Essence of Baxter
I was in Baxter State Park exploring with my camera. I was told there were many good places to take photos; I just had to find them. I went out hiking on some trails that turned out to be poorly marked. As it happened, I left my only map in the car. I did study the map before I went hiking and I was under the impression that the trail would take me in a loop. After a few hours of following the trail, I started to worry I was lost. It’s not a good thing to be lost in Baxter State Park considering there is no civilization in the park, and it’s several times larger than Acadia National Park. I hadn’t seen anyone else on the trail – not even any footprints. Eventually, I arrived at a lake with a great view of the mountains. I was so exhausted that I almost didn’t even open my camera bag. I’m glad I took the shot though, because it really embodies the essence of the park – vastness of untouched wilderness. It was only after I finally found my car that I realized I forgot to look at the scale on the map. I ended up hiking eight miles with my forty pound camera bag to get the shot.