“Heaven is under our feet, as well as over our heads” – Henry David Thoreau
I got off the beaten path this past weekend during a trip to Maine to experience one of the gems of New England: Maine’s Baxter State Park. Created in 1931 by former Governor Percival Baxter who donated the land, the park is an interesting “state” park as it receives no tax dollars or other funds from the state of Maine. It is operated solely through out of state user fees (residents pay no entrance fee), and in a remarkably prescient twist – from a trust fund set aside by Governor Baxter solely for that purpose. It’s a remote area in the north-central part of the state in which the park’s management attempts to keep it “forever wild” with no electricity, running water, food, gas or any concessions to be found. Sure, it has a lot of rules and riding off the dirt roads is forbidden, but I look forward to exploring it to a greater extent (hopefully in winter!) if/when I ever find myself living in New England again. Until then, my ride on the park’s gravel perimeter road from the Togue Pond entrance up to Matagamon and back will have to suffice.
And until I have more time, this short post and a few photos will also have to suffice. More to come when I get the chance!