A Walk in the Woods

Moosehead Lake

Described by Henry David Thoreau as a gleaming silver platter at the end of the table, Moosehead Lake is the largest lake in Maine and the largest mountain lake in the eastern United States.

Mount Kineo

One of the lake’s interesting features is Mount Kineo, a geological formation with cliffs rising 700 feet straight out of the water.

Except for a few houses and a golf club believed to be the second oldest in New England, there’s not much there. What most people go for is to hike.

There are several hiking trails, one of which goes to the top where one can experience a panoramic view of the lake and surrounding area. A hike up and back takes something more than four hours.

Since others were waiting for me I did not go all the way to the top. Even so I hiked more than six miles over pretty manageable terrain.

Every path was cushioned by layers of leaves sometimes making it hard to see what lay beneath.

You can be sure that here and there I stumbled over a camouflaged rock or tree root.

As with any walk in the woods, there’s so much to take in. Though I heard no bird sounds, there was the lapping of water on the rocks and the sound of wind blowing gently in the trees and causing leaves to rain around me. What is wonderful is the solitude that teases me into thinking all is well in the world. Before getting on the shuttle that would return me to the mainland I took a moment to appreciate that thought.

15 thoughts on “A Walk in the Woods

  1. I’ve always wanted to visit Maine, so cool!

  2. It looks like a beautiful place and a lovely walk!

    1. Indeed it is and except for a few stumbles the home was good.

  3. Sounds so peaceful and beautiful!

  4. Always enjoy your adventures. We went salmon fishing on Moosehead Lake at about this time last year. We really missed making our usual trips to Maine this year.

  5. Beautiful trail and hike, Linda! Thanks for taking me along.

  6. Beautiful post. Beautiful pictures. Beautiful colours. And I agree with you Lulu, when with nature, we get that feeling that everything is all right. 🙂 — Amor

  7. That’s interesting about that lake being the largest mountain lake in eastern United States. Glad you could “get away” for a time.

    1. Yes, after a long stay at home summer, this was a good outing.

  8. It looks like a beautiful place.

  9. Lulu, what a beautiful trail. I’m glad you were able to go out there and enjoy it.

    1. Being out in beautiful places is good for the soul.

  10. This looks so beautiful and peaceful – great pictures!

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