Over our last days off, we decided to go a bit northeast over to Schoodic Peninsula. It's part of Acadia National Park, and we heard tell that it is usually pretty quiet over there. And it was both pretty and quiet. Score!
Since I haven't let Phil do as much hiking here as he would like (I don't do any hikes that require me to climb ladders...sorry honey), I looked at the various trail write ups and told him I would do A, B, or C, which were all marked E for Easy. Well, we may have started out easy, but I made the mistake of saying it was kinda boring after my Acadia Mountain experience, so I let him lead me on a couple of M for Moderates. And if you're wondering what all my fussing is about, here is what "trails" in Maine look like.
(I swear the roots come alive and grab your ankles too.) And, yes, that second pic shows an ascending trail...up, and up and up we went. You think, hey, there eventually has to be a down, but no, in Maine, hikes just go up somehow. It's weird. But the view at the top was very cool.
One of our bosses here was getting sick of me disparaging Maine trails, so she asked me how trails in the West were different, and I tried to explain the lack of roots and boulders and actually having discernible trails to follow, and the lack of humidity and all that, but she just wasn't buying it. So I just said, listen, lady, all I know is that I hiked Grand Canyon Rim to Rim and it wasn't nearly as tough as the two piddly hikes I've done here, so hmpfh.
We don't have much planned for our upcoming days off except we're learning a new task here at work (I guess that means it's really not a day off, but whatever). They have a place here that sells coffee and pastries in the mornings, and they usually don't keep it open past Labor Day, but this year they want to try to keep it going as long as they have the staff, so tomorrow morning we are going to learn how to make coffee and run the register. Then a coworker offered us her tickets to a local playhouse doing Agatha Christie's "Black Coffee" for tomorrow afternoon, so we decided that may be a fun thing to do on a rainy afternoon.
Next stop...I dunno, but it's definitely not going to be a hike