The brochures say its a 25 mile loop that can be completed in about 3 hours. Following a visit at the visitor center and purchasing a park pass watching a 15m video highlighting the park we purchased an audio tour of the park. With a run time of 70 min, with pauses at the sights we headed off on the tour. Along the way there are many bridges most granite dating to the turn of the century meaning hand cut and hand built
. Many waterfalls all flowing well with all the rain we have had, and stunning vistas. A stop about half way up was at Jordan's pond for tea, coffee and popup's at 5:20 then it was off to the summit at about 1000 ft asl. By this time the clouds had returned and the temp was falling, there are hundreds of miles of trail within the park some ranging from paved easy access paths all the way up to rock/iron bar ladders with wall side hand rails (we didn't venture on to these). At the top there is a 1km loop around the summit with several much larger trails leading off all labeled moderate. The shortest was labeled as 2.2km. I ventured around it, while the girls headed back to the truck as it was getting quite cold and the sun set was beginning to be spectacular I made it about 500m before realizing it was descending in very large steps 2-3' in one step as the light in the trees was really starting to fail and decided it wasn't such a good idea and turned back I'm sure a 2.2km trail of that status would have taken much more than an hour, time I knew I didn't have. Back at the car the girls were having a great time watching the tourists all arriving to watch the sunset which was very pink but not very wide due to the heavy cloud cover. Back down the mountain with a revised plan to have dinner in town instead of our pork chops due to time and certain people's bed times (and yes I'm talking about Tara's) ;) We headed back to the harbor landing at Galyn's restaurant where I had a very difficult time deciding what to order, leaning towards the when in Rome adage but being fearful of an expensive dinner I might not be able to eat I opted for a lobster bisque instead of a lobster platter, with a chicken linguine, Tara had a tarragon chicken with rice and kale. It was very tasty but the chicken got very dry as she got into it, it's too bad it was yummy and the manager removed it from the bill even better. Off to bed for another travel day. ~b
Good morning sun, surf and Hannah who woke at 6:45 with brilliant blue skies, gulls calling, and a loon out on the bay. The puddles within the park have eaten all the garbage stations with 3-6" of water and any site without a gravel driveway is very soft. Our wifi node is still not accepting connections. Cheyenne was given the chance at an Atlantic swim but instead decided to puddle just her feet in the water. Following morning nap it was Acadian National Park tour time.