It's a pretty steep climb with several areas where you have to climb up iron rungs and one area you walk over an iron bridge.
Seriously??? Who thought of this anyway? It can't be safe!!! Can it??? I don't remember it from the last three times but obviously I made it across without incident. Just as I was starting to hyperventilate and curse under my breath, some young guy came practically running up the trail, wearing crocs. CROCS for crying out loud. Who wears CROCS to climb up the side of a mountain? I was kind of
|Didn't even break a sweat|
|The Bowl with Champlain Mtn. in the background|
Generally, from here we hike to the summit of Gorham Mtn, then down the other side to the Park Loop Road and walk back along the Ocean Path. However, today we decided to return via The Bowl Trail, which is much shorter so we could spend some time sitting in the sun and reading.
We were back to the trailhead by 1:00. We walked down to Sand Beach to find a rather strong, cool breeze coming off the water, which explained why there weren't many people on the beach, although the parking lot was full.
We drove a little way down the Park Loop Road, parked the car in a lot, took our lunch, books and chairs across the road to the pink granite shoreline, where we spent a couple of hours just sitting and enjoying the surf (maybe taking a little snooze). It was perfect!
We skipped the J.P.H. today and went into town, where we walked around, window shopped (Bill found himself a new pit bull t-shirt) and got a pizza at Little Anthony's.
We couldn't have asked for better weather the past three days, highly unusual for us.
It only makes sense for Wendy Bee to climb the Beehive with her man, Dan.
A look back...June, 2006
We went twice that year, June and September.
|Obligatory photo on top of The Beehive|
|Full moon over Cadillac Mtn.|
|Fog moving in over Porcupine Islands|