In its recent best summit hikes in the world, National Geographic put Katahdin at #2.
Lording over the center of the state’s deep inland forests, Katahdin may be the most inspiring peak in all of eastern North America. Part of that aura comes from the great transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, who famously scaled it in 1846 in order to come face-to-face with the raw soul of nature.
The vacation rental website Tripping.com has crunched its data and named a small Maine town as a top destination this Labor Day weekend.
Monson, Maine (pop 700) has been been ranked in the same league as San Francisco, California and Ocean City, Maryland. Tripping.com says this about Monson:
“This idyllic New England town on the shores of Lake Hebron is perfect for a family who wants to get in some watersports or do a bit of hiking along the Appalachian Trail. Labor Day in Monson will offer pubs, antiquing, or simply sitting on the dock, enjoying the late summer sun.”
Take a moment and you’ll notice a lot of large trucks cris-crossing Maine towns right now, dumping their cargo of cut and split logs in yards. For the really ambitious, the pile of wood next to the log splitter is starting to grow. Everyone remembers the harsh cold of last winter and nobody wants to run out in the middle of the upcoming one!
During World War II the old Presque Isle Army Air Force Base was one of the most important to the war effort in the US . It was the last stop within the
continental U.S. for the American bombers & their crews on the long and dangerous flight to England. The route of this flight took them from Presque Isle, to Newfoundland, to Iceland and then to England.
On March 11, 1944 this B-17G went out of control while taxing on the icy runway at Presque Isle. It crashed into the north end of one of the hangars. All of the crew suffered injuries and there was one fatality; Co-Pilot Second Lieutenant Thomas Walker from Stockport, Ohio died in the crash.