Monday, October 6, 2008


High: 59°F
Low: 38°F
Conditions: Mostly sunny.

This week for our State Park Sabbatical we traveled north to Moosehead Lake. There, Mt. Kineo rises out of the depths of Maine’s largest body of water. The subject of legend, Kineo was long-believed to be the overturned dog bowl of a native god’s canine companion. With its steep sides and flat top, we have no problem believing that Kineo, turned rightside up, could hold even a caninaturalist's supply of kibble. And while we didn’t find any dog food to speak of on this trip, we did find plenty of other things worth anyone’s consideration.

The Piscatequis River

Bull Moose

The cliffs of Kineo. At the turn of the 20th century, Mt. Kineo was the site of one of the most opulent resorts in the world. A Russian princess, who spent her summers there, jumped to her death off of these cliffs after receiving word that her fiance had called off their wedding.

Mother and fawn graciously posing for a photo.

A loon in the distance

Local construction project.

Almost at the top.

The Kineo fire tower, built around 1910 and one of the oldest in the state.

The view looking westward from the top of the tower.

The view looking down from the tower.

19th-century servants quarters: the only remaining building from the grand resort.

Mother and calf (bringing our day's moose total to 7!).

Snoozing on the way home (after sharing a well-earned molasses and date cookie with me).


Kapp pack said...

Bewootiful as always!

Puppy slurps, Canyon

Anonymous said...

Great photos!

Isn't Kineo (& Moosehead) amazing? I love it up there. Did you see the Kate? Years ago, I ran the museum, and cruised regularly up and down the lake aboard her. Greenville has changed a lot since then. I still rue the loss of the Boom Chain Restaurant and the world's best doughnuts. Thanks for the trip back in time!

Anonymous said...

ps is that story about the Russian princess true? I never could tell if it was just another of the many tall tales from the area.

John Theberge said...

I wonder if the view from the top will be the same once Plum Creek is finished with their developement?

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...


My mom is drooling on the keyboard - good thing it is her work one and NOT my laptop!!

And I'm furry jealous of the beaWOOOOtiful stuff woo got to sniff and snoot!!!


Eve said...

All I have to say it WOW!!!

Jen said...

beautiful!! And very interesting story about the mountain!
Looks like a great place to spend the day.

Marigold said...

Moose are awesome...almost as awesome as goats.

Ferndoggle said...

Wow are those pictures beautiful! and those mooses look deeelicious!


Booker the Treeing Walker said...

That is absolutely gorgeous. We love the virtual tour ... it looks so different from what we see down here!

The Army of Four said...

Those are SUCH gorgeous pictures!!! Ari looks pretty tuckered out. Did she take that tree down, or was it beavers?! :)

Holly said...

Such extreme beauty where you live! I am totaly envious! And I see you saw some of my fellow mooses! As a mini moose, as mom calls me, it's nice to see some in pics! Looks like Ari had quite the exhausting day!


Pippa said...

Has Ari got bigger? Or is it just some of the recent photos?

Those servant quarters look very cool!

Kathiesbirds said...

Moosehead Lake was my Grandfather's favorite place on earth and he died on its waters many years ago. He and my nana would go there every summer and spend 6 weeks there. He was a fine fisherman and he had a boat. He was boating on the lake when he had a heart attack. I was an adolescent when he died but I always remember that he died in the place he loved best on earth. For some reason that is a consolation. I have only been there once to the south end of the lake at Wilson Pond. I still have a piece of driftwood collected from the shores from that one visit. You can see it propped against the wall in my backyard photos sometimes. It is my connection to my grandfather and Moosehead. I love the story and photos in this post. My Nana loved Mt. Kineo. You have reminded me of all of this. Thank you.

umekotyan said...

Good evening Ari.
The car license plate has written the picture.
Because it is a solid color, it envies it in Japan.
It is beautiful at the season of autumn, and coloring is rich.
And, nature always changes.
The acorn is few of this year in Japan.
Therefore, the thing eats for the acorn to change goes out to the town by the bear
and the deer, and is dangerous in the search.
It is necessary to value nature. :)

from loved ume tyan

YD's a little bit of everything place said...

Wow! The pictures are beautiful!

Country Girl said...

Great post. My Dad and Step-Mom live in Lily Bay which is just above Greenville. We have been traveling up there for over 20 years although we have never climbed Mt Kineo but we have been by it on snowmobile.
Thanks for sharing what you learned!

YourFireAnt said...

How did she like the moose? Or didn't she get close to them..


Anonymous said...

"A loon in the distance" would be a great title for a blog . . . hmmm, maybe I should start a blog.

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

We just love all your beautiful pictures. The wildlife is outstanding..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

The Daily Echo said...

Amazing photos! Thanks fur sharing. The only one we didn't like was the view DOWN from the tower - WOO!

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Wow! Did you chase all that wildlife? Or at least bark at it? That's what I would have done.