Taking in the sights as we meander back home
Trip Start Aug 19, 2013
13Trip End Aug 24, 2013
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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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