February 4, 2014
What a week we've had here in Maine, experiencing an incredible (and disappointing - where is the snow??) amount of rain, a work-visit from my parents and celebrating Laurent's 9th birthday. But before this week hit we started it all off with our winter backpacking trip to Camden Hills State Park.
Damien wrote a brief trip report earlier this week (with a video!) but now it's my turn to share photos of our beautiful weekend and a few thoughts.
Our destination for this trip was the log cabin ski shelter at the aforementioned Camden Hills State Park here in Maine. The shelter is not advertised you just have to know about it and reserve in advance for overnight stays.
We stumbled on this cabin almost three years ago and since finding this treasure we are always on the look out for other great places to stay like this. Reserving the shelter is incredibly affordable at $3.10 per person per night.
The shelter is situated 2 miles from the main parking lot on a multi-use trail which is fairly flat and easy to hike. From the cabin you can access several of the park's trails, most of which lead to or connect with trails that reach the beautiful views atop Mt. Megunticook. The cabin serves as a great home base for a weekend of easy, beautiful and not-too-remote wilderness exploring.
I could continue to give a synopsis of Camden Hills State Park and its trails but I'd rather talk about our overall experience (the photos will tell the hiking stories), the things we changed from last year and the lessons we took home from the weekend.
Last year's trip was our first time ever backpacking. We backpacked again late last summer and the combination of those experiences together with further research gave us a few things to try for this trip.
Something I realized on this trip is that I am not just along for the ride anymore because my husband loves this. I love this!
Sure, I don't particularly love the work of getting ready (which Damien does most of) but you know what, life is work. We're just choosing to spend those work hours in support of our values.
That was the huge take home message of the weekend.
That was the other predominant theme of the weekend for me. This is intertwined with living according to your values because:
Much of the weekend was spent talking and listening; dreaming and scheming. I came home from last weekend inspired to do something about it. To make changes on the small level that affect change on the big level.
In short, I came home inspired.
Our friend John talked about these same ideas in his reflections from the weekend. Great minds think alike!
Right now the lesson for me is about putting our values and all the things we hope to accomplish with our lives into action. Putting our daily planner and our pocketbooks into where we say our heart is.
Hard work? Yes. But living the life you want is good work, life changing work, family building work. Kind of like backpacking.
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