Sunday, July 6, 2008
Summer Trip Tik Day #8
On Saturday. after another gorgeous morning lounging over coffee on the scenic front patio, we took a drive to Mount Battie at Camden Hills State Park. It's a 5,700 acre park just north of downtown Camden. Boasting over 30 miles of scenic trails, the park began to take shape in the 1930's, when the federal government purchased land in 24 states to help farmers whose lands were not producing.
We first ascended the mountain by car, to the top of Mount Battie, which overlooks Camden Harbor. The panoramic scenery is awesome, and you are amazed by the number of islands that dot the horizon. We could see Acadia National Park in Bar Harbour from this vantage point. We chose a short hike along the shoreline, which took us to the edge of Penobscot Bay. When we climbed down the embankment, we spent some time finding rocks and shells, and throwing rocks into the sea. Then, eureka, Hannah found a piece of sea glass!
A good hike wouldn't be complete without the reward of a little ice cream and window shopping in Camden. Who am I kidding, I don't window shop! Rather, I was excited to discover a fab leather shop, with an incredible array of leather purses - messengers, backpacks, fanny packs, hobos, you name it. My quest for a small messenger style bag has been accomplished, along with a beaded pair of Minnetonka sandals. Taryn hit the mother load, with a 60% off Betsey Johnson bag.
We vowed to return for a whole day in Camden, for more consumption and touring of the beautiful surrounding homes. This town reminds me of a New England version of Tarrytown and Irvington. Paul was right, Camden is Naples and Rockland is Fort Myers.
Evening found us back on the patio, dining on grilled steak and corn cobs. Ahhhh, the life.