Maine trip - any ideas?

  • Johndle

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    Jul 06, 2016 2:19 AM GMT
    Will be going to Maine in August! Please help me plan the trip. Going to Millinocket and Baxter State Park to the end/beginning of the Appalachian Trail first. Hope to visit some light houses on the way back south, hike to top of some mountains, whale watch, and eat local food - Lobster and the sort...

    Any good or bad ideas not to try?
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    Jul 07, 2016 6:08 AM GMT
    By August the biting insects inland should be dieing off so inland visits for hikes n stuff should be considered. That's late in the nesting season so a lot of the birds will have moved out already but coastal bird watching should be pretty good. As a kid we would visit my dads WWII Navy buds and had a blast on the coast. They were orchardists, dairy men and in the hospitality bizz on the coast. Old Orchard beach might be a tourist trap now(?) but in the 60's and early 70's it was quaint and fun for a pre teen kid. I even used to hop off the low cliffs into the Atlantic. Couldn't do that now WAY too cold. Talk about shrinkage lol

    Have fun.
  • PJMPortland

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    Jul 07, 2016 8:28 AM GMT
    Have you considered Acadia National Park? Portland headlight is a popular attraction. I live locally in Portland ME so happy to help with suggestions just let me know.
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    Jul 07, 2016 11:29 AM GMT
    My husband and i are just wrapping up a week at a bnb in the penobscot bay area... I wont say where, because i don't think they deserve the free publicity...

    Still, nice little towns, big national park area, away from anything that remotely resembles "hustle and bustle"...

    We'll come back again... Just stay someplace else...
  • Johndle

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    Jul 08, 2016 12:15 AM GMT
    Thanks a lot guys for the tips and insight! Aug 25th - 28th is National Park Service's Birthday (they're free :winkicon_smile.gif But, I've never been to Maine and that's what I'll be doing....
    icon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gifUPDATE - I bought a canoe SO my buddy and I will be paddling at least a day! LOL - packing a lot in that time frame. We'll be testing it until then. And don't worry, I'll be using the canoe for more than just this trip.

    *Acadia sounds like the trail(s) will be on my to-do list. I love taking pictures of nature and landscape and it looks like there are great shots.
    *Old Orchard beach looks great in the pictures for sunrises and swimming! It reminds me of Rehoboth Beach, sorta. Just with colder water.
    *I absolutely want to see the light houses - Portland Head(hehe icon_redface.gif )light looks like it would be great for photos - maybe everyone has one!
    *Penobscot Bay - Were you and you husband on one of the islands? Sure you saw beautiful sunrises there if you didn't sleep in. I'm sorry you didn't have a good stay.

    All helpful! Any time or area good for whale watching? Also, do you know if Maine has a good reputation for gay residents, gay travelers, etc?

    Thank you very much. Hugs!
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    Jul 09, 2016 7:46 PM GMT
    It gets surprisingly cold at night in August. Just say'n.
  • Lanter

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    Jul 09, 2016 8:00 PM GMT
    Wow, I actually grew up going to Maine and am very familiar with the places you are going. So familiar that I too will be in Millinocket and Baxter State Park in Mid to late August. Its especially ironic because Millinocket is not the kind of place very many people go to. haha (although I always love my time there)

    I am not a local, but I have extensive local-like knowledge of both Millinocket and Baxter and Maine in general if you have any questions.

    What trail are you taking up Katahdin? One of the biggest things you should be advised of is that parking lots at the base of the mountain around the trailheads fills up very early. They have cutoff times in which people climbing Katahdin need to have left by, but usually you must have parked hours before that to get a space. It is best if you can get a campsite at Abol, Katahdin Stream, Roaring Brook, or Chimney Pond so you can get an early start and they each host a trailhead heading to the summit. Daicey Pond, Kidney Pond, and Nesowadnehunk all are close enough so campers can get to a trailhead early enough and get a space. But thats it and Nesowadnehunk is the only one with campsites as the other two only have cabins. It is also pushing the envelope in terms of "commute-ability" to Katahadin.

    Hope this helps
  • Johndle

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    Jul 10, 2016 2:27 AM GMT
    bon_pan saidIt gets surprisingly cold at night in August. Just say'n.


    Glad to know. I'll be bringing something to bundle up in at night and I'm sure climbing higher in elevation the windier and cooler (if not colder) it gets!
    I have a day pack that I will be packing with food and probably extra layers! Let's all hope the weather is beautiful while I'm there... If not, I'll be letting you know how eventful my trip was in Sept. after I recover! lol It's a steaming 95 in DC region and in Aug average about 80s so I'm sure we will feel the difference.
  • Johndle

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    Jul 10, 2016 2:36 AM GMT
    Lanter saidOne of the biggest things you should be advised of is that parking lots at the base of the mountain around the trailheads fills up very early. They have cutoff times in which people climbing Katahdin need to have left by, but usually you must have parked hours before that to get a space.


    You've given me a lot to think about for my first time up there. This is very helpful. You don't read that on websites I've found about the region. lol
    By the way - My bad joke of the day... Nesowadnehunk sounds like a super hot Native American's guy. I know JOKE = icon_rolleyes.gif

    Usually when I travel, I wake up super early, especially camping (has to be the hard ground). I hope that will be early enough to beat the crowd and take up space all day! :-P Since you'll be up there, look for MD license plate and that will be us. Again, hope the weather is bearable! Speaking of, hope I see a lot of wildlife. I worked at Chincoteague National Wildlife right after college, and most of the time I took pictures of wildlife during working hours than actual work. Hey, it was ok, I was still taking care of the place!
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    Jul 10, 2016 8:34 PM GMT
    1. take (or buy there) lots of insect repellent. Mosquitoes can be awful. Consider getting a head net (mosquito netting that fits over a hat) to keep no-seeums away.

    2. Consider a trip to Monhegan Island (ferries from 2 coastal towns)
  • Lanter

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    Jul 10, 2016 10:27 PM GMT
    Another thought you might like to consider is getting off 95 in Bangor and taking route 11 up to Millinocket. I avoid 95 while traveling, but I realize the vast majority of folks don't. But going north to Dover-Foxcroft from Bangor and then up rt. 11 is the same if not faster than winding around on 95. Its a lot more scenic and there is a Shaw's in Dover-Foxcroft I stop at for supplies. Shaw's is owned by what we in the mid Atlantic refer to as Acme so its nice to be familiar with the store. The signage and prices are even the same. Once you get to millinocket there are only two grocery stores, a Hannaford and a save a lot, and both are not as equipped as the Shaw's.

    If you are up for a drive you might think about driving all the way up through Baxter and out the north end. That's a long drive on a dirt road though.


    Here's a map of the park for you

    http://www.baxterstateparkauthority.com/maps/campgrounds.htm?file=camping/index.htm&title=Camping%20Pages
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    Jul 11, 2016 2:30 AM GMT
    Consider visiting the Farnsworth Art Museum, in Rockland. They have some good works. (Would have had a large collection of Rockwell Kent, but after he was rejected by locals on grounds of being a Marxist, he donated his entire collection to the Soviet Union.)
  • Johndle

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    Aug 01, 2016 12:48 AM GMT
    Update: Yes, going to Mt. Katahdin! Awesome icon_cool.gif. Get up before the crack of dawn to beat everyone to the trails. It looks like I need to make contact with the park a couple weeks before... even if I don't need to, I don't care.

    Will do this mountain the first day up in ME (well technically second day as 13/14.5 hours drive to get there from MD. Not going to take the canoe. Took it out a few times over the last few weeks and best leave it at home. Will be hiking enough... The next day, while my legs are still in the mood, will go down the coast of ME to Acadia National Park to hike and view the beautiful coastline. Also hiking of course.

    Will tell more as it comes. Any updates from you all would be nice or anyone from ME - best beaches to swim? nude icon_wink.gif. Someone told me Ogunquit with some nudity but, is it risky?

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    Aug 16, 2016 5:11 AM GMT
    For lobster, go to Portland.
  • Johndle

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    Aug 23, 2016 12:12 AM GMT
    icon_biggrin.gif This week is the trip! I cannot wait... BUT I'll wait until after hiking before I eat the plentiful lobsters! Thanks for suggestions. icon_cool.gif
  • Lanter

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    Aug 24, 2016 3:01 AM GMT
    I just returned from Katahdin today. It was very warm there last week, but cooling off a lot and it was supposed to rain this week. But good luck and let us know how it works out!

    Are you camping in the park or staying at a hotel in Millinocket? I was in the office last week and I heard something like that if you are planning to drive in and hike Katahdin you need to be waiting in line at the gatehouse by 5 AM.
  • coolarmydude

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    Aug 24, 2016 4:46 AM GMT
    If you're in Portland, check out Allagash Brewery, and although it's not colorful this time of year, check out the Tree of 40 Fruit at Thompson's Point.

    My friends live in Falmouth, near Portland.