St Sauveur and Flying mt

We awoke to a sunny morning on Thursday..  the first in quite a while!  It was a perfect day for a hike so we packed our lunch and set out for the quiet side of the island… our destination  was a loop including St Sauveur and Flying mt… not a great deal of elevation, but some beautiful views and some great trails…

valley peak the first summit we hit was  Valley Peak…  followed by  St Sauveur

flying mt peakand

finally,  Flying Mt..   and in between..  all of this

cove looking back from flying mtthe cove looking back from Flying mt

cruising somes soundcruising somes sound  from  Flying mtmouth of sommes sound from flying mtthe mouth of Somes Sound  with the Cranberry Islands beyondpath along cove at base of st saveurthe trail along the cove… totally awesome!

cove at base of st saveurbeach along the covesomes sound from st saveur 2looking back towards the head of the soundlichen along decent from st saveurlichen along the trail

it was quite a nice hike..   we would highly recommend it!

we got home and showered and then I put on my best jeans and my good fleece, and we picked up a fellow camper and went to the Claremont Hotel for a lecture and performance on Bell Canto  Opera ..   I might have been slightly under dressed, but no matter..  it was a delightful evening, even for a guy who is not exactly a fan of opera..   another full day on mt desert island 🙂

The best thing about living on Mt Desert Island

It is pretty difficult to figure out what the best part of spending 5 months of the year on Mt Desert Island.. but  a recent visit from my daughter and ex-wife made it crystal clear..  sharing it with others!    Although they had to schedule the visit during our work days,  we still had a wonderful time sharing the island with them…  The weather was somewhat iffy… but the rain held off for the most part..   One of the highlights was taking them to Thuya Gardens and discovering yet another Gem  right in our back yard.  We would have loved for them to stay longer – especially because we awoke to beautiful blue skies this morning, but it was lovely to share the time we had..   If you happen to visit MDI, be sure to put Thuya Gardens on your lists of things to do!

garden cottage TGthis is a small cottage behind the house at the garden.. marked STAFF ONLY.. but I could not help peeking inside 🙂

various shots of the gardens…

TG 7 TG 6 TG 5 TG 1

a statue of a deer sipping water from the brook..

TG 2a caterpillar in the butterfly garden…TG catapillar

Dad and daughter building a fire together  🙂

building a fire with alison    we can’t take moments like this for granted..   when I was Alison’s age, we had no idea that  my dad had only a few months left with us…

August is flying by!

Here we are with two thirds of August behind us already..  before we know if, the kids will be back in school, and maybe it won’t be quite as crazy in the Park.  We learned that access to Cadillac Mt. was closed down twice last week because of the overwhelming crowds…  Yesterday we were lucky to find parking along the loop road near the trailhead for the Bubbles and Pemetic..  First we tackled The South Bubble..  the trail on the lake side is rated as difficult.. and it was pretty cool..  we met a family from New Durham NH which is just over the border from Wolfeboro where I used to live..  the kids were real troopers, having ridden their bikes from Eagle lake and then doing this hike..   south bubble   Soon after reaching the summit, the fog rolled in and obscured the view of Jordan Pond.

The Bubbles are pretty popular, and we met quite a few people along the trail..  we found our way back to the parking lot and then crossed the road to the beginning of the Northwest Trail up Pemitic mt.    we met far fewer folks on this trail which is roughly twice as high and challenging in a number of ways..   totally awesome!  pemitic nw trail 1this section which goes through a ravine is probably the most interesting.. pemitic nw trail 2 we were totally socked in by the fog at the top.. but it was satisfying to reach the summit just the same..  some water and gorp makes every moment good!  pemitic summitWe got home in time to  prepare our 4th evening of  making shortcake and entertaining..  and we had a wonderful time with Mathew and Celeste and their kids..    Today just might turn out to be a “stay at home” day.. I have some projects in mind for around our campsite, and we are getting a good start by doing an early morning laundry session at the moment 🙂

catching up ( again!)

Last week we made a quick trip to PA  to manage some medical appointments and to visit family.  The downside was a very long trip back on friday amidst all kinds of traffic..  the upside was that we brought PA  tomatoes and peaches to share with our coworkers 🙂      peach shortcake     we devised this wonderful plan of making peach shortcake and inviting our coworkers over.. but we had to split the groups up..  so last night we made shortcake for the third time this week … with another invite out for this evening..   that means shortcake 4 times in one week for us!

Janet had a cup of blue berries left over so she made blue berry muffins earlier in the week as well.  blueberry muffinswhat a delightful  week for a guy who loves baked goods!

On Tuesday after work we took a nap and than packed a light supper and headed for Acadia Mt.  view from acadia 2This is the view of Somes Sound from the top, looking toward the mouth and beyond..      a close-up view from acadia 1   these folks were enjoying the evening, anchored in a small cove…

acadia mt summit  it was a great hike and a beautiful evening..

camp photothis is a pic from the campground..  While we were working earlier in the week,  I paused to remind myself of what a beautiful setting we happened to be living in..

The 10th of August already??

giants slide trail 2 giants slide trail view from sargents mt beechcroft trail cool cloud from sargent mt view from beechcroft trail the tarn ( from champlain mt) beechcroft trail ( champlain mt) gathering place set for Sylvia gilmore peak view from sargents mtn 2 door mtn from beechcroft trail sunny wants smores this is Sunny ,  our cat..  you can see that  he has really gotten into this camping thing.. he wants to know when we are going to make Smores again..  the answer is  tonight 🙂    The truth is, we are all wondering how it is that summer is passing us by so quickly.   But we are so spoiled!   We just talked to a couple who drove 1500 miles from Wisconsin.   They arrived this afternoon ( Monday)  and only have till Thursday  before they need to head back home.  So many things to explore with such a small window of opportunity…

So much has happened over the past week.. and we have met so many interesting people.. this is the best part of this job!  I am at the gathering place where we often visit in the morning before work begins or before we head out on one adventure or another..  gathering place   in addition to being a cool place to simply hang out, it is especially popular in the morning when coffee, tea and wonderful baked goods are available..  and in the evening when ice cream is on everyone’s minds..

we packed out days off last week with all kinds of activity..  the first trail that we tackled was  Beechcroft  which enabled us to reach the summit of Champlain Mt.    It is a great trail right by the nature center.. just a little bit of scrambling at the top.. the view is totally worth it..   the tarn ( from champlain mt)  this is looking back after the beginning of the ascent..   The Tarn is pictured , at the base of Dorr mt.

beechcroft trail ( champlain mt)looking up the trail..  lots of steps ..

view from beechcroft trailgetting closer to the top!

cool cloud from sargent mta very cool cloud from the top of the mountain..  we enjoyed our lunch on the summit and then  we took the south ridge trail down to the basin ( back side of the beehive)  and then to Sand Beach where we picked up the bus which took us back to the visitor center.. from there we jumped on the bus that took us to the village green and then hopped on the southwest harbor bus which brought us right back to the campground..   quite the adventure!

Thursday was a cycling day.. but a rather special one.   I got a call from Bill Thomas,  a pen pal whom we met once at the Maine Boat Builder’s show a couple of years ago..  he was in the area and wondered about riding the park loop road..  we met at the Visitor Center.  Janet opted for a ride on the carriage trails and Bill and I set out on the loop road, fully aware that it was going to be quite busy..    and it was, the section from the entrance station through Otter Point was packed…  so we were riding slowly along when Bill spied a VW camper bus with a special awning .. we stopped and struck up a conversation.. Bill talked to the dad about the awning while I talked with the mom and kids about camping and baking and all sorts of cool stuff..  after about 20 min. and a few up close pics of the awning,  we bid them farewell and continued on our trek..   we stopped for lunch along the way..  enjoyed lots of conversation..   it was a social ride, neither of us was interested in pushing too hard..  Bill brought me back to the campground and the three of us sat at the picnic table and chatted for a while before he had to head back to Brooklyn where his wife was teaching a class at Wooden Boat.. Bill is a boat builder and also teaches classes there..

boathouse claremont hotel we had enough energy Thursday evening to go the the  weekly lecture at the Claremont Hotel in Southwest Harbor..   this is the boat house which is situated behind the hotel.. a grand structure from the late 1800’s… the title of the lecture was ” An informal History of the Photography of Mount Desert Island ”  by Earl Shettleworth.. the same historian whom we heard at  the Maritime Museum in Searsport earlier this summer..    totally interesting!

Friday..  we hit the  Giants Slide trail..   the closest trail head to the campground.. giants slide trail 2 it is slightly deceiving because the first part of the tail is rather flat  ..  pretty, but  not too physically challenging..  and then we hit the ravine..  wow..  lots of scrambling..  and some problem solving..

giants slide trail a very cool trail which we highly recommend..   it leads to the summit on Sargent Mt.. view from sargents mtwith great views!

from Sargent Mt. we followed the Grand Gent trail to Glimoregilmore peak and then headed back to the Giants Slide which brought us back to our car..   we met two families with young kids who happened to be staying at the campground..  they were loving the experience..

Friday night we went to the play “Sylvia”  at the Acadia Repertory Theater.. just around the corner in Somesville..   it was a funny play about a middle aged  guy who brings a stray dog home..  the dog becomes an issue between the fellow and his wife..   lots of laughs.. and well done..   I asked if it was ok to take a pic of the set, and found that the stage manager attended high school at Wyoming Area HS.. just up route 11 from where I used to teach!    set for SylviaSaturday found us back at work at the camp.. over 100 sites needed to be cleaned.. one of the busiest days of the summer..  thankfully, there were 3 couples on duty!    After work we cleaned ourselves up  and headed into Bar Harbor..   we treated ourselves to dinner..  and then went to the art show where the folks camping in the site next to ours were displaying their work..  we admired their talent and chatted for a while and then headed to the main event for the night..  a performance of   Mozart’s  Solemn Vespers and Requiem..  we had intended to participate in this concert  but soon realized after arriving in June that we did not want to be tied down with 3 hour rehearsals..   We ended up bowing out before they even began and donated our registration fees to the cause.. in return, we got two very good tickets for the concert..  2nd row.. right in front of the soloists!    It was a wonderful evening..  so well done..  inspiring..

Yesterday we had dinner with our neighbors and co-workers..   interrupted briefly by a maintenance call which Art and I handled..  finished up with vanilla ice cream topped with Art’s blue berry sauce..    It was a beautiful day to work today..   and now just once more day before out next three day adventure ..    life is good in Maine 🙂