Tributes to Spencer
2011 Chris Palestrant - flash video and composed song
2009 Chris Palestrant - flash video and composed song
Spencer Pond Group - An photography exhibit by 5 long-time guest of the camps
Dick Manson's photo journal of scouting out and blazing the trail up Little Spencer Mountain.
Excerpts from Cabin Journals
On climbing Little Spencer Mountain
“It was a beautiful day and the air of suspense was with the group the whole way. With great expectations we started around 9:45 and reached the top sometime after noon. What a great rush we had when we reached the great summit. We remained there and ate our lunches and basked in the sun and enjoyed the beautiful surroundings of God’s handiwork. It was a rewarding experience in that as a group we were one working together.”
“The views on the way up were spectacular and gave a completely new view of the lake. Geography became much simpler. I know my way around the pond below much better now after seeing it from above.”
On the camps and area
“Never have I seen so much beauty in one spot.”
“Moose in the camp. It was nearly dusk when he quietly trotted along the path…when the largest and nearest moose we’ve ever seen appeared and paused for a nice long minute or more in front of the Cricket.”
“We didn’t climb any mountains in record time (we didn’t even climb any mountains) or scare up any bears, or catch a lot of trout, or follow any trails for very long. But we shared a wilderness with you that you believe in, and as a family shared that belief with you.”
“We leave here so relaxed I’m not sure we can stand it. The loons, osprey, and moose were everything we had hoped for, and the eagle was a special treat.”
2011 - excerpts from some of our favorite journal entries
"I left NYC LaGuardia Airport heading to Bangor...Just getting to Spencer Pond was enough of a a vacation. Stopping at the Indian Post in Greenville for supplies then driving the dirt gravel road was exciting, such a change of scenery. It's the little things that catch your eye when you're away from home that have meaning, the smell of the forest, the colors of the sky.
The Lunkers Lodge was the best medicine you could give a guy. Not that I was sick, but I think the modern world has gotten in the way of too many things. Now I was able to pump water, light a fire, get really far away, but get closer to the simple and meaningful things.
One night it was so clear out that I think I saw the Milky Way. That to me was a gift and there were many more to come. Spending an afternoon fishing with the local bald eagle overhead. Canoeing and fishing all over this great pond. I caught a catfish suprisingly. The trails are such a delight, such a great way to spend the day. Basically everything you need is here for you, you just have to look for it and adapt to make it work.
I am really thankful to somebody out there for connecting me with SPC...I'm just very glad that I now know of a place to go when I need to get lost. Thank you SPC!" - Guest staying in Lunkers Lodge
"Wow. We drove all the way from Sacramento, CA and it was worth it! This is the place of my dreams. When we walked in I caught my breath...there should be magic sparkles over this cabin and the whole camp.
The pond is so serene this morning flat calm with mist rising from the water as the sun peeks from behind Sabotowan. This place doesnt just reflect how life used to be, it is how life should be. I suspect a lot of what ails society could be cured if we all lived more simply in a place like this. It's amazing how the feel of this place, the smell of the cabin, the tranquility and remoteness, the wonderful un-modernized accomodations all remind me of vacations of my youth." - Family staying in Maine Lodge
"..this trip was well needed and the view is just breathtaking. I think this brought our family together and let us appreciate the beauty of nature instead of the useless TV or video games. Thanks so much for everything, I hope to come back another time." -14 year old girl staying in Maine Lodge
"How is it possible that after some 39 years of near annual trips to camp, that Spencer is always so new? ...Now chickens and Lucky the Cat appear on the threshold. The loons are back. The water is high again. There is a lot of new growth crowning the mountain. These woods are at once ancient and utterly young - abiding and vibrantly alive. " - Long time guest staying in the Bemsis
"Having long anticipated our time here, the open arm welcome from the cabin and Christine was like a universal choice shout "Yes, you're home!" The glassy pond, the shadow of the mountain on the lake as sun set was soothing. Next morning sunrise arrived so sudden that you could hear fanfare of trumpets along with the cry of the loon greet the sun as it came from behind the mountain. Each day had its own purpose and special moments as well. The flutter of hummingbird wings and beauty as he stopped and watched us. Coffee on the porch, George the Rooster and his harem being friendly neighbors. Open honest kindred souls who see the deep beauty of this spot. The chance for deep resting, maybe letting the mind drift. The evenings watching the whole universe of stars and hearing the breeze in the pines as your drifted off for sleep, more soothing than any lullabye. The time on the water was the most relaxing of all. We can not thank you enough for sharing this place where time and the world stop and peace and nature and more are once again in harmony" - Couple staying in Skip-Wiley
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