"To those who would see the Maine wilderness, tramp day by day through a succession of ever delightful forest, past lake and stream, and over mountains, we would say: Follow the Appalachian Trail across Maine. It cannot be followed on horse or a wheel. Remote for detachment, narrow for chosen company, winding for leisure, lonely for contemplation, it beckons not merely north and south but upward to the body, mind and soul of man." - Myron Avery, In the Maine Woods, 1934.
Myron Avery was a native of Lubec, Maine and a graduate of Bowdoin College and Harvard Law School and a great visionary in the building of the Appalachian Trail The peak in the top picture is part of the Bigelow Range and named Avery Peak to honor him. This is the last 4000 footer that northbound hikers cross before Katahdin some 170 miles to the north.
Charlie and I woke early on Labor Day morning and drove north of Sugarloaf Mountain to the trailhead for the Bigelow Range. It was a perfect day for a hike in Maine with temperatures in the 70's and a breeze (make that wind) on the summits.
It was a long day of hiking and rock naps in the sun and absolutely unforgettable.