Lake George

Lake George
Lake George - from Tongue Mtn Range - 11/11/2011

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Southern Maine Vacation - 6/19-6/23/17


I've been going to Maine my whole life; almost always at least once per year in recent years.  Leesa loves to wander the beach and we both like to spend some time on the water sea kayaking.

As in past years, we started out at Ogunquit.  Our favorite lodging facility is the Dunes on the Waterfront, located at 518 Main Street, Ogunquit.  It is an oasis in a busy vacation town and there is a choice of motel rooms or cottages.  We have always opted for a cottage and did so again this year.   At low tide, you can wade across the Ogunquit River and be directly on Ogunquit Beach,  The deservedly famed Marginal Way is nearby.

The weeklong forecast was for cloudy weather with occasional thunderstorms.  Fortunately, the weather forecast was wrong and we had perfect weather all week!  We had no complaints.


Ogunquit River on the left; Atlantic Ocean on the right. 
  
Cottage 5B at the Dunes on the Waterfront.

We also took the opportunity to eat at our favorite seafood Restaurant, Fisherman's Catch on Harbor Road in Wells. 


The Fisherman's Catch Restaurant.

After two days in Ogunquit, we ventured further North to Hermit Island Campground in Small Point, Maine.  I've been going to this campground for 45 years!  Believe it or not, it hasn't changed at all.  That is fine with me; I like it just the way it is.  The rest of the photos in this post are taken from the campground.

We arrived on Tuesday morning, 6/20.  The campground was still in off-season mode and wasn't taking reservations until Friday 6/23.  All sites were first come, first served.  We thought all the ocean prime campsites would be taken, but to our great surprise we had a lot of options, including our favorite sites on Joe's Head.  We took site # 12 which is elevated and has a 270 degree water view.   See Joe's Head on the left side of the campground map.  Also available were Osprey Point sites 1 & 2 which are also really nice.
    

View from campsite Osprey Point #1


Our site - Joe's Head #12 

Joe's Head #12




The point on Joe's Head as seen from our campsite.
Once at the campground, we didn't do much for 3 days except chill.  We did a lot of paddling in the kayaks, roamed the beaches and just enjoyed time at our campsite.  Not only was the weather great, but we didn't have any morning ocean fog and we had a great sunset each night.  Alas,,, until next year....


Picture perfect...




The cove at Bald Head.







Gooseberry Isle at sunset as seen from our campsite


Sand Dune beach at sunset.




Monday, May 29, 2017

Eagle Eyrie - McKenzie Mountain Wilderness - 5/28/17

While Leesa was attending the 46er spring meeting and the Crowne Plaza hotel in Lake Placid on Saturday, I was charge of keeping our dog Rev occupied.  I dropped Leesa off at 11:30 and then headed to Whiteface Mountain Road to hike Eagle Eyrie (2631') via the Shore Owners Association (SOA) Lake Trail.

Eagle Eyrie has been on my list for awhile, and I had attempted it once, but the snow was too deep and I had turned around.  This time, all I needed was my bug head net to keep the black flies out of my face.  I started at Bloget Road and fo;;owed the road a couple hundred yards until the trail began on the left hand side of the road just before the road gate.

The Lake Shore trail is nothing special, but it leads to a bunch of options.  The signage is good on all the SOA trails, but they don't get much foot traffic, so sometimes you cannot even tell you are on a trail.  The trail discs are pretty good, but you occasionally have to look for them.  On this day, I just stayed on the Lake Shore trail all the say to the Eagle Eyrie trail.  It was about 4.8 miles on the Lake Shore Trail and then another 0.7 to the top.


A pair of the many good signs along the way. 


A foot bridge near the beginning of the Lake Shore Trail. 


Eagle Ryrie in the center left background.

When I got near the north shore of Lake Placide, just west of Head Brook, I found the remains of a house:  foundation, sink, tub, beds & stove.


An old firebox 


I think I'll pass...



A twin size bedframe
 Just after crossing Head Brook, there is a 0.1 spur trail to the lake, where boaters have access to a 0.8 mile hike to Eagle Eyrie.  Still the trail is lightly used. It appears that not many boaters have stopped to do this hike.  


A 2nd option is to approach Eagle Eyrie from Connery Popnd and Whiteface Landing.  That would be a slightly shorter and easier hike,

The climb from the lake is about a 600' elevation gain in 0.8 miles, with the forest transitioning from hardwoods to a coniferous forest about halfway up.

The Eagle Eyrie Trail.

The actual summit of Eagle Eyrie is heavily forested, but there is a small lookout which provides a nice view of Lake Placid.


lake Placid from Eagle Eyrie



The Eagle has landed...


A couple zoom views...









Mount Colden and the McIntyre Range in the background.

I returned via the same route.  I only saw one person all day, even though it was a holiday weekend.  It just goes to show that the SOA trail don't generally receive many visi

One of the many brook crossings


An SOA trail  to a Cascade and Pool(o.7 miles)  leads partway before a sign tells hikers to follow the streambed.
I got back in time to feed the dog and get myself some dinner before picking up Leesa from the Crowne Plaza.  Rev was sufficiently tired so slept on the drive home.


Hike Stats:
Hike Distance:  11.7 miles
Hike Time:  6 hours
Total Vertical Gain:  ~ 1300'

The route

The route on the Nat Geo map