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Family Camping Adventures Part 2: Moosehead Lake

When our travel plans changed in Canada, we decided to return to Maine and explore Moosehead Lake. DP and MP had never been to the area before. Little did we know how much we were about to discover!

During our first night in Moosehead, we decided to take a camping hiatus and found ourselves an affordable place to stay in Greenville Junction. After a day of driving all of us needed a hot shower and a good night’s rest. This simple, lakefront motel fit the bill.

We were treated this lake view come morning.

We were treated to this lake view come morning.

The next morning, MP did restaurant research on Yelp, and decided Auntie M’s Family Restaurant in downtown Greenville sounded like the perfect place for our hungry crew. The rustic-style diner was packed with patrons. One look at their extensive breakfast menu and it was easy to see why. DP chose poached eggs with peppers and onions and a side of potatoes. And MP selected homemade cinnamon raisin bread french toast. The kids enjoyed chocolate chip pancakes, scrambled eggs and bacon. The satisfying comfort food, plus a few cups of coffee for Mom and Dad, gave us the fuel we needed for the first half of our day.

DP and CP#1 at Auntie M's in Greenville.

DP and CP#1 at Auntie M’s in Greenville.

After chatting with the staff at the local information center, we decided to visit Lily Bay State Park. One look at the dramatic view of the lake, the sand beach, and grassy play area, and we knew this was where we wanted to spend our day. The kids and MP changed into our swimsuits, while DP left to chat with the park ranger about available campsites. The refreshing lake water made for a quick swim for MP. She left the water and watched the kids from the beach, feeling happier by the minute that we ended up at this serene spot.

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After the kids finished swimming, we played hide and seek on the playground, ducking behind nearby trees and boulders. Just when our stomachs started to rumble for lunch, Dad Potato returned to tell us he booked a campsite near the water. He’d already set up camp, did a little grocery shopping, and dropped our clothes off at a cleaners (which MP highly recommends after days on the road). And if that weren’t enough, he rented a canoe and purchased fishing rods for the kids. IMG_6789

We couldn’t believe our good fortune to find a waterfront location on such short notice. The camp site was private and shaded by tall pines. A rocky beach lay ahead, and beyond the lake we could see views of Mount Katahdin. Within minutes of our arrival, DP and MP agreed that this would be the spot we would return to next summer.

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Our family spent the remainder of our afternoon canoeing and swimming. For dinner, DP grilled chicken and veggies and warmed tortillas on the campfire. We sat at the picnic table eating quietly, enjoying our smoky camp fajitas and taking in the sunset over the lake. MP is certain this is when she fell head over heels for Moosehead. The sound of the loons calling, the gentle wash of waves on the shore, and the kids laughter as they perched on a lakeside rock filled her with such joy. This fleeting summer feeling, she decided, is what makes camping so special. There is nothing better than enjoying the gifts of nature with the ones you love.

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