August 2 – 3, 2020
Since we could not go out west this summer, we accomplished another travel goal closer to home, spending some time in Aroostook County. We started up I-95 and visited at my alma mater, the University of Maine.
We took a quick spin through Millinocket to have my National Parks Passport stamped for our trip last fall to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. There are rusting abandoned railroad cars taking up the tracks between Millinocket and East Millinocket, emblematic of the local area state of affairs after the mills closed down.
Our campsite at Katahdin Shadows Campground in Medway.
The next morning we headed north on Route 11 and soon began to realize how big and diverse the State of Maine really is.
We reached Eagle Lake, the home of esteemed legislator John Martin, former Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives and longest serving member of the Maine legislature.
We finally reached Fort Kent, with its French-Canadian influenced architecture.
The first evening we made reservations to eat at the Lakeview Restaurant – no one told us it was “all you can eat wings night”. Too many people for our comfort.