|A map at the launch area|
Instead of attempting the crossing, we paddled into Barrows Cove and explored there.
Then a few weeks ago, while paddling on Mathew's Cove in Moosehead Lake, I saw Mt. Kineo in the distance and thought, "This would have been the perfect day to do that paddle." It was a still day, and, unlike years ago, even if the wind picked up we had seaworthy kayaks and spray skirts. But the day was more than half over, and there was work to get to at home.
This Friday was another calm day, so we packed up our Current Designs Sirocco and Wilderness Systems Zephyr, spray skirts, life jackets, paddles and assorted gear and headed once again to Rockwood.
But we didn't have to wait, we could take right off for Kineo.
|One the way there!|
Mount Kineo has hosted a huge resort hotel between 1848 through 1938. Presently, it's home to some lovely, grand cottages, a golf course (with a restaurant open to all), and a fairly large structure which was merely the employee housing for the old hotel.
|The employee housing is the palest building|
|Mark paddles by a shallow area in Frog Pond.|
|Boats beside the causeway|
It's hard to capture how grand it was:
The cliff alone against the sky:
A concave section with Mark for scale.
Mt. Kineo is composed of rhyolite, a form of flint. Flint from the mountain is found throughout New England and beyond, showing its value as a trade item to Native Americans. A few pictures of the rock face close up:
|A cedar clings to the cliff|
|Rocks at the base|
|At the campsite|
Now you might think finally getting to Kineo, sans two children would be a "Cats in the Cradle" event.
But it wasn't, because that misadventure was not the end of paddling with our kids. First one child then the other grew into individual kayaks. Our trips shifted from short paddles on lakes and streams to short paddles on the sea, to visiting Ironbound and Isle au Haut. Along the way we explored lighthouses and forts, sea caves and islands. We've paddled with whales, dolphins, seals, alligators, manatees, and much more. There were also non-kayak adventures: biking, hiking, museums, attractions, family, friends, school, scouts etc. The years have gone by in a flash, but they were traded for some wonderful memories and two incredible adults with their own lives and interests.
Instead of being melancholy, we were thankful we'd had the opportunity to see another Maine marvel and looking ahead to our next adventure.
More information: Hiking Mount Kineo
Backcountry Camping: Maine Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry
Mount Kineo Golf Course, Shuttle and Restaurant
Summary: Launch: Paved, about thirty spaces, half trailer length. Pit Toilets. Distance, 7.8 miles, about 3 hours with 3 stops. Moosehead Lake is a part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.
|Greenville (another community on Moosehead Lake) Police on ATV patrol|