Turkey Tracks: October 24, 2013
Moosehead Lake, Fall foliage, Greenville, Maine
Sister Susan Heath came for a week on October 6th to see our beautiful Maine fall foliage.
I found a “fall foliage” suggested route on the Downeast Magazine web site that took us up north to the famed Moosehead Lake area. We decided we would stay a night in Greenville, which sits at one tip of the lake. Our destination–halfway around the suggested route–would be the Captain Sawyer Inn.
So, we set off on Wednesday morning–the car packed with warm clothes in case we needed them and a cooler filled with food we could both eat. It was a beautiful fall day, and the tree colors up north were said to be at their “peak” intensity. (Our leaves here on the coast were just starting to turn in earnest.)
North of Waterville, which is about an hour from Camden, we started up a scenic highway, 201. And, it was very pretty. We stopped several times to take pictures as the Kennebec (or some of its tributaries) ran alongside the road all the way up to Jackman. you can see that these trees are not at full peak yet, but they were starting to be really pretty.
Here’s where we stopped for our picnic. This stretch of the river was damed years ago down in Skowhegan for electricity. In the process, a whole village was flooded and people had to relocated in the name of progress. Susan could not get over how much water there is in Maine–rivers, creeks, lakes, ponds, mudpuddles. Maine was gouged out by the retreating glaciers, which made all of our beautiful water features.
There were a half-dozen picnic tables scattered across this pretty little park.
Up near Jackman, we stopped at this amazing view. That’s Canada starting in those mountains. And the start of the Appalachian Trail is just a few miles north of Greenville, at Mount Katahdin.
Sadly, Susan, who takes far better pictures than I do, lost all of her pictures in a technical glitch. Among them was a great picture of the sunset over Moosehead Lake. That means another trip up there to take the picture again!!!
At Jackman we turned north and drove along the lake to Greenville. The Inn was delightful, and the town had some shops selling lots of products made by local artists. I WISH NOW that I had bought one of the wooden picture pieces–where the artist fitted together a north country scene out of painted wooden pieces. So many of these products were so very different from anything else I’ve seen in Maine.
The leaves were gone up here though–blown off by a storm that came through two days before we left for our drive. And our trees, which are very late this year, are only now, on October 24th, in all their magnificent full color.
We stopped in Belfast for another picnic on our way home. Belfast is just above Camden on the coast. Belfast and Searsport, the next town north on the coast, were major sites for ship captains to sail into when transport was best served by boats. Searsport has dozens of huge sea captain homes as a legacy of that time.
Belfast has done a lot of work on their harbor park in recent years. It’s quite lovely and very inviting. As you see, we had another gorgeous day.
Here’s Sue again:
On the way home I took Susan up to Point Lookout, where the woods and the view are lovely. (I will be eating Thanksgiving dinner up here.) Susan took this picture with my camera.
It was a good trip. One I will make again I hope.
We ate the rest of our cooler food, which was delicious, for dinner.