Thursday, September 9, 2010

Baxter Park Bound!!

I am leaving for 4 days of hiking and backcountry camping in Baxter State Park.  I am really excited, Baxter Park is one of the most awesome places in the world.  I usually spend a lot of time there in the winter (3 times this past winter: Trip 1, Trip 2, Trip 3).  This is my first summer/fall trip in a long while.
Chimney Pond, at the base of Katahdin
I get to hang out with one of my good friends from Forestry grad school, Erin.  She works for the US Forest Service in New Hampshire and is awesome, I can't wait to see her.  Also, she planned all the food and that is good, because I like to eat.

I am meeting Erin tonight after work and then we are driving to the park from there.  We have a campsite at a park campground Roaring Brook, which is the only campsite that we will be driving to.  The rest of the trip we are carrying everything we need (food, sleeping bags, food, tent, stove, fuel, water, you name it) on our backs to remote campsites. 

We are figuring on about 30-35 miles of hiking over the next 4 days.  This is going to be awesome, I really need to get away from the hustle and bustle of Caratunk (you saw what rush hour was like around here!)

A few more things before I sign off for a few days...

I wanted to thank Luke, Christy, and Anne Marie for your tags and awards - I will be putting them together for a scheduled Sunday post while I am at Baxter - my first scheduled post, we will see if it works!

A HUGE thank you to Jeff and his wife Annie from Bailey.  They sent him a special present from Texas!
Mmmmm...bone!!...and 70's shag rug.  Can't wait to rip that baby out!
I will report to you all when I get back!

28 comments:

Matty O said...

Have an AWESOME time !!! jealous!

T S said...

Have a fabulous time hiking and enjoying the outdoors - it looks beautiful. I am sure you will be glad to escape that crazy rush hour traffic at home : )

Stephanie said...

A big hello to Ranger Rob at Chimney Pond! Take lots of pics, you go girl!

Quinton J said...

Have a wicked awesome time and take tons of pics.

Emz said...

You are amazing!! 4 days of hiking?! I'm sure my hubby wishes he had married YOU! ;)

Angie Bishop said...

Have a wonderful time!!!!

Runners Fuel said...

Have a great trip!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Have a fabulous vacation!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Heard great things about Baxter, looking forward to reading all about it.

misszippy said...

That looks amazing! Have a fantastic time and enjoy every minute of it!

She said I need a goal said...

Sounds like a PERFECT trip!! have fun and I look forward to the update when you get back.

Chubby said...

It took me days of thinking "CaratunkCaratunkCaratunk" to myself after finding your blog to place it: the Kennebec crossing of the AT. Maine was the best part of the whole trail, hands down. The shelter that's just south of the crossing was one of my favorite overnights. A truly wonderful place to live.

Have an awesome trip and give my regards to Katahdin for me. (My friend from MO thought it was "Cat-a-din." Snerk.)

Lake_Moxie_Mom said...

Have a blast!!!! You're going to have sooo much fun!!!

Christy said...

Have a great trip and you're welcome! ;-)

Andrew Opala said...

Enjoy ... and tell me when I can pick up the rug. I'm redoing the guest bedroom. Just need some lava lamps, and a nice velvet Elvis Presley picture and I'm done.

Luke said...

I hope you have a great time! I am jealous. Hopefully i'll make into the back country myself this weekend.

Looked at your last trip posts. I think camping in the snow is nuts, but I have also wanted to take a NOLS winter camping/back country snowboarding class for a long time now so taht I could experience it.

Christi said...

Have a great trip!

Regina said...

I wish blogs had jealous buttons...

DRog said...

Enjoy Baxter! it looks like one of the most awesome places in the world:)

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

I am soooo jealous! Have an amazing time! :)

Patrick Mahoney said...

I need to find some old photos from up on knife's edge...

Midwestern Dot said...

Have fun! Can't wait to hear about it!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Have a blast, you deserve it

Ironman By Thirty said...

Have fun!!! I'll be camping this weekend as well (at IMWI), but I'm not going to be roughing it like you :) I do sort of miss the hiking/camping/canoe trips I did back in Boy Scouts. Maybe next summer I can convince the Mrs.

Anne-Marie said...

I'm super jealous. Hope you have (had?) an awesome trip!! It looks gorgeous there -- the skiing looks amazing. Seeing pictures like this sometimes make me question why I choose to live in Pittsburgh...

Zaneta said...

YAY for fun trips!! I hope you have a blast!

JudyMac said...

Sounds like my kind of holiday. :)

Have a fantastic time with Erin and Bailey, and enjoy the campfires!

Glenn Jones said...

Hope your having a fantastic weekend! Brin back some phtographic proof please!