aug 5, 2012 - Getting settled in Baxter

Joe and I got up at 6 and walked into the pond to look for Moose at the pond. We hung there for over 2 hours and didn't see any. Met a nice couple from Maine that we whisper talked to for a little bit. Just enjoyed the beauty. After lunch we herded the kids and got ready to hike South Turner Mountain. Why I didn't think this was an actual mountain I'm not sure. Stopped at the pond at the "big rock" observation and watched for moose for a bit. Didn't see anything. Continued around the pond to the last observation place, a small wooded...

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Aug 4, 2012 - Arrive at Baxter State Park

We got up and on our way out of Bangor drove around and found Stephen Kings house. We drove 8 miles out of town, then used my smart phone to google a better address (his actual address) to find it. Drove back into town and saw it, as well as the big Paul Bunyan statue in town. Loaded up on groceries at Hannafords and headed deeper into Maine. Baxter is unlike any other park or forest we've ever been in. It is over 200,000 acres. There is one gravel road that runs through the entire park. One. We got to the first ranger station/welcome...

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Aug 2, 2011 - On the move again!

Hello all! Once again I am taking off for another trip abroad (Uganda this time), but not for nearly as long as previous trips. A few people have asked if I was going to do my blog again so I figured – why not? If you no longer want to receive these emails I apologize and please unsubscribe to the mailing list. Otherwise, read on! Before I begin about my new adventure(s) I will give you a quick recap about what I have been up to since I returned from Vietnam/S.E. Asia about a year and a half ago and my most recent escapades… April...

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May 24, 2005 - Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park, a wilderness area of 202,064 acres, was a gift to the State of Maine by former Gov. Percival P. Baxter. In 1930 he made his first land purchase of 5,960 acres which included Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine. This land was given to the State in 1931. The state designated the area as Baxter State Park and the summit of Katahdin was named "Baxter Peak" in his honour. His final gift of 7,764 acres was made in 1962. The park is located in the North western area of Maine and is a true wilderness park. We headed into the...

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