Revisiting The Appalachian Trail- Baxter State Park, Maine

On September 30th we headed for Maine and the fall colors were at their peak, it was a sea of reds, yellows and orange all day long. We drove to Beaver Brook Campground about 20 miles off the main highway, and way out in the middle of nowhere. They had never seen an RV this big, 45 ft she thought included the tow car. Thank goodness we were the only ones there because in the morning it took some maneuvering to get out past the trees and narrow dirt road.

We arrived at Katahdin Shadows Campground near Millinocket, Maine on October 1st only 16 miles from Baxter State Park and Mt Katahdin. We drove there and hiked up to view the Katahdin Stream waterfalls and then to Daicey Pond to catch the sunset. It was my 12 year anniversary of my thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail which I finished on Oct 2nd, 2001, on the top of Mt Katahdin completing my 6 month epic journey. We decided that it was meant to be; so on Oct 2nd, 2013, we climbed Mt Katahdin once again to begin our NEW epic journey. Always after a big hiking day the most important thing on your mind is food and beer, the best place to stop in Millinocket is the Appalachian Trail Cafe, where we feasted on veggie burritos and veggie burgers. I even got to sign my trail name, Ricepaddy, to the 2001 AT thru-hikers ceiling tile.