Granddaughters climbed Burnt Mountain

I was delighted to hear, in August, that my granddaughters had climbed Burnt Mountain in Baxter Park with their parents, our son Josh and his wife Kelly. The granddaughters, Esme and Ada, are 2 ½ and 5 years old.

Josh said he kept Esme climbing by feeding her chocolates!

Our camp is on the edge of Baxter Park, and I have photos of our kids on top of many of the park’s mountains. I’ve often suggested that people skip Katahdin, which can be very crowded, especially in the summer, and hike one of Baxter’s other wonderful mountains, where you can often be all by yourself.

I’m sharing a photo of Josh and the girls at the top of Burnt Mountain.


George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.