"Lady Luck" played a starring role in a visit to Camden, ME in early September 2016. The place where my wife and I wanted to stay is usually available ONLY when reservations are made far in advance. But just on a whim, I telephoned Beloin's-on-the-Maine-Coast to see if any of their cabins happened to be available within the next few days. Well, as luck would have it, they had just received a cancellation within an hour prior to my phone call. I quickly scoffed up the one short-stay vacancy that was available.
Beloin's shorefront cabins are set atop a ledge, overlooking Penobscot Bay. From the comfort of your cabin, you can listen to the waves, and enjoy sights such as sunrises, seagulls and lobster boats. The cabins were built many decades ago. They are very clean, but somewhat dated. So, if you prefer more modern accommodations, then Beloin's might be unsuitable for you. Regardless, as of the time this blog was written, information about Beloin's (as well as the nearby town of Camden) could be obtained by clicking HERE.
During our short stay of couple of days, there was quite a wide variety of weather. We experienced partial sun, mist, rain coupled with a beautiful rainbow, and one morning with a spectacular sunrise over the bay. And because our visit was brief and the weather was unsettled, hiking was limited to a trek to Mt. Megunticook, and to Bald Rock Mountain. The trailheads were less than a 15-minute drive from our cabin. Both of these small mountains are located within Camden Hills State Park where there are over 30 miles of hiking trails.
1) Our Cabin Views:
|Composite photo showing the lineup of Beloin's waterfront cabins, plus a view of the water from inside our cabin.|
|A colorful rainbow|
|A beautiful morning with a spectacular sunrise|
2) Hike to Mt. Megunticook:
|Map showing my route to Mt. Megunticook. As of time blog was written, a complete hiking trail map of Camden Hills State Park could be viewed by clicking HERE.|
The summit of Mt. Megunticook is viewless, other than this sign and cairn.
(However, there are terrific views from a huge ledge named "Ocean Lookout", located a short distance SSE of the summit.)
|Upon arrival at "Ocean Lookout", much of the view was partially obscured by an undercast of clouds rolling in off the ocean. However, Camden Harbor was visible (center/right of photo).|
|Another viewpoint along my route is named Adam's Lookout. From there, I got this misty view looking ENE toward Islesboro, ME.|
3) Hike to Bald Rock Mountain:
|Map showing my route for hike to Bald Rock Mountain. As of time blog was written, the complete hiking trail map of Camden Hills State Park could be viewed by clicking HERE.|
|For my trek to Bald Rock Mountain, some early signs of Autumn could be seen while hiking the well-groomed trail to the summit.|
|The fog/mist completely obscured any distant views from Bald Rock Mountain. However, these overcast conditions seemed to intensify the late summer colors of grasses and bushes on top of the mountain.|
|Shown here is one of the two shelters atop Bald Rock Mountain.|
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