After I packed up, filled up with water and dumped, it was 9:00. I decided to take one last drive down the scenic drive by the ocean since the sun was out and I didn't get any pictures down there this year. At one of the first overlooks after Frenchman's Bay I noticed I could make out the water tower on Schoodic Point! So cool to now have seen both places! I stopped for one picture and kept driving. When I came out on route three I decided to take 3 around by Northeast Harbor and back up and avoid going through Bar Harbor and see something a bit different. It was a nice drive! It was about 10:30 before I truly on my way!
I was headed to Umbagog Lake State Park near Errol, NH. It was about 200 miles, but I took a scenic route that was a bit longer. I stopped for lunch at a rest stop right on the Kennebec River near Skowhegan. I then wound my way North and west through Rangely, ME. I recognized Rangely as an AT Trail town, and while the AT does cross the road about 10 miles away, Rangely is a lot more than a trail town! Rangely Lake is huge and the town has a tourist/resort feel! It's not as populated as Bar Harbor (it's way out in the middle of nowhere!) but it's really nice. Next time I think I'll figure out how to stay there!
I continued on to Umbagog Lake. The campground here is small and rough, but it's right on the lake! The 1st site I got was too big for me! Crazy right? It was a nice, level, private site, but the plug was so far away I couldn't make my cord reach and have the van in a good location. I got a new site that isn't as nice, but if I pulled in nose 1st I could get my cord to reach the plug!
I immediately unloaded the SUP and got it inflated! The whole process was so much easier since the water was right here! I just inflated it, picked it up and walked to the water.
This was a harder paddle than Long Pond and Echo Lake! It was very windy and there were lots of power boats creating more waves! I did paddle a big circle and didn't fall off! I spent a lot of time paddle on my knees so I could stay balanced. The waves were crashing over the SUP from all sides! The water in the lake was very warm so that was good!
I did paddle into a cove that was protected from the wind and that was nice! The water was smooth and easy to paddle! I was out paddling for about an hour and when I came back it was dinner time. The campground has a few communal picnic tables with lake views so I took my dinner out there. After dinner I put the SUP away, did the dishes and walked around the campground. Then I settled in to porch swing by the beach to blog, watch the sunset and listen to the loons!