Day: October 21, 2016

Three Hikes and a Lobster Roll

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High of 74℉. Hiked in shorts

Thursday, October 20, 2016

After doing some laundry, we decided to explore the southern side of the Quietside of Acadia National Park. We walked the “Wonderland Trail”, a short hike to the coast. The tide was out, which was best for this hike. Park signs told us to explore the pools around the rocks to find Periwinkle (snails) of two varieties, sea urchins and seaweeds. As we walked around the rocks, Periwinkles were everywhere. It would be easy to gather a meal here. Seaweed with little pods on them were just like the ones we saw at Hopewell Rocks where the tour guide told us it could be used as a facial conditioner. I popped a little pod open and applied the clear cream under my eyes and on my forehead. Now I look 30 years younger! 

It was a very short drive to the second hike, “Ship’s Harbor Nature Trail”. It’s so crazy that two hikes very close together could be so different. The forest was different, more boreal with mosses and mushrooms. We saw a beautiful pumpkin-colored bird we have never seen before. Then you come out to a beautiful cove, which at high tide would surely hide a small ship, maybe a smuggler. The tide was coming in strong, looking like a river rushing downhill. Several ducks rested in the protected area.

Coming back out, we wanted what might be the last lobster roll, so we went to Charlotte’s Lobster Pound for lunch. With picnic tables all around and a busy parking lot, we placed our order, sharing a lobster roll, two ears of corn on the cob boiled in the lobster pot and a piece of blueberry pie with ice cream. This is a happening place with a goat to pet while you watch the cook working outdoors. 

After lunch we walked through a park campground to get to a short carriage trail. Only two miles one way, we decided to walk it. It isn’t as pretty as yesterday’s trail, but still a lovely, quiet walk in the woods where we didn’t see a soul. Somewhere along the walk, Martha said she didn’t know why she thought she might be able to walk that famous trail in Spain. 

Stopping at the grocery store, we stocked up on a few things. We have had incredible weather in this great park. Still after a week we have left many things undone. Every time we explored one thing, we discovered two more. So many little side roads to drive, hikes to take and wonderful seafood to eat. I think I have had enough lobster for a while, but I love the fish sandwiches, fish and chips, and I never did get a crab roll which Andrea said was great. We’ll just have to come back after winning the lottery and buy a Hinkley Picnic boat.

Acadia National Park Carriage Road

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45℉ at 5:00 with high of 74℉

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

It rained all night and didn’t clear up till mid-morning, but once it did, it was a perfectly beautiful day. We biked the “Around The Mountain” Carriage Road in the park. Between 1013 and 1940 John D. Rockefeller, Jr financed and directed construction of 57 miles of Carriage Roads for use of hikers, bikers, horse riders and horse-drawn carriages. 16 beautiful granite bridges cross streams and crevasses. Fine crushed gravel covers the roads that are wide and smooth. I walked some of these four years ago that I remember being grass. I can’t imagine more beautiful bike roads, where no cars are allowed. Having ridden horses most of my life, I can only dream of driving a carriage through these beautiful forests. The pictures speak for themselves.

We had lunch on a bench in Northeast Harbor, imagining life on one of these beautiful sailboats. Martha wanted to see the “Thunder Hole” on the eastern edge of the island where waves crash through a trough in the rocky coast. The views along the coast are spectacular and are part of the Park Loop Road. Thunder Hole wasn’t crashing on this spectacularly beautiful day, but we enjoyed the walk and scenery.

Martha wanted one more seafood dinner before leaving the area, but most of the restaurants are closed for the season. After researching and calling, we decided on “Coda”, which turned out to be very good. The treat was having Cindy Bubble join us. In 2012 Martha took a bike tour here and Cindy was one of the leaders. I was healing from shoulder surgery and couldn’t ride, but every day Cindy mapped out a plan for me, mostly hikes. She told me to go see the Gilley Museum and the Hinkley boatyard and take certain drives. She was great, so it was so nice to be able to reconnect with her and hear her stories. She had just returned from hiking in Baxter State Park for nine days. Soon she will go to Aspen, where she is a ski instructor. It was a pretty perfect day!

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