Sunday, September 25, 2016

Haiku for You

Fall is in the air
Sweet and crisp as an apple
Put a sweater on

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Big Payoff, Little Effort

We said good-bye to Wendy and Dan as they headed home today. ;o( We left the cottage around 11:30 to hike the Beech Mountain Loop Trail, a new one for us.  I liked it right from the beginning due to the bathroom in the parking lot!  
This is the only hike in the park with a fire tower at the top.  It was fairly steep but only took us about 20 minutes to reach the summit.
Pretty incredible view from the summit and we were able to climb to the first level of the fire tower. 
Cranberry Islands
We had our snacks at the summit and we got to meet this pretty girl from Boston.
Hi Sugar!
Her owner said she was nervous around people but he brought her over to say hello and after a few sniffs and head scratches, she rolled over for some tummy rubs.  A very sweet girl.

We hiked down the rest of the loop trail and were glad we did.  It was a much more gentle trail which took us about 30 minutes; however, we stopped to enjoy the view of Long Pond.  It really was a spectacular day with a light breeze and temps around 77*.
We left there and drove to Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse where we ate our lunch among the rocks and the shore.  
Love this speckled rock!
The tide was in so we couldn't get a good view of the lighthouse but it's there...
There was still time for a short bike ride so we left Bass Harbor and drove to the Visitor's Center where we changed into our bike shorts in the car.  Not an easy task considering the limited amount of space ;o)  Mission accomplished and we headed off to ride the Witch Hole Pond Loop.  

We have ridden this loop before, but never starting from the VC.  Wendy and Dan have ridden it several times from this direction, describing the beginning as the "worst hill in the park", which we initially doubted. wasn't terribly long but it was VERY steep.  Wendy texted us to ride it without stopping.  HA, I had already stopped twice by then, as had Bill.  It was so steep that when Bill pushed off to get started again, the front wheel of his bike came off the ground, tipping him over backward.  He fell off and ended up running DOWN the hill to avoid being hit by his bike.  I missed it all as I left first and didn't stop until I reached the top, where I was waiting for him by this sign.
No Shit!
Thankfully, he wasn't hurt and we proceeded on our way.  This is a nice easy ride, not too many big hills and we didn't make any wrong turns.
Witch Hole Pond
Half Moon Pond
It was fairly late in the day and I really loved the way the sun struck this field, turning it a beautiful golden color.
As it turned out, we rode this loop on the same date in 2009.

We watched a beautiful sunset from Cadillac Mountain,

then drove into town for dinner.  Our plan was to have pizza at Little Anthony's but the traffic was so bad we couldn't get near the place, so we ended up at Pat's Pizza on the other end of town.  We got back to our cottage around 8:00 after a very nice, full day.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Hiking Separately, Together

Wendy and Dan made crepes for breakfast, which we all enjoyed in their cottage.  We filled them with blueberries, strawberries and bananas, then covered them with maple syrup and whipped cream.  Yum!  The day dawned clear and sunny, which was perfect for our hiking plans.  We left the cottages about 9:50 in two cars.  We parked and left Bill's car at the Champlain North Ridge Trailhead, where Wendy and I were going to hike.  
Trail we go!
The guys took Dan's car to The Precipice, which they were going to hike.  Our plan was to meet at the summit and all hike down the CNRT together.

Wendy and I started our hike at 10:30 and reached the summit at 11:35. 
Overlooking the Porcupine Islands
This is a fairly easy hike, although quite steep in some places.  It offers wonderful views of the Porcupine Islands and Schoodic Point.
We waited at the summit for about an hour before Bill and Dan made their appearance.

The Precipice is considered the most difficult hike/climb in the park as it is virtually straight up for one mile.  No wonder it took them such a long time.
The trail is there somewhere...
These photos were taken by Dan and I'm not sure what the correct order is but it gives you an idea what the trail is like.
Um, no thank you
Warning sign at the summit of the Precipice Trail 
There they are!
Well done!
We picked a nice, sunny spot with a good view to have our lunch.  
I think the guys could have fallen into a nice deep sleep if we had left them to their own devices.  We started the hike down at 1:11 and reached Bill's car at 1:54.

From there we picked up Dan's car and drove to Sand Beach.  After a quick trip to the bathroom we took a nice walk along the Ocean path, past Thunder Hole to a nice spot on the rocks, in the shade.  

Sand Beach
Otter Cliffs
"Stay away from the edge!"
We sat quietly, listening to the sound of the sea and watched the clouds appear and disappear, little wisps of white in a blue sky.

On to the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor for popovers and tea/coffee on the deck.  It was a beautiful afternoon.

Wendy and Dan drove "home", while we drove into town for gas, then back to the cottage.  We sat on the deck and the three of us tried a beer they brought over (A Tiny Beautiful Something) and Bill had a Ginger Beer (Bundaberg). 
We borrowed their grill (which they brought to our deck) and fixed hamburgers for dinner.  What a great day!

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Our Own Blueberry Patch

Although we haven't ever talked about having blueberry bushes, when the farm down the road decided to go out of business and sell their mature bushes for $20 each, we decided to give it a try. 

We picked what we think is the sunniest spot in the yard and Bill got all the grass dug out on Saturday, 9/3.  
We bought ten bags of top soil and a bag of peat moss to work into the soil.  We had planned to borrow the neighbor's rototiller but when Bill went to ask to use it, he came home empty was already loaned out.  Crap!  He started tilling it by hand but decided that was just too much work, so we went to Home Depot and bought a tiller attachment for his Ryobi grass trimmer.  Genius!
We finished it up on Sunday before heading out on a bike ride with Wendy and Dan.  I placed some old landscape bricks where I thought the bushes would go.  

Someone is enjoying the nice warm dirt.
Bill borrowed Dan's trailer yesterday and headed over about 4:30, to find himself the 29th car in line! They had posted on their Facebook page that they would be digging plants up after 5:00 but everyone had the same idea...get there sooner, not later.  He didn't get home until about 6:20 and I hadn't gone along because I wasn't feeling well. 

Thankfully, we only wanted three bushes...they are a LOT bigger than I anticipated!
The plan was to drag the bush down onto the board.  Although we were advised that each bush weighs between 200-250 pounds, Bill says that sucker weighed about 700!  On to Plan B.  Bill had to use the tow hook on my car and an old climbing rope to drag it off.
Well, its not pretty but atleast it's off the trailer.
One down, two to go.  At least that was the biggest one.
Two down, better hurry, it's getting dark.  
Finally done at 7:15.  The last one was the smallest and the easiest to get off the trailer.  I say it was easy; I watched while Bill pulled the darn thing off with his bare hands.

After adding all that nice top soil and getting it mixed in, we decided we would have to move it all off because the plants would sit way too high otherwise.  So that's what I did this morning while Bill was in the clinic.
It's hard to see but the soil in the center is several inches higher than the grass.
Always good to have a supervisor on the job.
When Bill got home we spent the next two hours moving them into their new homes, which sounds a lot easier than it was.  Bill had to use a come-along, as well as the car to get the two bigger ones into the hole; we were able to drag the smaller one by hand.  Then they required some repositioning and fill to get them to stand up straight.  

Mission accomplished a little after 4:00.
There is still a little more work to do along the edges but we watered them in really well and once the dirt is settled, we'll finish up.  

That was a ton of work, I hope we can both move in the morning...those suckers better grow blueberries!!!

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