Fall is in the air

The past week included a whirlwind three day  trip to visit friends in mid-coast maine,  my daughter and son in NH,  a dear friend whose health is failing – also in NH, and my step daughter in Providence RI ..   and then back here to the campground for work saturday morning..    On Sunday evening we were treated to a wonderful Italian night  by our employers..    and today we finished the last or our current 4 day work stint..    stay tuned for the next three days events!     Here are some pics – in reverse order..

These shots were taken from the dock at the site or our Italian dinner..  we met here earlier in the summer for dinner, but the fog had us socked in.. what a splendid view that we enjoyed this time around:)shore from nicki's dock view from nicki's dock

These shots were taken  at Prescott Park in Portsmouth NH.. the park is popular for lots of different reasons, but we particularly enjoy the gardens..  always so nicely maintained!  prescott park gardens 1 prescott park gardens 2 prescott park gardens 3

We stopped and visited Norma – famous for running the gathering place  at the campground which is the hot bed of activity during July and August.boating at owl's head she and her husband treated us to a boat ride around Owl’s Head – including a wonderful picnic lunch  while we enjoyed the water and the crystal clear view..

one of the highlights of last week was my first hike on the Precipice Trail..   we hiked with new friends from the campground who happen to live in the general region of PA that we call home..  on Kreg and I went up the Precipice while Janet and Martha  hiked up the north ridge trail in order to meet us on the top of Champlain mt.   After meeting at the top, we enjoyed some snacks and then followed janet on what she thought was a descent of the north ridge trail..  a great plan since that is where the ladies parked… but it was not the north ridge trail… it was the Beechcroft trail  which did not lead to the cars.. in fact, the car was a mile and a half away from where we ended up..  but no matter..  we had a nice walk back..  passed the beaver pond  where the beaver spent many minutes directly in front of us..beaver pond  acadia

views from our descent of beechcroft..    descending champlain mt looking back at champlain summit view from champlain descent

summit of champlain

champlain summit after first precipice hike views from the precipice trail..    first precipice hike 1 first precipice hike 2 first precipice hike 3 first precipice hike 4

the warning which greets one and all who decide to venture on the precipice trail…first precipice hike 5

And here is a nice view of the dock at the campground..  in quieter times..    in fact, we were pretty full till the end of this past weekend..   lots of cleanup on sunday..  but this week we actually have some water front sites open ..   it is quiet!

floats - end of summer

September already?

It is just beginning to dawn on me that we are really beginning to run out of time..  With just a little over 4 weeks left before the 2015 season draws to an end,  there is not a lot of time left to do everything that I would like to accomplish.  And, it has been a while since my last post.. so here goes!

Our most recent hike took place yesterday.. we headed over to the quiet side of the island to hike the perpendicular trail..  a highly recommended option according to our employer, Owen..   and we agree!  perpendicular trail 1 the trail head is at the south end of long pond..  and we happened to be there on a beautiful afternoon.   perpendicular trail 2The trail reminds one of an outdoor stair master..perpendicular trail 6  as with all of the trails on the island, this one represents a monumental effort on the part of folks in the past, and we are reaping the benefit of their labor.. perpendicular trail 5Although there is no view area at the summit,  there are spots along the way up which afford some great vistas..   perpendicular trail 4 and the trail itself is quite spectacular…   Just below the summit there is an open area which would be a great place for lunch the next time we hike this trail   perpendicular trail 3 this is  the south end of long pond in the foreground with the entrance to Somes Sound and the cranberry islands in the distance..perpendicular trail summitwe made it!!   From the top we continued on the mansel mt trail till it connected with the cold brook trail which brought us back to the lake..    what a way to take advantage of a beautiful early fall afternoon!

In other news..  here is a pic from our camping trip on Hermit Island…hermit island campground

some special time with our cat Sunny at our campsite.. some time with sunny

sailboats on Somes Sound from Suminsby Park where I wrote the last group of college recommendations that were duesomes sound from Suminsby Park

We stopped at The College of the Atlantic recently to visit their natural history museum.. Unfortunately, the museum was closed, but we took the opportunity to walk around the campus.   We were greeted by a small herd of deer as we entered the campus..  I hope that they eat a lot between now and winter.. they look a little skinny!  col2  this is a garden that is located on the campus..  col 1

the garden is located behind this building which is used for classrooms and offices..   it is the former summer home that happened to escape the great bar harbor fire … and it is quite impressive inside!

col turrets    We got back on our road bikes and did an 18 mile loop  out to Bartlett’s landing and back into Somesville..   it felt good to get back on the road, although it is a bit tight coming through Somesville, even with the reduced traffic flow.  And now we are back at work.  Things have quieted down significantly, but we are still meeting new folks.. and enjoying life to the fullest..