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.