Remembering Maine as Our Journey Continues

Jojo and I loved Maine.  The infamous black flies are gone by early August and we had no trouble with them whatsoever.  The 100-Mile Wilderness is speckled with lakes and allowed us to camp next to water every night.  We covered over 205 miles in 26 days for an average of almost eight miles a day.  Not a huge daily total but the elevation changes made it a very respectable accomplishment for us.  Maine can best be described as the land of moose poop and rock stairs.

Stops during the month included White House Landing, James Adams Trail Magic, Shaw’s Hiker Hostel, Caratunk House B&B,  and ended at the Farmhouse.  White House Landing was in the 100-Mile Wilderness.  A short side trail took us to a boat dock in the middle of nowhere where you call for a boat shuttle from the owners.  A short boat ride ends with us being dropped off at a fishing and snowmobile camp.  If you get there before the strict 5 p.m. dinner time you can be treated to my favorite hamburger on the trail.  But again, you must be there before dinner prep begins to get your order in.

James Adams Trail Magic is a dad and friend who celebrates the life of one we’ve lost.  Just a short walk from the trail and you are treated to a meal and drink.  Their cabin has a million-dollar view of the mountain where he scattered his ashes.  They were featured in Backpacker magazine in January 2017 if you want to check them out.

Shaw’s, Caratunk, and Farmhouse were great stops.  Shaw’s was packed with hikers we knew and others we hiked with over the next several weeks.  Caratunk is known for its pulled pork sandwiches and milkshakes.  The Farmhouse was a good stop for both its room decor and proximity to the 12th best bowling in America.

More to come… September, October, and November updates to follow.  We are now back on the trail and hope to finish before mid April of 2018.

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