Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Lost posts continue

I blogged away last week about the miles that my feet took me and the distances that I could see from those Mountain tops but I don't think you can estimate the length of travel that happens inside you.
It's hard to explain but sometimes things pop into your head while you are so focused on what your body is doing. I guess my rapid fire brain needs the distraction of me focusing on scrambling wet rocks to get a clear message out. Some of these messages are things you need to hear but don't want to. Needless to say the woods are a great place to leave negative feelings and tears and walk out with fresh, tender new ideas.
Some of these things happen subconsciously, your responses change and you don't even realize it until something comes up and you answer differently than you ever have before.

****I decided to blog today and found this as well as 2 other posts in pending. Unfinished. Mid thought.****

I can't even begin to explain how true this post is today. Epically.
I have spent a week twisting and turning and today I opened my eyes feeling a little better. A little stronger. A little ready to step forward again.

I am acutely aware that I am standing alone but I am better off standing alone than in an unhealthy herd.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Pemetic, Gorham, Beehive and the Ocean Oh My!

After a heavy dose of NyQuil and a few slices of Veggie pizza I woke up from the dead with a little spunk back. The weather today was spectacular. 50-60's and sunny. I decided to head out and turn back if my lungs weren't having it. 
The only stumble was that the coffee maker in my cottage died. Breakfast, packed foods and headed to a little market down the road just before the Acadia entrance. 
I have already hiked this trail but down so I decided to try it up. Pemetic is only 1248 ft but this trail ascended in half a mile. I really just wanted to do it for the Ravine. It involves 2 small ladders which weren't hard just cool and spooky.
Away I go at 9:30.











The Summit was beautiful with ocean views everywhere and the Moon was there!! See it between the 2 signs.

I had to take the .2 mile gaunt to the Summit and then return to this sign where I could take the North Ridge Trail. This was very cool. It extended the descent to 1.1 miles and then I got on a gorgeous trail full of color along Eagle Lake and through the woods back to my car.






So here I am back at the parking lot at 12:25. I am snacking over my Map.
I have only today and I still haven't gone to Sandy Beach or Thunderhole.
I make a plan because obviously I like to work myself to the last shred of energy.
Don't ask, I do not know what this building is. I just though this place was great. I meant to go to the Museum and get educated on the history of Acadia but by the time I got to town the museum was closed.

The Park Loop road is one way for a good portion so I had to carefully plan where I was going to park or be stuck looping around miles again. If I parked way down South at Gorham Mountain I could hike north to the Beehive and then down to the Ocean Path-think the Ocean boardwalk in Newport but no mansions.



Disregarding my own advice I took a little .3 mile side trail called Cadillac Cliffs and I am glad I did. It added the coolest little cliffs, rungs and this little cave to climb through.




The lesson learned today-The size of the mountain doesn't really matter. I posted this sign up close so you can see it is only 525' but it gave the most beautiful views ever.



The Beehive Trail is described as one of the most difficult if you are afraid of heights or if it is wet. There are cliffs and rungs. I took a right following the signs to the Summit. I was thinking I would turn around if it got to be too much for me. Once I passed the Summit I encountered a woman coming back towards me so I asked and she explained it is not advised to go down this trail only up.
As you can see the blue blaze goies sort of over the edge to no where. I did see a side trail and descended a bit and was able to climb up about 30feet. Kind of pissed because I think I could have done it but at this point I was getting tired and still a few miles from the car so I had to give up.


Crap!! The Bowl was a beautiful hidden little pond where I dipped my feet in the cool water but I didn't take any photos. Too busy enjoying myself I guess.
Exhausted doesn't even touch it when I enter the Ocean Path and see .7 miles. I am actually parked farther in the next lot but its mostly flat.


Thunderhole was quiet at this time of day but still really beautiful. I stood at the farthest place down at that platform and just listened to the waves. The sound of the ocean was peaceful and a gentle sign that I really am ready to go home.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Lighthouses and Laundry

Today I was supposed to take a Historic Acadia/Lighthouse boat cruise. I am sore and tired so I figured it would e a great break. They also only do this particular trip once a week.
I set my alarm for the first time this week but was instead awoken by a Good Morning text from Ava. This trip is the longest I have been away from them ever. I will say that I miss them and my dog tremendously.
I had already purchased my ticket so I decided to sit down on the dock by the gate. People came and went and when I checked my watch I say it was 9:25. I was supposed to board at 9 and leave at 9:30 so the next person who walked past I asked. 
Oh, it's been cancelled. 
I was happy the refunded me while the kid explained it was rough seas outside the Bay. He said I could take the afternoon Nature cruise instead but I passed. 
I took a walk around Bar harbor again and say it was low tide so I could walk over to Bar Island. This cool little sand bar is only exposed for 4 hours a day. I walked and looked for shells but also notified how wiped out I felt and how my lungs are sore so I went half way across and turned back. Glad I did because by the time I made it back to the road half the bar was under water. I didn't know how fast it would happen. A man drove out in his car when I first got there and I thought he was nuts but it turns out he lives on the bay and drives down once a day to warn the tourists.








It rained over night but as you can see in about an hour it changed to one of the best days ever. It was about 60 all day. The last time I was here I never got to "The quiet side" so I figured it would be a good day to do it. I got turned around a couple times but it really didn't matter because I just saw little nooks and harbors and lobster boats everywhere. Also this being the quiet side means nothing was open.
If I was going to miss the Lighthouse tour I could at least actually visit once so I traveled to the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. It was gorgeous by the time I got here. I also think the "rough seas" story was bullshit as I was on the southern most point and it was clear and calm with many boats in and out. I think it was more of an issue that he mentioned yesterday that not many tickets had been sold. These 2 days of the week there would not be any cruise ships in port.








Cool enough were a couple small signs asking people not to walk or picnic on the grass. Also please respect the Coast Guard family who lives in this house. I can imagine that would be awesome unless of course you have a bus unload on your front lawn.


I hadn't has breakfast and not it was almost lunch. I followed signs to a Lobster restaurant only to find it miles in nat a dead end and closed. Screw it. I ate an orange and headed home.
This gem came out of no where.
It was like a 50's drive up with signs for Lobster, friend clams and Coca Cola.  The benches were supported by lobster traps and a hammock out back. The outdoor kitchen is where lobsters were cooked too.


This was about the best lobster roll I have ever had and cost about $16. It's bigger than I expected and I even got a pickle. With a full belly I headed home for a nap.
I did some laundry and purchased some NyQuil to round out my biggest party day of the week. Maybe a decent nights sleep will help.

Race Results

09/07/07 Main Street Mile 11:44
05/18/08 YPD 5k 52:57 17:05
06/14/08 Walpole Village 5K 35:27 11:26
06/21/08 Mashpee Fun Run 34:21 11:05
07/19/08 Mashpee Woodlands 36.49 11:52
08/10/08 Falmouth Road Race 1:29:31
08/25/08 Women Running Wild 35:40 11:30
10/25/08 Mashpee Firefighters 37:47 12:10
05/02/09 Cape Abilities 5K 34:59 11:17
05/17/09 YPD 5K 36:41 11:50
08/09/09 Falmouth Road Race 7mi 1:37
10/31/09 Mashpee Firefighters 5K 37:15 12:00
09/11/11 Main Street Mile 12:31
10/29/11 Screech to the Beach 5K 39.13 12:20
08/12/12 Falmouth Road Race 1:34:24 13:29
05/18/14 YPD 5k 44.25 14:17
06/1/14 June Jog 4mi 1:04 16:00
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:42:04 14:35
09/27/14 Girly Girl 5K 37:24 12:02
10/26/14 Pell Bridge Run 4mi 48:41 12:10
11/27/14 Turkey Trot in VA 5K 35:22 11:23
12/06/14 Jingle Jog 5K 34:42 11:11
03/29/15 Thomas Guinta Memorial 5K 34:14 11:03
04/19/15 St. Margaret's 5K 31:11 10:21
05/17/15 YPD Blues 5K 34:58 11:17
06/07/15 Newport 10 Miler 1:56:09 11:36
06/20/15 Mackenzie's 5K 33:55 10:54
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:33:51 13:24
10/31/15 Screech at the Beach 36:19 11:40