From Acadia National Park, we moved further south along the Maine coast to park at the Blueberry Pond Campground near Freeport, ME. Established in 1789, Freeport is a town that has transformed itself into an outlet shopping village. I think it all started with L.L. Bean since this is where this retailer of outdoor clothing and equipment got its start. Now there is a vast selection of outlet stores, some of which occupy original vintage buildings.
Acadia National Park recently celebrated its 100th anniversary which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service. A substantial portion of the parkland was gifted by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. much as he did to help establish Grand Teton National Park.
Gorham is in eastern New Hampshire in the White Mountains, close to Mount Washington. Mount Washington, at 6,288 feet is one of the highest points in the eastern United States. Unfortunately, during our two days here it was rainy and overcast with low clouds, making Mount Washington invisible.
We took a loop drive through the White Mountains National Forest, driving south as far as the village of North Conway which is a year round resort destination. They get some of their largest crowds when people come to view the autumn colors. On the way back north we stopped off to hike to Glen Ellis Falls, a very picturesque 65 foot high waterfall.
Next stop: Trenton, Maine (Acadia National Park)
We entered Vermont from New York by crossing the Lake Champlain Bridge. This bridge, completed in 2011, was built using a “modified network tied arch design”, also known as a “basket handle”. The recently completed Eggners Ferry Bridge (that we crossed in May to get to Kenlake State Resort Park near Murray, KY), was built using a similar design. The Lake Champlain Bridge replaced the Champlain Bridge after state inspectors determined that it was structurally unsafe.
Cold Brook is some 20 miles north of Utica, in the southeast portion of the Adirondack Mountains. While here we parked at the Adirondack Gateway Campground. It is a pleasant campground surrounded by farmland. We’ve been struck by just how much farming we have seen in Western and Central New York State. This was first and foremost a place for us to “hide out” for the 4th of July weekend.
I made this reservation several weeks in advance by plotting out our likely path and estimating the time we would want to use getting there. Knowing that Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day are the highest demand times for camping I try to get these blocked out well ahead of time. Adirondack Gateway Campground served our purposes well. It was fairly secluded but it was quite busy with family groups.
We took a drive into Utica and found a car show and art event.
Next stop: Burlington, VT