Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Mount Sargent, Penobscot and a Lobster.

Today's weather was remarkably different than yesterday. Dropped about 20 degrees to about 50 and was cloudy but no rain. I was happy to check off Cadillac with the views but I had other mountains in mind. 
I loved the Jordan pond trail on the left as it has rock scrambling and this beautiful boardwalk or as they call it the bogwalk. This view below is the head of Jordan Pond looking at the Bubbles.

I was happy to see they were working on replacing the bogwalk and the slabs of trees they used were beautiful. I liked the feeling of walking on them, it kept it so natural almost like they belonged there. They also added metal staple like notches to create traction as it got pretty slippery in wet weather.

I understand these signs are hard to read but I took the Deer Brook trail and took a right. The name didn't match what was on my map but it was the trail I needed to get to the Sargent Mountain Summit directly.

This was probably one of my favorite views. The emblem in the circle said 1925. The trail is hard to see from this view but it is steps across that jumble of stone with water trickling down. So I crossed right to left and up to the carriage road over that bridge. I hung my head over the bridge for a few minutes listening to the water but needed to continue up.

An up I went. Today I brought my trekking poles and I was liking them actually but soon on this trail I had to tuck them away. This picture below doesn't depict it and I did not take too many more because I will say this particular section was one of the scariest I have ever climbed. I may have underestimated it because it was only a 1373 ft mountain.
Silly Girl.
I ended up doing over half a mile crab crawling on all fours up stone steps. The steepness terrified me  and the potential fall was tremendous. In the next photo looks like a slab of stone right? The trail was an edge that I sidestepped across while holding the rock face. 
I did my best to keep my attention on up and never let go of a hand hold. I decided at one point I would never have been able to return this way and would walk 20 miles to avoid it if necessary. I had a plan which kept me moving South.

Although I hate them I decided to add some shameless selfies. I have a better one from the decent of Penobscot Mountain but can't load it just yet as I used my real camera. 

Hey that's were I'm headed in mile another mile. Penobscot here I come.

See this shit? Those 3 small signs are directions to trails but someone stole the actual Summit sign. Can I just say people are assholes. You can buy them and local artists make money and the Summits stay complete.

I happily stated on the ridge trail for a long time. It was windy but it kept my view to the ocean until I dipped into the woods again. I got stopped by a couple taking pictures and asked what my route was. I explained and the man said that was their goal but in the reverse. I should add they had no gear, regular clothes and a camera.  I explained if they could maybe find an alternate to that cliff trail they would be better off and his wife said it can't be worse than how we got up here.
She was close. Before I knew it I was shimmying down a few chimneys and looking for a blue blaze because I frequently lost the safe way down.

This certainly was a cool ending to this trail but note the width of my feet? That is the trail....all of it. Hang on friends!!

Sorry for the red light special but that was the ambiance at Geddy's. I had eaten here before and decided to stick with what I knew.  The special is a 1-1.25 Lb lobster, corn, cup of clam chowder and a slice of blueberry pie for $20. The only complaint.....I couldn't get a bigger lobster.
I don't think I have ever had blue berry pie but it was damn good.
I have cooked all my meals here at the cabin besides a pizza last night which I needed after dinner. Hiker Hunger is a bitch sometimes.
My big spending so far was this birthday dinner and a ticket to an Acadia and Lighthouse boat tour tomorrow.

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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
5/20/18 YPD Run to Remember 37.37 12:08