Camden Hills State Park

Camden Hills State Park
Camden Hills State Park – site 25

Here’s our site at Camden Hills State Park. We’re enjoying the corner location with neighbors only on one side and lots of trees. The only downside is that all those trees means no sun for solar power and we’ve had to break out generator a few times this week. I know it looks sunny in this photo, but trust me… that small amount of filtered sunlight doesn’t add up to much. Using the generator is not really a big deal — it’s just easier to let the sun do it’s thing and not have to think about our power needs.

Aside from the campground itself, one of the things we are really enjoying this week is the nearby town of Camden. Only a five or so minute drive way is the small, one main street town with a narrow inlet harbor and lots on interesting old buildings. We’ve gone into town a few times, including one evening when we ordered a pizza to go from the Camden House of Pizza and walked around town while waiting for it to cook.

Camden Maine
Downtown Camden

Pizza…in Maine? I know, I know. I guess now might be a good time to fess up to the fact that while we really like Maine, we don’t really like lobster. In fact, I don’t like it even a tiny bit, and Tim is mostly indifferent about it. So even though everywhere we go there are signs for lobsters and lobster rolls, don’t expect to see any pictures of them on this blog. The pizza was really good through :)

Another day we went back into town in the early afternoon. We’ve been trying to make an effort to spend at least part of one day each week working away from the Airstream. The outing usually begins at a laundromat and ends at a coffee shop or cafe. This week it was the Camden Clothesline (a very nice laundromat with new machines, free wifi, and lots of outlets to power our devices) followed by the Camden Deli. The Deli had an amazing view of the harbor below.

Camden Maine
Tim doing his best to concentrate on work with that view in front of him

After work we wandered around town admiring the houses, the view, and the flowers. We even unexpectedly stumbled on the Wednesday Farmers Market.

Camden Maine
Flowers & veggies around town
Camden Maine
The harbor view

Back at the park we had the best intentions to explore some more of the hiking trails…and then this happened.

Camden Hills State Park
The hole of doom

What you’re looking at is a 3-foot deep hole covered with rotten plywood and a layer of dirt that Tim fell into at the park. This very unsafe, completely unmarked, hole was located next to a water spigot. He unknowingly walked over the hole while carrying a jug filled with water in the dark. The rotten wood gave way and down he went, spraining his ankle in the process. He immediately reported the incident to the ranger on duty and the next day filled out a report.

The park managers stopped by to apologize and told us that they re-covered the hole with another piece of wood — pressure treated wood this time. What! You covered it with wood again? It’s a giant hole in the ground and you’re covering it with a layer of wood and dirt. Logic says that eventually it’s going to rot and the same thing is going to happen to someone else. Apparently there’s a shut off valve down there that they need to access at the beginning and end of the season so they can’t permanently fill it in. Well then why not use a metal man hole cover like you would find on any other manhole?!!! Tim expressed his concern about the “fix”, but I am not sure that they got it.

In any case, be careful around the water spigots at Maine state parks – you never know what dangers could be lurking beneath.

Luckily it wasn’t so bad that he needed to visit the doctor. If that was the case you can bet that we would be demanding way more than an apology. The really sucky part is that Tim now has a swollen foot and he can only get around by slowly hobbling — severely limiting our activities until it heals. Huge, huge bummer.

As bad as I felt about his limited mobility, I did go out on hike by myself yesterday. I drove up to the north end of the park and hiked up to the summit of Bald Rock. It was an easy hike with the first portion following a wide multi-use road, and the last half mile a mild scramble up a rock and root filled path to the summit. Once at the top I was greeted with an amazing view of Penobscot Bay.

Camden Hills State Park
Penobscot Bay

Yesterday afternoon Tim decided that he could manage well enough to go kayaking. I was pretty worried about getting the kayaks off the truck and into the water since this is something I can’t do on my own. But he insisted it would be fine (for someone who repeatedly refers to himself as lazy, he’s really not good at forced rest). Turns out it was fine, and soon we were out paddling around.

Lake Megunticook
What injured foot?

This is Mengunticook Lake, a fairly large body of water located on the west side of the park. There are lots of little islands with cottages on them dotting the lake. We paddled around for awhile and peeked in at some of the cute lakeside homes.

Megunticook Lake
One of the island cottages

It’s a good thing we got out when we did because today it’s rainy, cloudy, and cold out. It’s also our last day here and tomorrow we head north for a few weeks near Bar Harbor.

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16 Responses to “Camden Hills State Park”

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  1. Metamorphosis Lisa

    I am in love with the small cottages we see along lakes and streams and in the woods on our travels! Small homes in lovely settings just make me happy!

    That row of colored buildings is so picturesque!

    That’s a terrible bummer about Tim’s accident, thank goodness it wasn’t any worse. And it’s great you have an alternative way to get out and about with the kayaks so he isn’t just stuck in one place.

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    • Amanda

      We’re always on the lookout for small cabins and cottages. I think living in an RV naturally makes us have an affinity for small homes in great settings. Yes, we’re very lucky that he still has a way to get out and about despite the injury. And, or course, he’s very lucky that it wasn’t worse.

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  2. Karen @ Sock Monkey Trekkers from NM

    I can’t believe they wouldn’t properly fix the hole so someone else doesn’t also get hurt. Hope Tim heals quickly without too much pain and discomfort. Beautiful pics, as always.

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    • Amanda

      It seemed strange that they weren’t nearly as concerned about it happening again as we were. It does seem to be healing, but he’s still limping and not up for more than a small walk around yet.

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  3. Louise

    When I looked at your pic of Camden it looked like Elk Ave. in CB, CO. I was in Camden 8 or 9 years ago. It’s a cute town. Tim, stay away from holes covered with wood! Thanks for replacing our outside flood light – I use it every night!!! Safe travels!

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    • Amanda

      I thought the same thing! In fact, I have a very similar photo of Elk Ave. that shows the colorful buildings. The difference is that here the back drop is the water, and in CB it’s mountains! Glad to hear you’re light is still working well :)

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  4. Anna White

    Love the pic of the row of buildings. Can’t wait to explore areas like that. Sorry about Tim’s accident. He’s much nicer than me as I would have insisted, if not demanded, that they fix the issue correctly and not just cover it up again, although pressure treated wood will last longer than untreated. However, they could at least post a warning sign that it’s there.

    As always I love following your travels and can’t wait to see where you end up next.

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    • Amanda

      At the end of the conversation they mentioned looking into covering it with a piece of metal…but who knows if that will happen. Tim also suggested a sign, but I don’t see it happening. Kind of disappointing for our first experience at a Maine state park.

      Glad you’re enjoying following along. More Maine adventures coming up!

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  5. Tara

    You have such a positive outlook on life. Glad the injury didn’t spoil your fun for too long. Our only visit to Camden Hills State Park was a rainy one, and apparently we missed out on all the fun.

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    • Amanda

      It rained during a few days of our stay too – seems to do that a lot around here. Luckily our week long stay gave us a few sunny days to explore. If you go back watch out for holes!

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  6. Chris

    Lobster Pizza??

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  7. Judy B.

    Wow – you made my day!!! I understand that this is town that is known as “Cabot Cove” in “Murder She Wrote.” I have always wanted to visit there. I keep looking for Jessica Fletcher in your pictures. A MILLION thanks!

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    • Amanda

      Oh wow – I had no idea. I remember watching that show a long time ago. I just looked it up and it turns out the show was actually filmed in Mendocino county, CA. although it was supposed to be Maine. I guess that makes sense because in many ways the Maine coast reminds me of the northern CA coast. Thanks for sharing that bit of trivia :)

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  8. Joann

    Go to Mount Desert Ice Cream while in Bar Harbor, there are a ton of Ice cream places but Mount Desert is the best with cool flavors like Ginger & Indian Pudding..there are 2 locations..http://www.fearlessflavor.com/

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    • Amanda

      Thanks! I am pretty sure we went there the last time we were in Bar Harbor. I remember the one on Firefly Lane because it was right across from the town green. I think we need to make a return visit!

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