This post is a few weeks late. My apologies. I have had a huge folder full of photos sitting in front of me all this time and I’ve been procrastinating so much every time I look at it. Last night, I decided that today is the day. Fellow Mainers and interested parties around the world must see what Sugarloaf looks like in the fall. I feel as if it’s my duty to show it off.
Each year, Sugarloaf Mountain hosts what’s called “Homecoming Weekend.” This weekend is full of events and small shows. The skyride is open and inside the lodge, all sorts of stuff is going on. There’s a book sale that we went to and purchased a few books from and there’s also a pretty good sized art and craft show. The book sale was organized by one of the local town libraries and the art show was organized by UpCountryArtists. Overall, the weekend is a lot of fun for many people and each year, we look forward to going to one event or another up there. It’s fun to drive to that area and it’s always a good time walking around the mountain.
This year, I took a whole lot of pictures. In this post, I’m going to post what I think is interesting. I hope you enjoy viewing the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them. It really was an entertianing day up in that crisp mountain air. There’s nothing like Maine air in the autumn.
The book sale was on the bottom floor of the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel. As I said, we purchased a few books from that and then climbed up to the top floor to leave the hotel through a secret exit I found. Before leaving though, I thought I’d remember the moment by taking a photo of one of the hallways. I wanted to show you what the inside of the place looked like.
For a hotel that’s overrun by skiers in the winter, it’s pretty nice.
After we exited the hotel, we noticed a pretty sweet looking hot tub. Check this out.
How nice would it be to relax in this while it’s snowing on you? I mean, c’mon.
The art show was held in the main lodge. In one of the big rooms they hold events like this in. It was a very nice show. We really only spend a few minutes at things like this because it’s not in my nature to randomly purchase things. There was some quality workmanship though.
Here are two fairly lousy shots of inside of the show.
I think what’s more interesting to me is the huge beams holding the ceiling up, but that’s just me.
After the show, we went outside to check out the scene. Of course, there were tons of people out there, milling about.
The main event for the day was really the sky ride. That’s the whole reason we went up there. I’m not sure about everyone else, but I do enjoy climbing mountains during the fall. To get to the lift, however, we had to walk past all the restaurants and the shops. Here’s a sign for The Bag & Kettle Brew Pub. I thought that looked interesting.
And here are a few of the shops. As we passed by, we saw a bunch of people gearing up for some zip-line fun. They were all getting into their harnesses. That’s something I may try in the future. I may not too. I’ll have to see what type of mood my old age brings me.
Luckily the chairlift that was in operation was the big quad. I’m glad it wasn’t one of those smaller two-person ones. I was so excited to get on the lift to start climbing the mountain because it’s been so long since I had done that. He we are riding up the lift.
Well, that first one isn’t of us. It’s of a few random people who were in front of us.
I have about 100 photos of our time on the lift. I’m going to show you only the more attractive ones. I’ll pare things down to just a few photos. They can get tiresome after a while. While we were on the lift, everything was beautiful, but after we got home and I went through my photos, I realized that I took the same shot like 50 times. Hey, it happens.
Here’s a nice one of the western Maine mountains.
Here’s one of a dead tree that I found intriguing. The mountains are in the background as well and I think they make this somewhat of an attractive shot.
When we made it to the top, we saw that there were a good amount of people up there. I was surprised at that because it wasn’t like there were tons of people down at the base. The views were pretty though and I don’t use what word often. If I only had a beer in my hand. That would have made everything better.
Here’s a shot of some of the people who were wandering around, along with the sweet view of the western Maine mountains. Isn’t it interesting how they turn blue, the farther away they are?
And here’s the base lodge and all the other building that we came from.
The biggest issue we faced during the entire day was the long line of people who were waiting to descend the mountain on the lift. On our way up, folks who were walking down the mountain warned us of the wait, but since we were already on the lift, there was nothing we could do about that. Apparently, ski lifts were meant to bring people to the top of the mountain, not to the bottom. So there are some weight considerations to take. While we were able to fill every seat on the way up, we were only able to fill every fourth seat on the way down. That created a line with a wait time of about an hour. It wasn’t that bad though because we met a fellow amateur photographer who we spoke with the entire time. That was fun.
Here’s a photo I took while we were descending Sugarloaf.
After we made it to the bottom and walked back to the parking lot where our car was, we noticed a few things that caught our attention. First was a huge plowing machine that had monster truck tires on it. Check this out.
And just to prove how large the tires were, I stood next to one. I know, I look especially dorky in this picture. Please be kind.
The other really neat thing we saw was a spool of cable that is used for the chairlifts. How often do you see something like this?
And that’s about it. After we left the mountain, we stopped in Kingfield for some lunch at Longfellow’s, like we always do and then we went home. Overall, I’d say it was a pretty good day. The weather was beautiful and sunny in the morning and then turned overcast later on in the day. We’re used to that though because that happens all the time up here. Until next time!