Hard core hiking!

Trip Start Jun 17, 2011
Trip End Jul 10, 2011

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Where I stayed
Balckwoods Campground
What I did
Explored the National Park

Flag of United States  , Maine
Friday, July 1, 2011

We didn't get up too early today.  We showered and were ready to leave at 8:00.  We stopped at one of the info centers and got a map of the national park.  Our next stop was the Hull’s Cove Visitor Center.  Here I got the Sr. Ranger program book, and we watched an introductory video Acadia.  Next stop was Sierre Du Mons (not sure that I spelled that right).  There were several trails that started here but we decided to warm up with a relatively flat 1.5 miles Jessop trail to Hemlock Road trail.  After that we looked at the natural springs.  The ranger had said that Precipice was open which was rather unusual because of  falcons nesting here.  This year they did not lay eggs so they opened the trail.  It was only .9 miles but it was straight up, much of the time using ladders and having a railing to hang on to on thin cliffs with hundred ft. drop offs.  The sign said it was the steepest, most dramatic trail in the park, then another sign said that it was not a hiking trail by rather a non-technical climb.  It said it would take at least 1.25 hours to go up and the same amount back.  We reached the summit of Champlain mountain in exactly one hour, spent about 15 minutes at the top with amazing views, then came back in about 1 hour.  My legs were killing me, but when we passed people it gave me the necessary push to keep going.   Next we checked out Sand Beach.  As you can gather by the name, it is the only true sandy beach on the island (other parts are all rocks, and some are sand and rocks mixed).  We ate lunch at the beach, then quickly stuck our feet in the edge of the water.  We drove to Thunder Holes, which is a phenom. created by the waves entering a rock cave then the water booms back out. Next we rode our bikes 6.9 miles around Eagle Lake on a carriage road. The carriage roads were built by Rockefeller around the 1920’s and are very hard packed gravel.  My legs were really hurting by this point.  We went to the campground next to try to check in for the night.  There as a small line but we were set up by 5:00.  We came into Bar Harbor and looked around.  Then we went to Stewarts Lobster Pound.  A lobster pound is a restaurant where you buy the lobsters by the pound (go figure), the live lobsters are right there, and so are the steam pots so you can watch the process.  I got grilled chicken, and Miles got the Eastern experience which had a 1.25 pound lobster, steamed clams, corn on the cob, potato and blueberry pie.  After dinner we spent a little more time looking around town, then went back to the campground so I could be back for the 8:45 ranger talk about rocks.  As part of my Senior Ranger program I had to listen to two ranger talks.  The talk was geared towards a younger, not so scientific group even though it was an adult program.  Oh well.  After this we went to bed.
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