Taking in the sights as we meander back home

Trip Start Aug 19, 2013
Trip End Aug 24, 2013

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Mount Battie Camden
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Maine
Friday, August 23, 2013

Packing camp this morning, we remark how most people who come to Camden stay in picture perfect B&B's or gloriously romantic victorian inns. We laugh at this as we put away our tin coffee maker, Coleman lantern and roll up our tent and know that food tastes even better out in the wild. Amazingly, we have another fantastic day of sunshine and warmth, with zero humidity. Superb weather. 

We are up early and decide to visit the summit of Mt. Battie, an 800' mountain situated overlooking Camden Harbor. Unfortunately, as we aim to get home before sundown, we didn't have time for the one hour climb, nor the inclination today, so we joined the majority of tourists and drove to the summit, the centerpiece of Camden Hills State Park. Lame I know, but sometimes, you just can't fit everything in. I'll definitely camp here again. So close to downtown Camden, another picturesque DownEast town with colorful and stately historic homes, a lively arts scene and an active sailing community

From the summit, you can look down on all of this. I have to say, it's one of the most charming, most picturesque views I've ever looked upon. Church steeples rise over curved streets while sailboats emerge from the tiny port in Camden, while hundreds of green islands dot West Penobscot Harbor. This view is breathtaking, and since we were blessed with such clear weather, we were able to see all the way across the Penobscot to Bar Harbor, with a view of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. Absolutely gorgeous!

There's a small memorial tower you can climb, which makes the views even more stunning by expanding it to 360 degrees. Perhaps local poet Edna St. Vincent Millay's words are best, from her poem Renascence: 

All I could see from where I stood 
Was three long mountains and a wood; 
I turned and looked another way, 
And saw three islands in a bay. 

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