Usually when we're in Acadia National Park, we spend most of our time riding our bikes on the gentle carriage roads, but this time we wanted to do something different, so we focused on hiking. My knees had discouraged me from doing this for years, but I decided to risk it since they were feeling pretty good. The first day, we hiked up into a place called The Bowl, which was a high elevation pond. The trail was steep, but the pond was lovely -- a little bowl of water nestled among mountain tops.
The second day, we decided to challenge ourselves more on a trail climbing up onto Great Head, which is the highest headland on the entire east coast of the US. It is a point of land that juts out into the ocean with absolutely amazing views. It was described as having "moderate rock scrambles." This turned out to be (in my opinion) scaling bare rock ledges with sheer drops into the water, a LONG way down (hence the "highest headland" title). A true rock climber would have scoffed and done it one handed, but for my poor knees and easily upset stomach, it was a challenge, especially going back down. But the photos were worth it, and the bald eagle that soared low over us twice was just fantastic.
It never rained at all because we put a lot of effort and strategy into hanging our gigantic tarp over the table and tents and even leaving a place to get the van under cover if necessary.
And, of course, we managed to consume a great deal of seafood. We also bought a lovely painting by a local artist, a book of chowder recipes, and several cheerful sun catchers. Oh, and I did some back to school shopping at an L.L. Bean outlet on the way home. (Okay, a new bathing suit on sale is back to school, right?)
The best part was returning home and finding that all the fallen tree mess had been cleaned up by our neighbors and our fridge was full of treats. Our driveway was also mysteriously repaired shortly before we left. I am SO appreciative of the wonderful community we live in.
Things are still rough, but we're doing all right.
The Campsite with the amazing tarpage
The Happy Hiker at the Bowl
(Believe me, this was not the way the entire trial looked!)
Sand Beach from Great Head
(See how high we were! Those are people on the beach above the high water line)