Down East 2013 ©
Not every rock has a name. Of course, not every rock is ten feet tall, sports a colorful mural, and sits at the gateway to one of the Pine Tree State’s most spectacular and wild places. The bear in this artwork has been streamside, keeping Maine beautiful for the better part of thirty years now. The glacial erratic here had been vandalized with some unfortunate graffiti, so the Youth Conservation Corps stepped in to clean it up, covering it over with a happier scene. Painter Abbott Meader has touched things up twice since then, and the rock has gone on to become arguably one of the most famous boulders in Maine, posing for countless photographs. Kids love to climb to the top and survey the scene. The granite landmark takes its cartoonish moniker from a “little muddy pond” nearby (that’s a rough translation of the Wabanaki name). And there’s a falls and a stream and a deadwater with the same name, too. Yeah, you can probably guess what the peak in the distance is, but that’s not what we’re after. We want the name of this signature stone itself. Have you ever paused here for a picture? Send us a note at P.O. Box 679, Camden, ME 04843; fire off an email to email@example.com  or post a comment at www.DownEast.com  if you can identify this beautiful boulder.