Our first destination in Camden was Laite’s Beach on Bay View Avenue. I wanted to explore it as a possible launch site. In season, restrooms are available there. It’s a small beach, with very limited parking, quite a ways above the water.
|Laite Beach from the Harbor|
Though it's quite late in the season, Camden Harbor was still very full.
|Camden's library as seen from the harbor. Look for the tiny tower atop Mount Battie|
|Lewis R. French prepares for winter|
|Closer to Curtis Island|
|Guillemots: alcidae with red feet which appear as blurry dots in photos|
We’d planned to change in the car before going to lunch at the Camden Deli, not as easy a proposition with the activity around us, so instead Mark slipped on pants and I wore a coat over the wetsuit. Camden Deli, the building in the center with large plate glass windows, has an incredible view overlooking first a quiet pond filled with ducks and further out, the harbor.
|Camden Harbor from the shore|
Camden doesn’t just have a beautiful harbor, mountains, great restaurants, and fine shops. It also has Lake Megunticook, a charming lake filled with islands and inlets. There are at least four access points to the lake. One on route 105, Washington St; two on route 52, Bartlett Cove and the nearby public launch. The fourth launch is in Linconville, just off route 52 into Norton Pond, which is connected to Lake Megunticook.
|A sheer cliff at Bartlett Cove reminds me of Yosemite|
|Mark waiting patiently by the Fang|
|The tip of Fernald Neck|
|Admiring an Island owned by the Trust, closed much of the spring and summer for nesting|