Well, Portland is a pleasant memory, dulled by the beauty & splendor of Mount Desert Island, home to the rugged Acadia National Park. Seawall Campground is tucked away on “The Quietside” of the island. Seriously, that is what they call it. Plenty of hustle & bustle for us. Our campsite is perfect & there are many empty sites around us. Peaceful & quiet, just the way we like it.
The trail around Ships Harbor was our first hike. We had beautiful views of the bay most of the way. Plenty of the gorgeous rocky shorelines that captivate me. The air was crisp & breezy with a gentle sun. Just perfect.
The village of Southwest Harbor is about five minutes from the campground & has become quite the draw for us. A couple of blocks loaded with restaurants, shops, bakeries & coffee shops. There are 3 bakery/coffee shops in 2 blocks. Heaven. (also, home to 3 laundromats, but that isn’t nearly as fun) Café 2 has become our go to restaurant. We seem to stop there every time we drive by. The food is yummy, the outside garden seating is beautiful & the wait people are all from eastern Europe! Not a bit of southern grace to be found.
Hio Road is a fire road that leads directly from the campground into “the deep woods”. The trail looked beautiful, so we thought it would be fun, wide with a gentle grade. The woods were breath taking. So were the very hungry mosquitos that covered us the Nano-second we slowed down. Even picture taking was done on the run. We doused ourselves in repellant but that didn’t stop them from hovering too close for comfort. The trail ended on Rt 102, where the breeze kept the bugs at bay, so we could have a brief rest. We have decided that as tempting as the deep north woods cabin sounds, the mosquitos will be bird size & hungry. Now looking for a cabin near a large body of water.
Long Pond Trail is along the shore line of a four-mile glacial lake. So beautiful to walk along the edge & view the homes scattered remotely along the opposite shore. The trail was rocky with a fair amount of climbing but was worth it. Of course, we had to stop & refresh ourselves at Café 2 before we could go home!