Great Lakes Road Trip: Mount Desert Island, Maine

So, sticking with our theme of lakes we decided to walk round Jordan Pond. The sun was warm and bright, such a change to the weather we have had throughout our trip. We were even brave enough to leave our hoodies in the car!

We have done this walk before, but last time was in the fall, and very early in the morning. The difference this time…. warmth, and people! It’s not only June but a Friday so lots of people, but as we walked further from the Jordan Pond House, where there’s a store and restaurant and easy access to the lake for pictures, they thinned out to just a few as we walked.

The number of trees falling after being eaten is incredible.

The trail hugs the lakeside all the way and is reasonably easy to walk the five and a half kilometres.

The difference this time…. warmth, and people! It’s not only June but a Friday so lots of people, but as we walked further from the Jordan Pond House, where there’s a store and restaurant and easy access to the lake for pictures, they thinned out to just a few as we walked.

Of course, I have to stop regularly to take in the views, and capture a picture, but today Amr was enjoying the walk so much he didn’t even complain!

After a well deserved coffee and rest watching the lake we drove round the Park Loop Road, 27 miles around. Stopping first at Sand Beach, beautiful in the sunshine, and crowded with people enjoying a day at the beach.

We walked along the waters edge and then just sat watching the waves crashing on the beach,

and laughing at the teenagers, having donned their bikinis, sashaying down to the waters edge, then screaming at the cold water! It was so relaxing we could have stayed there all day. However, as usual, the call of fresh lobster was calling Amr’s stomach so we continued the loop road and went to find a lobster shack to try.

The find was very successful so we had one very full and very happy husband, always a good situation! It means he’s amiable to heading out again to watch the sunset from Cadillac Mountain.

Having walked around the summit,

and found a great spot to watch the sun go down, clouds hid the horizon so it was an unspectacular sunset.

Another beautiful sunny morning, although there was definitely a chill in the air, Eagle Lake was our challenge for the day,

8.5 kilometers around the trail started and ended as a carriage trail,

a gravel pathway used by cyclists and horse carriages as well as walkers. Lots of cyclists about today but not too many walkers. The trail for the main part hugs the side of the lake, and becomes more and more challenging.

With ups and downs, along tree roots and rocks and boulders,

it’s a real workout,

but those views of the lake are worth every stretch of the muscles,

yes each and every one of them! In parts there was still evidence of the hard and wet winter, the land wet and boggy, and they had been busy building boardwalks to protect the land from footfall. This can be fun when you meet others combining in the opposite direction, but generally politeness reigns and everyone gives way to the other at convenient points.

Feeling decidedly shattered by the end, there was only one solution, yet more lobster….

After a rest back on the deck at our motel, we went down into Bar Harbour for a short walk along the coastal path, with an ice cream for company, then browsed the shops before calling it a day as my bed was calling… loudly!

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