BAXTER STATE PARK — With most indoor activities not happening this summer, many people are taking to the mountains.
“This season has been a little bit weird,” said Eben Sypitkowski, director of Baxter State Park.
Even with fewer out of state visitors, Baxter has been full almost daily.
Right now, the park is only allowing 50 percent of its typical visitors.
“We are within a day’s drive of a pretty larger population here in the Northeast. A lot of that population is now able to come in the state without either getting a negative PCR test or quarantining first.”
One couple we spoke with said they love it here so much, they actually got married here.
They’ve been visiting Baxter for the past 30 years.
“We just like being outdoors,” said Alan Shewartzy, from Somerville, Massachusetts.
His wife Jenny Shallenberger said her favorite part is “the serenity and peacefulness, no matter how busy.”
If you’re going to Baxter to hike Katahdin, Sypitkowski said to be prepared.
In the first week of the season, crews had to make nine rescues.
“It takes 10 to 12 hours. Most folks underestimate how rugged and brutal this can be on your body,” Sypitkowski said. “Come prepared for that. Bring lots of water. Make sure you have a flashlight.”
People are also asked to brings masks with them.