My parents have been visiting us for the past week. Unfortunately, the weather has been a bit of a headscratcher, inspiring feeble glimpses of what spring could be like, if only we were more similar to the rest of the country.
But milestones have occurred. We have celebrated my official graduation from the University of Maine. We have eaten poutine. And we have hiked in Baxter State Park for the first time this year.
Burgundy-colored trillium are just beginning to open up, as are fiddleheads. Leaves are sprouting on aspens and maples, and birds are singing from their hideyholes in the forest.
Mountain streams are flowing freely.
Dairy bars are opening up, hawking their greasy onion rings and fried clam rolls, and doughboys and sundaes.
It’s the unofficial start of another beautiful year in Maine.
After casually sauntering up to Littlefield Pond from the Trout Brook Farm Campground, we made a feast out of peanut butter crackers, baba ghanoush, and a Vivani 68% Dark Chocolate with Green Tea bar.
On the way down, E. and I scampered up an additional 2.3-mile loop, the Trout Brook Mountain Trail, that provided scenic vistas of nearby ponds and mountains. It was then that we made the conscious decision to hike all of the trails in Baxter before we move out of Maine in the distant future.
And it is now, with the power vested in me by my status as blog admin, that I make the typographical decision to document those hikes, when applicably interesting, here.
Above (bottom right) is one (1) doughboy and one (1) caramel and peanut sundae from Craig’s Clam Shop in Patten, Maine.
I love doughboys – spherical rounds of delicious frybread, coated in both powdered sugar and cinnamon, if you’re lucky.
And as for the savory food from Craig’s Clam Shop? Just as good, but in comparison to desserts….. who cares?
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