October 11, 2012

Aroostook State Park

Today's mission is exploring 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 settles behind a cloud-filled sky as we tighten up our Hyperlite Mountain Gear packs.  This last short-sleeve adventure of 2012 is one I'll surely look back upon with fondness while ice fishing in three months (as I freeze my cheeks off).

The unmatched beauty of Northern Maine is apparent throughout the park. Steep elevations greet you no matter the trail choice. From the tranquil lake shores to 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 first peak, we enjoy summit views that reveal miles of panoramic potato fields in full blossom. Each field is met with a horizon line of tall pine trees. Field roads of dirt and rock 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 later settle in at a wooded tent site and, as always, spark a fire. 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...






9 comments:

Tim said...

that last photo is killer, Rhon.

Rhon Bell said...

Tim,

I wish I could take credit for it, but my girlfriend had the camera around HER neck the entire trip. I've passed along your kind word and she's excited you like it. We love your photos.

-Rhon

Anonymous said...

Happy trails! Looks peaceful.
Tracy

randall said...

Was just in Portland last weekend, but I've got an aunt from Mars Hill. I've really got to make a trip up that way one of these days.

Rhon Bell said...

Tracy, thanks! Take care.

Rhon

Rhon Bell said...

Randall,

Mars Hill is only 15 min from the park. I dated a girl from there once. Hope you enjoyed Portland and made it up to LLBean!

Rhon

Chris Adamiak said...

hey Man, I know you put your personal touches on that S&N axe, however seems a little large brother. Have you considered a Gränsfors Bruks SFA. A touch easier to pack and handle on those day hikes, That beast looks like its ready to clear-cut the whole park.

Rhon Bell said...

Hey Chris,

Haha... she surely is a heavier option, but as of now it's my best option available. I would love to eventually invest in a Granafors axe. Hope all is well my man.

Rhon

Chris Adamiak said...

All is great. same to you! The SFA is such a thing of functional beauty. It works with surgical precision. I went camping with my Dad who heated our house for 20 years with nothing but wood, hand splitting it all. He was blown away by how easy it chops wood like hot butter. I would say some soft woods you can blow through 3" diameter in one swing. Best $120 you would ever spend.