Monday, June 28, 2010

living | maidstone state park

a little Vermont getaway... We took the boys camping this past weekend at Maidstone State Park. Nestled in the serene beauty of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, Maidstone is now officially one of my top three car camping state parks. Even though the weather was a bit iffy, it did not damper our adventure one bit.

Green. A lot of green. Gorgeous, vibrant greens of yellow birch and spruce filled the woods, while moss and lilies carpeted the forest floor. The loons call carried during the night, echoing over the clear, glassy water.

Best of all, the trip over to the park is truly stunning as you cruise along the Presidential range of New Hampshire's White Mountains. You could see Mt. Washington's craggy peak crystal clear on our way over, but it was shrouded in clouds on our way home.

A personal triumph was our boys' joy of camping this time around. Last year we decided that it was time to get back out camping, the boys were old enough now. Well, no one really mentions last June's trip anymore. We merely mutter "remember Lamoine?" Let's just say, the whole ordeal lasted only 18 hours. This weekend it was completely different. They played in the woods and along the lake the whole time. Never once saying "can we go home now", rather they uttered disappointments when we told them it was time to pack up.

Check out the bear print in the above right shot. That was just a few feet from our site. It was the claw part that completely awed me. Talk about sharp!

Our state parks are awesome treasures that I'm quite thankful for. Each year I pick out a few new parks to check out and I am rarely disappointed. Think about it, for $46, my family got to spend the weekend on a gorgeous lake with our own private beach basking in the beauty of nature. Not too shabby. Not too shabby at all.

9 comments:

El said...

What a thoughtful post. I love the first picture of your son- beautiful. I agree, our national parks are quite a treasure.

Monet said...

What a wonderful time you had with your family. There is something magical and so very important about allowing ourselves to commune with nature. Beautiful photos.

The Violet Fern said...

What a beautiful campground and great getaway! Your photos take me right there.

We are fortunate to be surrounded by many beautiful state parks right in our backyard. Often, in early spring before the season opens, we will have a picnic dinner with the place to ourselves overlooking the beautiful St. Lawrence river. We like to camp, too.

flightplot said...

That all looks, and sounds, wonderful! Flighty xx

Patty said...

Love these photos...you truly are gifted...I love Vermont and Maine and Rhode Island...we try to stretch out our twice yearly Maine treks...with sidebars to these places. And this year we fell in love with the Berkshires...this little town called North Adams...and an inn called the Porches...Anthropologie...you either love or not and I love it...that granny chic look is what I love all of the time...

a tasteful garden said...

hey there Patty! that's kinda great that you fell in love with the Berkshires because that is actually where i was born. it really is gorgeous, but in such a simple, graceful way. i'll have to check out the Porches.

cheers!

baking.serendipity said...

It looks beautiful there!

Elaine said...

You've truly captured the peaceful bliss of communing with nature with these serene photos. You've taken me back a few years (quite a few, actually) to our family's summer camping trips in Washington State along the coast -- some of my favourite memories.

Ellen in Conn said...

Holey moley, those pictures look just like I remember Maidstone Lake from when I was 5 and 6, forty-some years ago. My brothers and I claimed certain areas as our own, and played house for a week. My sainted Mom (do Unitarians have saints?) took 4 or 5 kids camping, some of us in cloth diapers. We stayed in the lean-to named "Maple".

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