Location: Mount Blue State Park; Tumbledown Mountain hike; Brook trail
Start time: 12:30pm
Expected end time: 4:30pm (ish)
Actual end time: 8:30pm
I don’t really remember exact times, but I know we set out for what we thought would be sort of an easy climb up to a sweet alpine lake, and it turned out to be a really intense hike/rock scramble, to a sweet alpine lake. So, at least the lake met expectations.
It was actually really fun, probably for everyone except my poor brother in law, who rolled his ankle toward the top of the trail, on the way down. One thing is for sure: Brady Loves Hiking. Jumping in the water, still not so much. And he’s not crazy about being lifted up and down big rock faces, but I didn’t want him to die, so.
That sunset plus roasted marshmallows were great rewards for an incredibly long hiking day. The next day was nice and lazy, mostly at the beach and sitting around the camp fire. I think three nights is pretty much my max for sleeping on the ground, but I hope we can do something like that again next year, and maybe then Zach can come.
If you want to go hiking/camping in Maine, we definitely recommend Mt. Blue State Park. The camp sites were nice, water and toilets easily accessible (not Real toilets of course, but pretty nice as outhouses go), and shower facilities way exceeded expectations. The lake was an easy walk from the camp site, nice grassy lawn and then a small sandy beach. Kayak rentals only $3/hr! Maine loves you. Go visit.