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Baxter State Park / The Maine Woods

The above cabin was our weekend getaway, perched gently alongside Kidney Pond. In a small campsite of 12 of these cabins, we were the only humans during our stay - I highly recommend the 10 mile nordic ski in/out to this winter retreat. I brought Thoreau's The Maine Woods to read, and here is a quote that says more than I can:

"What is it to be admitted to a museum, to see a myriad of particular things, compared with being shown some star's surface some hard matter in its home!...Think of our life in nature,--daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it,--rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! the solid earth! the actual world! the common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we? where are we? ("Ktaadn")

Here is an exceprt from Thoreau's Maine woods: "KTAADN"

Here are some takeaways from the weekend in Baxter State Park:⠀

Shelter: A six-man-and-woman cabin equipped with wood stoves, mattresses, and a porch whose view peeks through a layer of Pine/Ash trees, across Kidney Pond. Lucky were we to have an 11-cabin site to ourselves all weekend.⠀

Clothing: Mostly Patagonia and L.L. Bean baselayers, breathable mid-layers, running tights, Gore-Tex ski pants, and lots of down and fleece for the cabin down-time.⠀

Food: rice bowls and tacos one night, lentil soup the other, with two mornings of eggs, bacon, buckwheat pancakes. So many dried fruit and nut mixes (@traderjoes), and a whopping bowl of purely salami and cheese, cubed and ready to grab during every water break. Menu must be planned ahead of time.⠀

Fuel:1 lb of Maker's Mug Coffee for the mornings to get us moving, lots of Allens coffee brandy throughout, hot toddys, and black box wine to fuel the tired and worn-out evenings. Firewood provided by Baxter (a grateful perk) to keep our mornings and evenings cozy - even some of us waking up twice throughout the night to stoke the fire.⠀

Cross-country skiing 10 miles in, 10 miles out, through Birch forests and over pond-flats, alongside fresh moose tracks, under blue skies one day, and fresh snow 29degrees the next. Six people was the perfect number, and I wouldn't recommend fewer than two, for safety reasons. *The following is the base of Katahdin behind the treeline, whose summit is shrouded in clouds.⠀

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