This little guy (and that big girl for that matter) completed the biggest/longest/steepest hikes of their lives to date! Before Julian, I wasn’t an outdoorsy person at all. Now I find myself constantly trying to burn through a large amount of 6 year old energy on the daily. I still wouldn’t say I am an outdoorsy person, but boy am I trying to be and luckily I’m enjoying it. The weather has finally started turning here and with a gorgeous Saturday ahead of us with no plans (a rare treasure among these busy months) we decided an adventure was to be had! Camden, ME is an easy 1 1/2 hr. from us and has a state park in it. I’ve driven through the cute coastal town and even photographed a session there once, but never really spent any time there. We used mainetrailfinder.com to find a hike that seemed doable for us and were happy to see there were a couple. We went with the Bald Rock mountain trail because it’s length and steepness were just the right amount. Also- it promised great views of Penobscot Bay and boy did it delivered them. So worth the last quarter mile of whining from Julian on the way back down 😉 We are making a big effort to find more activities that Julian likes. Hiking is definitely one of them, but it’s not without a bit of a struggle. We got to Bald Rock by using the multi use trail off of 173. You can find it by turning onto 173 from Route 1. Then turn left onto Youngtown Rd. The parking lot is almost right on that turn and has signs for all the trails in Camden Hills State Park and for the different intersecting trails on the Multi-use trail. We were on the multi use trail for 1.25 miles which was mostly up hill but nothing too steep. Then it was .5 miles up the Bald Rock Trail which got kind of steep at times, but still easily doable for Julian and ourselves.
Derek had done Bald Rock Mountain before and had told Julian of a neat stone staircase that we’d come across. Julian was really jazzed when we did finally reach it. When we reached the top we were ready for a sit down. Luckily there was shade and these gorgeous views to soak in. There was also a little camping hut that Julian and Derek explored for a bit. I love this picture of Julian. I don’t know what drew him to it, but the Statue of Liberty has been an interest of his for as long as he could show interest in national monuments. While exploring the summit he found this stick that he said looked a lot like lady liberty’s torch. He then posed like he is above and asked me to take a picture of him and mail it to New York so that maybe they will make a statue of him. I think they should.
By the end of it Julian was pretty tired and it took some coaxing and promises of peanut butter sandwiches once we got to the car to get him to finish. But he did it! And it was a really fun hike for us to do as a family. Just the right amount of difficulty for us at this point. We hope to do Adam’s trail and the Maiden’s trail next. Happy trails to you!