In Penobscot, "Katahdin" means "the greatest mountain."
And though it's not the highest peak east of the Mississippi River, Mt. Katahdin is certainly one of the greatest mountains on the eastern seaboard. A few weeks ago — late August, actually — a group friends of mine and I climbed The Greatest Mountain, the highest point in Maine and the highest point on the Appalachian Trail.
You can find my photo album of Katahdin here.
But the highlight of the trip wasn't the peak itself. It was this:
That's my partner Jacob paddling in the sunset over the Penobscot River on the south edge of Baxter State Park.
Maine is very much the wild place that I always imagined it was. The loons on the river and the darkness of the night sky were all the proof I needed.