We had our annual camping trip in Camden Hills State Park this year. Compared to the usual Tripoli Road, New Hampshire camping site, everyone felt like a VIP camper. The amenities were awesome. The bathroom and showers were cleaned and closed to the camp site. We didn’t have to put coins in to use the water. Every morning, there were two park workers driving around to collecting trash, and they were the most friendliest people. Even the hand wash soap in the restroom smelled nice.
Our truck was full. We utilized every inches. We started heading out of Boston around 7:30am Friday. We arrived to Rockland, Maine in time for lunch with a pit stop for the kids to stretch their legs and Zoe, our dog, to do her thing.
We met up our friends for lunch at the Claws, which was 5 minutes drive to Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light. Our slow pace began. We indulged in boiled lobsters and lobster rolls and headed to the lighthouse for a walk before we drove to our campsite. The kids could not wait to get to camp, so they were dashing the whole time.
Maine is commonly known as the lighthouse state and lighthouses and I have a thing. I am collecting pictures of me plus lighthouse, so naturally I had to make a stop to at least one. Do you see how happy I am on the above picture?
I felt in love with Maine’s stunning coastline and quaint marine life. It offered city lover and nature enthusiast like me an opportunity to slow down and savor its splendid views at every corners, unique and simple. The whole time I was imagining living here.
We headed to camp to set up our tent before the sun went down. This was James third time. We started him when he was still in my belly. This time he knew more and I think he enjoyed it the most.
This was where we spent our two nights enjoying our friends, nonstop specialty foods, lived entertainment, and never without one or two ghost stories.
Mount Battie was across the street from our group campsite. We didn’t do any hiking this year, but drove up to the summit as it was an option for us. What’s a stunning view! You can see the panoramic sight of the Camden harbor and Penobscot Bay. Imagine this when it comes fall where the leaves change colors and cooler air, nothing can’t beat a picnic with a beautiful view.
We drove down to Megunticook lake after we had lunch at our campsite. There were wind and cold air, but the lake water was warmer. Only one or two adults jumped in. The cool air didn’t deter my two youngest and James had the most fun. He jumped in the water twice. The rest of the boys, from adults to young, were playing football. The girls enjoyed the sun and treasured the calmness of the day.
We strolled around Camden town visiting little shops. We had ice cream near the Riverhouse Footbridge. Our Evan was at the happiest that he found a pack of Pokémon cards in a bookstore. It was an electronic detox time for all of us from adults to youngsters. My Evan, an addictive in our family, said he will become a gamer as in a game tester, was itching to use the phone the whole time. Dinner was at camp.
This day was about packing and cleaning up. Our group just grows bigger every year. The kids got bigger and taller. We started this when Ethan was 18 months old. I imagine and hope that the kids will enjoy it the same when they become teens or in their twenties. We marked the end of our camping trip with a group picture and saying good bye to our friends.
This year, we lingered a bit more. We stopped at south Freeport for lunch and savored some more of those lobster rolls at the Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster Company. I have to say it wasn’t as good as the Claws in Rockland. No wonder Rockland is famed for the capital of lobsters.
And that we said goodbye to Maine. May we see you again next year!