TRAVEL | Maine Cabins & Lakes | Summer 2017

Third-wheeling often invokes a sense of awkwardness or imposition, but it doesn't have to be a bad thing. With the right people, and the right trip, it can actually make for a really enjoyable travel context. Some of my best friends from college (Nate & Anne) told me they were spending Labor Day exploring Maine, I promptly offered to join them. The first part of the trip took us through Portland, and ultimately to "Camp Menatoma" in Readfield, Maine. From 1926 to 1976 it was a boys' summer camp. Now several families own the old cabins and we stayed at one belonging to a friend of a friend. Exploring the grounds and surroundings of the old camp, I was overwhelmed with the same vibes and emotions I felt when listening to This American Life's "Notes On Camp" in 2010, and again this past summer.

Maine is absolutely beautiful in this time of year, reminding me of the lakes of Minnesota, and the setting evoked visions of what I imagine life was like for my great grandfather Virgil and the camps he led. I would love revisit, maybe evening establishing my own family cabin at an old camp like this. My favorite part of the cabin we stayed at was the bathroom full of messages on the walls from family and friends and strangers' visits over the years. Make sure to scroll down and read some of them, they are authentically, incredibly American.

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Pictures by Karl Magnuson, Anne Peterson
Canon 6D Mark II
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L, Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L

Photography, TravelKarl Magnuson