Several years ago I posted about a kayak paddle & camp that my bud Ed, and I did out to an island in Flagstaff Lake just above Eustis, Maine and Ed’s cabin that we call Upptacamp.
I am not sure that I mentioned it at that time, but we also discovered a much nicer site over on the mainland, and we have been back out across the lake to it several times since then.
Maintained by the local community development corporation, it is situated up on a bluff about 20 feet above lake level, and adjacent to a nice sandy beach. About an acre of piney woodland has been cleared, and the trees limbed to 20 feet above ground level… It’s as good as if someone had decided they wanted to set up a dedicated hammocking site. It even has a kludgy… but you have to bring yer own TP.
Last June, I sponsored the first “Mystery” Paddle In and Hang. No one was told the destination until a few days beforehand, just that they would drive about three hours after they passed the Maine-New Hampshire border. Only about a dozen people came, but everyone there agreed it was possibly the best hang they’d ever been on.
For our “group hangs”, we most often get together in state parks, or commercial campgrounds [just for convenience and space] and they simply can’t hold a candle to camping in the wild. At the Savage Farm site, as it is called, we were able to spread out, and be so scattered that no one felt like they were being crowded or really camping with a group.
We hung up, hung out, ate well, and found an absolute trove of “fatwood” that we harvested for firestarters.
We took a group paddle up the lakeshore on Saturday, people went bushwhacking, two people who had never been out in a canoe or kayak before developed their skills to the point that when the weather blew in nasty just as we were getting geared up to leave, that they were the ones who made a double trip across to the landing to get everyone out. We both “sat out” some occasional crappy weather and reveled in some that was really great… including the fabulous Saturday evening sunset. It is hard to beat camping right around the Solstice. The bugs even weren’t bad.
Our 2017 “Mystery” Paddle and Hang was such a huge success that I wanted to get something up about it before we go back to the Savage Farm site in mid-June for “Return To The Lake”… After everyone talked about it at every other hang the rest of the ’17 season… telling everyone how wonderful it had been and how much they had missed out by not embracing the “mystery”, the interest was up and, so, we have another one planned.