Campah goes to Baxter (Maine)

IMG_2098We loaded Campah and the truck on July 14th and headed 150 miles north in Maine to the beginning of the East Branch Penobscot River. I, with my wife Deb and my cousin Sherry and her husband Craig. We stayed at Matagammon Camp Ground and it is remote. It is boondocking only but there is a dump station and a place to get fresh drinking water. It was awesome with connectivity to the world pretty much shut off. (No cell service but the main lodge does have free wi-fi).

Even though I have 2 batteries, I brought the gen because we were staying 4 days just in case. As it turned out, this was perfect for cutting firewood with the electric chain saw. Our gen is a Champion 3100 Inverter that is very reliable and quiet. Also, the gen is powerful enough to run our AC if we need it. But in Maine (especially northern Maine) and on water, it is very rare to ever need AC.

Baxter does not allow TT campers, so this campground is just outside the park. Another added advantage is Maine residence do not have to pay a fee in the park. We hiked a great trail on Horse Mtn. We saw bear scat, blueberries, and great views at the summit. It is a relatively easy climb to 2200 feet. The deer & horse flies were numerous. After our hike we affectionately referred to the Mountain as Horse Fly Mtn. Humidity was up so when we reached base camp, a swim in the river was in order!

Our second full day had us drive in with our kayaks to South Branch Pond. The northern part of the park is a hidden gem since most visitors spend their time in the south part near the famed Mt. Katahdin. We did both South Branch and Upper South Branch pond (requires an easy portage or lining the kayaks through the narrows). Spectacular views afforded us down the valley towards Katahdin. Also, the ponds are nestled between two beautiful mountain ridges and awesome rock ledges.

We reluctantly packed up on July 17th and headed home. Just a note on the front of a possible National Forest/Park/Monument. There are posters everywhere for and against the idea. Personally, I like the idea but it is a complicated issue. And it is compounded by what I see as the “Trump issue”. But for a wilderness escape, this was just what Pamola ordered


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