If you can’t read the sign, it says “Falls on this mountain have resulted in serious injury and death”.. sounds like our kind of trail! It also says ” Dogs are Prohibited” Well, we know of at least one family that totally missed the sign.. and brought their dog.. they were in for a surprise… but, I should say from the outset that they survived just fine. and the dog made it as well.. but I am sure that he did not enjoy it one bit!
An earlier post of mine has a pic of Janet and me on this trail during our honeymoon.. I tried to find the exact same spot where that pic was taken, but I was not successful. Instead, here we are at the top..
here is a pic of the BeeHive from the parking lot at sand beach..
My kids did this hike when they were small, and they have fond memories of the experience.. when I told my step daughters about the hike, the older got very excited.. the younger got very nervous. In time, they had the opportunity to hike it with us, and both agreed to come along, the younger with some reservations.. but now she looks back on it with fond memories as well!
Here are some pics of Janet making her way to the top…
and here is Sand Beach from the top..
we enjoyed some gorp and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at the top and then descended down the back of the mountain, using the bowl trail, a much easier way down than trying to retrace our steps!
One would think that would be enough excitement for one day, but no… in fact, we were using the Island Explorer Bus for the first time.. after the climb, we boarded the bus and ended up back in Bar Harbor where we did a minimal food shopping before heading back to the campground on the #7 Southwest Harbor bus.. imagine that.. the bus is free, and it stops right at the campground office!
I spent the rest of the afternoon baking a shortcake and preparing the strawberries that we picked up the previous day.. we invited our neighbors and co-workers for desert.. Before we knew it, the four of us had devoured the cake.. we enjoyed the evening in front of the fire as Art and Sue told stories about their earlier years.. the local strawberries were worth every penny! LIfe is good here at Mt Desert Campground 🙂