Screen Shot 2019-09-21 at 10.16.55 PMDaytrip!

Along a ride on a northerly route to Millinocket to enjoy the scenery that’s just beginning to wear its coat of autumn colors, we stopped to dine at lakeside restaurant called River Driver’s which is located at Twin Pines, a small peninsula on the southern tip of Millinocket Lake.

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The food was excellent (baked haddock with crab and lobster topping, and fresh vegetables from the garden grown on the property). And the view of Mount Katahdin in the distance to our north was just superb. The following images depict the expansive grounds that include the gardens, a fire pit and outdoor seating for al fresco dining, and cabins for rent by the weekend or the week.

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Twin Pines is busy year round, with seasonal summer activities (hiking, boating, kayaking, rafting, all-terrain-vehicles, etc.) as well as winter fun with snowmobiles, cross country skiing, ice fishing and more.

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This is the view at sunset of the lake and the northern end of the Appalachian Trail in the distance.

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Mount Katahdin, at its highest peak is and shaped like a volcanic bowl (which it was eons ago). It is the highest mountain in Maine at 5,267 feet and was named by the Penobscot Native Americans, to mean “The Greatest Mountain.”

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The setting sun casts its glow on these pines, signaling the end to another day, the final day of summer 2019.

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Enlargements of photos by local photographers (I apologize for not having the presence of mind to note their names) enhance the establishment’s walls, like this phenomenal image of a Black bear. Did you know they have weak eyesight, and can only tell you’re in close proximity by your scent?

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Below is an image of a photo that hangs inside River Driver’s Restaurant. I thought it perfectly captured the feeling of everyone who loves autumn, especially in Maine, where it is beautiful, bittersweet, and much too brief.

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And for all of you who are still sweating out the sultry and humid last days of a southern summer…  here’s a winter image from their Facebook page, hoping it will help keep you cool.

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