Friday, July 9, 2010

Maine Minutiae : The Greatest Mountain

The photo above is of the highest mountain in Maine. Reaching towards Heaven at 5267 feet above sea level is Mount Katahdin, "The Greatest Mountain" as named by the Penobscot Indians. The original Native Americans that lived in the area near Mount Katahdin believed the mountain was the home of the Storm God, Pamola, and stayed away from the place. Mount K is the dominating feature of Baxter State Park in North Central Maine about 75 miles northwest of Bangor. this 202,064 acre jewel of The Pine Tree State is named for former Governor Percival P. Baxter, who left the land for the park to the state as his legacy for his love of Maine's natural beauty. There are over 200 miles of trails within Baxter State Park that are perfect for hiking in the summer and snowshoeing or snowmobiling in the winter. Speaking of weather (what a segue !), the park is known for its extremely variable weather. It can snow any day of the year. Temperatures as low as 45 degrees below zero have been recording at Mount Katahdin. As the Boy Scouts say, "be prepared". Besides bear, moose and deer, Baxter State Park offers some outstanding trout fishin'. Gorgeous Baxter State Park and Mount Katahdin - quite a couple.

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