The Summer of Maine (2014)

Hello Lobster! Hello Pop-pop! Hello Juniper!


The Mermaid House in the OBX

The Dales (Billy, Nancy, Jane and Levi) and the Dales (Grandma, Grandpa, and Elvis) took a vacation to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. We couldn’t ask for better weather.

Hiking Maine’s Tallest Mountain

Nancy and I hiked Mount Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine. It was worth the drive, challenge and view.

First, we hiked in on the Roaring Spring trail to the trailheads. We then rock climbed up the Cathedral Trail to Baxter Peak, sat (dazed) for about 15-20 minutes and headed back down the Saddle Trail. Going up was tough, probably took us about 2 hours on Cathedral and then 2 hours back down the Saddle Trail. Hiking in and out on Roaring Spring took us around 1.5-2 hours long. The main trailheads were INTENSE.

Here are some number about the hike:

  • 5,200 feet above sea level
  • 4,200 calories burned just by Nancy
  • 8 miles
  • 8 hours of hiking
  • 1 blister
  • 1 lunc hoagie
  • 2 post-hike chocolate milkshakes
  • 2 pairs of boots with the soles demolished
  • 15 hour car ride from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1 awesome view
The Top!
The new cover for Outside Magazine.


That white vein of rocks on the left in the distance, is where we went down.


Chimney Pond



3D Topographical Map of the Mountain

Mount Katahdin’s Wikipedia Entry

Greetings from Maine

We had a nice vacation with in Maine with the Landiss and Nordais last week. Jane had a lot of firsts, her first road trip, first time on the beach, first lobster bake on the rocks and her first lemon. She didn’t see her first moose though. Maybe next year.

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