Blogs from Camden, Maine, United States, North America


North America » United States » Maine » Camden June 26th 2017

The day before and the day after my week of sailing, I was able to explore the town of Camden and a bit of Camden State Park. The town is a nice little town – good restaurants, tourist-y shops, nice walk and park along the shoreline. As I believe I already noted in a previous entry, it was also home, for a little while to Edna St. Vincent Millay, and it was here that she started writing her poetry. On Sunday, I planned to climb Mt. Battie, as it was part of the state park easily accessible from town. What I had read about the trail told me it was steep and short. A sign at the beginning of the trail confirmed it was only a ½ mile to the summit. So I started up. As ... read more
Edna's view of the Harbor
Taking a break on the way up Mt. Battie
View  from the top

North America » United States » Maine » Camden June 24th 2017

Author’s Note: Part of my research on this trip was spending 6 days aboard a working, sail-only schooner. I had an absolutely amazing time and would go again (like now after I have showered and washed clothes), BUT I would say that if you just want to sail around and look at things and sip drinks and be nothing more than a passenger, sails with this company are probably not for you. You are never forced to help, but it is a working ship with a small crew. But, if you like camping and have a sense of adventure and actually feel like you are part of sailing the ship – go now! It should also be said that there are other windjammers (as they are called) in the area - a lot - with varying ... read more
My bunk!
Swampy's bunk
The Head

North America » United States » Maine » Camden June 24th 2017

Wednesday June 21, 2017 Once again, I was up early, so I chopped up some melon for Tyler. It was a beautiful morning as we set sail from Pulpit Harbor – and I got to help raise the anchor! If I stayed on this ship long enough, my arm muscles would be awesome. I could definitely feel when the anchor went straight up and down and then again when we had to pull it out from the bottom – yikes! It was so nice, I took off my shoes and ditched my layers. It was a nice sail to Camden, and I found out the daughter of two of the other passengers just finished spending a year in Kosovo! How random. So we had a good chat about Kosovo and Eastern Europe. Sometimes I am reminded ... read more
Pulpit Rock
Lighthouse at Camden
Victory Chimes

North America » United States » Maine » Camden May 18th 2015

Maine is without doubt the most beautiful place I have ever been to and we have been very lucky with the weather, not particularly hot, but crisp clear days when the sky and sea are a brilliant deep blue. We are early in their tourist season which is a bonus really. Although some of the shops, restaurants and campsites are still closed, the benefit of going to fabulous places and being the only people there more than compensates and parking is pretty easy too. We spent the last two nights at Camden Hills State Park in Camden, our favourite so far. Camden is famous for its windjammers, old cargo sailing ships that have been converted into yachts and the little harbour was full of them as well as restaurants and up market tourist shops. Most of ... read more
Lobster Dinner

North America » United States » Maine » Camden June 3rd 2013

It is Sunday morning and we have just ridden our bikes back into the centre of Bar Harbor from the not-downtown hotel. We wanted to take advantage of the sites without the crowds. The town is empty even though the Veendam cruise ship is anchored in the bay and tendering passengers back and forth. We walked around the town for an hour, took some photos, and made plans to spend the day driving around neighbouring Acadia Park on Desert Island. The rich and famous live here in massive, manicured to the hilt estates. Opulence, wealth, affluence, you get it. The Jone's outdoing the Jone's. There's no shortage of pleasurecraft anchored with both bow and stern lines, it reminded us of Avalon Bay at Catalina Island. We rode past spectacular beautiful scenic bays one after the other ... read more

North America » United States » Maine » Camden October 26th 2012

Camden is a lovely little town with a stream running through it -- behind buildings, under buildings -- ending in a pond which then cascades down rocks into the bay. We came across Camden two years ago just as the town was launching its annual Camden Windjammer Festivalin the Camden Harbor, a celebration of Maine's windjammer fleet. We were enchanted by the place. So we revisited Camden this fall and found it just as delightful. By the way, we returned home this past Sunday night. As the bills are now paid and the laundry done and all that stuff that piles up when one travels for six weeks completed, I'm now back to sending photo blogs of what we saw on our trip. They're not in any sequence; for instance, we were in Camden before we ... read more
the holding pond
the stream running into the bay
the bay

North America » United States » Maine » Camden June 15th 2012

Today Sally and I drove over to Camden, Maine for the afternoon. The drive took about an hour and it was over winding back country roads. Maine is a beautiful state. Very green and picturesque. Sally and I are amazed every day with what we have seen and can't imagine how it could get any better. We ate lunch at a little restaurant right on the bay in Camden. For those of you even close to our age, the tv show, Payton Place was filmed in Camden. The tv series, Murder She Wrote, although filmed in California, had its opening scenery shots taken in Christmas Cove, Maine which is close by to Camden. Parts of Steven Kings movie, Thinner were also filmed in Camden. We took a drive up to Camden Hills state park where they ... read more
Downtown Camden

North America » United States » Maine » Camden September 15th 2010

Hi, All -- As we were heading out of Maine the first week of September, we serendipitously drove into Camden at 4:00 PM Saturday just as this event was beginning. Lucky us! The following is from their web site: Every year on Labor Day weekend thousands of visitors from as far away as Alaska and as near as Bay View Street in Camden gather along the wharfs and parks to explore the ships themselves, learn salty crafts and skills, and swap sea stories and songs in talent shows and concerts that appeal to landlubbers and swabbies alike. Now in its sixteenth year, the Camden Windjammer Festival has become a wildly popular event for tourists as well as locals. The town of Camden is interesting in that a substantial stream runs through the town, mostly alongside or ... read more
Camden Windjammer#2
Camden Windjammer#3
Camden Windjammer#4

North America » United States » Maine » Camden July 10th 2009

Beautiful, sunny day, actually two in a row. Forget all that stuff about building an ark. It doesn’t get any more gorgeous. Now I know why the summers here are crowded. If it weren’t for winter, everyone would live here. The Workshop revives. The campus perked up. All the kids and even the old farts woke up, smiled and got very enthused. The change from the day before was remarkable. The new energy palpable. Today, Friday, is our last full day. On Thursday my class we worked more on Lightroom but those of us that didn’t feel like we had good enough pictures left to shoot some more. I went to Rockland. It’s a lot bigger than Camden or Rockport. There's a WalMart and Home Depot, along with all the fast food staples; McDonald’s, Burger King, ... read more
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Fran working

North America » United States » Maine » Camden July 9th 2009

Drizzle never stopped a dog from having to take his morning walk. Yesterday, at 5:30, Sargent began banging his head on the hotel room door. Very effective way to get us up. So we got up, bundled up and trudged out to the square above the harbor. It’s a beautiful place where normally you can see the sailboats and lobster boats sitting on their moorings, the sun coming up over the entrance. A waterfall flows from town and beyond into the center. Unfortunately we couldn’t even see the harbor. Visibility was almost nil. Didn’t matter to the dogs. After picking up the poop from the wet grass and taking the dogs back to dry out, Fran and I went to the diner for breakfast. It was cold and the rain was coming down, not hard, but ... read more

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