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Trip Report The rain in Maine stays, mainly - a trip report

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We are two 40somethings and two 16 year olds, and this was our first trip to Maine. We flew in and out of Portland and were delayed one hour going and four hours coming due to weather. In between, we encountered various forms of rain and humidity during our ten days in Maine. But, we enjoyed ourselves for the most part!

The coast of Maine was disappointing mainly because we didn't get to see it. Literally rained non-stop and when it did lighten to a drizzle we still had the socked in fog. Made it impossible to see the coast, see the outlying islands. No point in going to the tops of mountains for the views...there was no view. But, we did make the most of it. We went to Acadia National Park, and hiked to Great Head from Sand Beach. Actually, I'm sure the weather made the waves all the more dramatic! It was beautiful and we spent alot of time out there. Saw Otter Cliffs, Little Hunter's Beach. We had lunch at Jordan Pond House...but could not see the Bubbles. Oh, well...will have to come back some day! The rain did make all of the trees very green! We visited a couple of lighthouses (at Fort Point near Searsport and Owl's Head near Rockland); enjoyed lobster rolls, Fenway franks, and blueberry icecream at Red's in Wiscasset. The little coastal towns are pretty cool (loved Camden and Belfast) and all of the Mainers are Red Sox fans, so that made us feel like we belonged! Lots of Maine-made attitude...everything is "green", no billboards, and they seem to have a lot of pride in their state.

Our time in the Maine woods was interesting. We were in the Katahdin Region, and it was just about as remote as can be. We were in a beautiful log cabin in Mt. Chase, which is on the east side of Baxter State Park. The boys fished in one of the nearby ponds. We spent a day in Baxter SP, which is 200,000+ acres. It is as primitive a park as I'd ever seen. One way dirt road throughout...no running water...untouched, really. We kayaked on South Branch Pond (all the lakes are ponds!), hiked to a couple of waterfalls (South Branch and Little Niagra) and slid down a natural slide at Ledge Falls (lots of fun). The Appalachian Trail ends here, so we got to hike a small part of that near Daicey Pond. The bugs were FIERCE at the waterfalls...hopefully it's not like that all of the time. Really beautiful up there, but continued to rain every day, with only a few sunny breakthroughs.

While up there, we also went on a white-water rafting excursion on the Penobscot River. All day thing. Wore wet suits and helmets and big life preservers, so I was feeling pretty brave. Three class five rapids and most of the rest seemed to be 3 or 4. Quite exhilarating. Until the very last rapid of the day, when my whole family fell out of the raft. Can't wait to get the video!

Then, we were on to another cabin in Western Maine, near the New Hampshire border (in Bridgton on Moose Pond). Though the cabin was not nearly as nice, it was all worth it for the fishing, sayeth the boys. Good location, too...loved Bridgton and nearby Sebago Lake. We spent a rainy day in NH with the boys doing one of those obstacle course zipline things (Monkey Trunks in Chocorua). They thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We also did a little shopping in North Conway and ate at Horsefeathers. The very last day, we spent driving the White Mountain National Forest of NH (Conway round trip - Kancamangus and Hwy 302 loop). Lo, and behold, God parted the clouds and we had a glorious, sunny day. It was our only day of no rain. It was a beautiful drive, and we stopped along the way to see a few waterfalls (Lower Falls, Rocky Gorge, Sabbaday, Flume/Silver Cascades, Diana's Baths - the best) , see a couple of covered bridges, and rode a gondola to the top of Cannon Mountain for awesome views.

I love NH (the sun helped!) and would love to go back some day because we didn't have enough time there. Maine: I'd love to give it another shot. Maybe in the fall. Saw only one black speck of a moose across a lake, three deer, a beautiful fox and a dead skunk on the side of the road...pee-u! Saw lots of beautiful wildflowers (Lupine, Indian Paintbrushes) and ate some great fudge and "needhams"...a candy with mashed potatoes and coconut covered with chocolate.

Thanks to everyone for their insight...these forums are invaluable!

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