We made it to Maine! The main destination of our road trip was Maine. We kept hearing about how amazing it was from friends and Nic really wanted a fresh lobster. It was a beautiful state; reminded us a lot of the Upper Peninsula.
Our first destination was the small town of Camden. It was a touristy town full of B&B’s and lobster shacks. There is a waterfall flowing right into the harbor in town and the area is surrounded with hills. It was getting dark on the night that we arrived, so we set up camp at Camden Hills State Park. Great park with camp sites that were spaced generously far apart, hiking trails, ocean access and the best view of the town, Mt. Battie. Mt. Battie is a short drive up a steep hill inside the park. It overlooks all of Penobscot Bay and it’s islands.
The next morning, Nic and I woke up early for a morning sail on the Schooner Surprise. It was a 57-foot day-sailing schooner that is the oldest in Camden. We went with 2 other couples and the owners of the boat. The owners were a very friendly couple that moved up to Maine from the Caribbean over 25 years ago. The sailing trip was 2 hours and although it was a little chilly, we were blessed with some SUN (finally) on our trip! Sailing around the harbor was breathtaking. The town of Camden is so cute and is exactly what I pictured when I thought of a New England harbor village.
After sailing, Nic and I roamed around the shops in town. Then we geared up for a spontaneous mountain bike ride at Camden Snow Bowl, the ski hill. The trails were very rough and the climb was long and steep… I was pooped when we finally got to the top. We opted to take a downhill trail to the bottom, which was very muddy. They also offer lift service on some weekends and I sure wish we had that on that day! What a climb…
After the bike ride, we cruised town to find Nic a lobster roll. He has been craving one since we first left the UP and started heading East. We had a great lunch at a restaurant right on the harbor. We people watched for a little bit, then went back up Mt. Battie to get a view of the area during the day. We took a nice nap in the hammocks back at the campsite and relished the day. A rest was much needed.
We made dinner reservations at a popular Thai restaurant, Long Grain, in Camden that night. Nic and I both love Thai food, and since I worked in a Thai restaurant, I can be a bit of a Thai food snob. The food was excellent and the place was packed. I can still taste that awesome pad thai right now…..
The sun had set and we were energized from dinner, so Nic and I walked down to the harbor. The town had cleared out and we had the place to ourselves, besides some fisherman and boaters hanging out on the docks. Nic took me underneath a lamp post by the waterfall and gave me a big hug. I felt him shaking a little bit and wondered what was up… Then he got down on one knee and proposed! I said yes, of course. I was in such shock, I don’t really remember what happened after that. The ring was beautiful! It is pink tourmaline set in white gold, with 3 diamonds on either side. We were both ecstatic and called both of our parents right away. We went back to camp and made a fire as we stayed up late and talked about how excited we were. What a great ending to an amazing, sunny day in Maine.