Mostly misty in Maine!

1 Oct

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The quieter, west side of the Acadia peninsular is served by the shuttle buses we had been using, however the Autumn schedule meant the connections had 3 hrs between them at any stopping point, a little too long for hopping on and off and a quick visit. We decided to move camp to Bass Harbor Campground which gave us easy walking access to both the town and the lighthouse.

 

En route we took the opportunity to stop at South West Harbor. A small sleepy town at this time of the year we did find a nice bakery to buy some bread for lunch which we ate overlooking Clark Point and the boats moored there.

From the Bass Harbor Campground it is just a short walk to the lighthouse, the swell on P1140558the water seemed no deterrent to those who take pleasure in boats, both sailing and with motor. I would have been reluctant!

 

 

 

 

 

We stood and watched the waves, spotting seals fishing in theP1140556 kelp beds, while many visitors arrived,  looked at the lighthouse taking a photo then departing. Again we realise the benefits of not having a schedule to keep up to.

Back at ‘camp’ we looked at our maps and decided to return next day to Bar Harbor and then continue back on to mainland Maine to travel further down the coast.

 

 

 

 

As we needed to fill our gas tanks (petrol and propane) we called at a gas station near Bucksport simply because it was on the correct side of the road and allowed easy access. We made the day for the two young guys working there who were delighted to help us and could not resist the temptation to give haRVey a screen wash!

P1140572 Thank you!

 

With a clean screen we carried on to the look out of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge where we enjoyed a great view while having another roadside lunch. The colours have intensified here since we crossed in the opposite direction less than a week ago.

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We pulled in to Camden Hills State Park just after 2pm, and before we could get properly set up the heavens opened with a heavy rain storm, the rest of the afternoon was damp and dreary, such a shame as the morning had held promise. We crossed the main road to the shoreline side of the State Park taking the coastal trail the short distance it travels here. Robert was pleased to find lots of fungi, of various sorts, it looks like being a prolific area for him to explore!

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What a difference a day makes, we awoke to a little greyness but by mid morning it had lifted so we set off to hike one of the many trails surrounding the State Park. Initially we were heading for a relatively easy hike but on questioning our direction and looking at the map again we realised we had begun to climb one of the more difficult rated trails. Now I wonder how that happened? Whatever, we continued…. and hiked what was supposed to be one mile but seemed much further, rising to the view point at 1300ft on Mount Megunticook (base camp was at 200ft).

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We were rewarded with great views out to the harbour in Camden way below us. Also in view was the motor route to the top of Mount Battie (780ft) a well travelled route for tourists in the area who take the easy option of using wheels to see the view.

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Being gluttons for punishment we walked on the extra .5 of a mile to reach the summit of Mount Megunticook but I was disappointed to discover no further views.

P1140590The trail was perhaps not as difficult as the one we took to Mount Ellmore, but still had lots of challenges, which taxed our muscles, but, gave us the satisfaction of having burnt off the calories we had consumed with the lovely blueberry muffins Robert made whilst we waited for the cloud to lift earlier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had taken the hike to the top of the mountain on the correct day as next morning we awoke to thick mist. We needed to do a little ‘housework’ which meant by the time we were ready to walk into Camden it had begun to rain. We waited a while, checked the radar on the internet and waited till risk of more rain had passed before we set out!

The mist swirled in and out as we walked the 2 miles along the road. Robert was sure a side road would give us a short cut (why do I not listen to my instincts?) it led to a dead end overlooking the outer part of Camden Harbour where a few boats were moored in the mist.

IMG_4318 Yes, look carefully and they are there!

A little further on the main road we arrived at the town proper. So different to Bar Harbor, yes, it was a little touristy but had some lovely little stores and a nice feel.

In the harbour some of the famous Windjammer boats were awaiting passengers to take a ride, there were not many takers.

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Looking out to the open water you can see why!

Despite the damp misty conditions the day was very warm and our waterproof jackets were more of a hindrance than help. The remnants of a tropical storm were all around us and most counties of Maine were under either a strong wind warning or flood watch We had chosen, thankfully to stop in the one little bit with no warnings. Overnight high winds rustled in the woods behind us and a little rain pattered on the roof, however the early morning news revealed severe flooding in North Carolina and New Jersey and that heavy rain had fallen in many part of other eastern States.

We have chosen to stay at Camden Hills State Park for another night hopefully avoiding more rain and high winds forecast for this afternoon. Its a great State Park and we have a lovely spot which would overlook a field and towards colourful trees if I could see that far through the mist. We have water and a 50amp electricity supply, lots of trails within the park and the bonus of internet access means we have just about everything we could wish for…….pity about the weather though!

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2 Responses to “Mostly misty in Maine!”

  1. Susan October 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    great post and pics!
    I forgot about the Penobscot bridge! We took the tour and the elevator to the top.
    sorry about the weather you are having- its often foggy in Maine…makes me homesick for New England!

    • elainethehill October 2, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

      Haa, you would be jealous now Sue, the sun has come out today and it is just great, good job after the weather we have been having! Think you may be a little damp too in MI

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