Day 5- Little hikes and big lobsters

Trip Start Sep 07, 2012
Trip End Sep 22, 2012

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

It was a chilly night in the north woods! We were glad we had good sleeping bags and the heater to warm us up before bed and before rising! We decide that our heated car would be the ideal place for breakfast this morning, so we poured our hot tea into our travel mugs, put our hot grits into to-go cups and headed off with breakfast in hand!

Today we headed for the other side of Mt. Desert Island. We drove through a beautiful residential section in North East Harbor, then along Sommes Sound (which I had read was the only fjord in the eastern U.S.) and saw hundreds of lobster pots in the sound. We hiked two easy trails this morning- Wonderland and Ship Harbor. If I were to do just one of these, I would pick the Ship Harbor trail as my personal favorite. This was an easy hike with spectacular sea views. We did some exploring on the rocks along the water's edge. I got down and dirty in the tidal mud (not planned:) We had our morning tea at Seawalls picnic area on a rock outcropping overlooking the ocean-the national park has many beautiful picnic spots to enjoy the scenery-well worth the time to stop and just relax for a bit.

Our most memorable food experience on the trip was today at "Thurston's Lobster Pound." We chose a really big live lobster-nearly 3 pounds-and ate every bit along with corn on the cob and cole slaw at the great outside deck overlooking the harbor, while watching the lobster boats come in laden with more lobster pots. Yumm!

Back at the campground we donned warm clothes and drove to nearby Sand Beach. We lay on our blanket in the soft sand and gazed at a clear night sky filled with a myriad of bright stars as well as planets, meteors and satellites -which were identified out by the guest astronomer. Stars on the beach-who can beat that?
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