The Maine Coast, July 2017

In light of the holiday yesterday, I thought I would share some pictures of a trip my boyfriend and I took along the coast of Maine at this time last year.  We had no plans, but we had a tent and a Jeep and an idea that we wanted to explore the Maine coast a bit.  We ended up spending one night in Bar Harbor which was beautiful.IMG_6713

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The next day we took a hike up a trail in Acadia National Park called the Beehive.  It had spectacular view overlooking the ocean….

The cliffs were very precarious and steep, but the breeze coming off the ocean was not to be missed. We then went to the beach far below for a quick swim…

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I was not brave enough to go swimming- the water was FREEZING, but my boyfriend did and found it to be really refreshing.  Acadia National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the Northeast.  It was a pleasure to explore-  full of fun interesting roads to drive, and hikes through Pine forests.  The trails are well maintained and easy to traverse.  (Be sure to take plenty of water, though, I made the mistake of not bringing enough which caused us to prematurely end our hike.)

We then drove along the coast to the picturesque town of Camden.  It was very quaint and typical of towns along the Maine coast: full of cute little stores and restaurants. We had a delicious dinner on the dock overlooking the harbor.  (Below).

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This was a magical trip that we took last summer.  I hope to go back sometime soon!
Happy Thursday!

Pine Cobble Trail, Williamstown, MA September 2017

Last summer, we took a beautiful hike up the pine cobble trail in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  It was communicated to us as being a “mild walk over a ridge.” We had visions of it being a quick up and down again- but it ended up being much more of a hike than we expected.  ( I think it took about 4 hours total.) Part of the hike was along the Appalachian trail.  This part of the AT was unknown to me as I have ever only encountered the section in the presidential range of the White Mountains.  I was pleased to find that it was well marked and full of interesting thru- hikers who were all very friendly.   We had a blast and it was a lovely adventure.   I wanted to show some pictures of this wonderful day.

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The view from the top of the ridge was spectacular.  Below you can see Williamstown itself.

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Finally, on the return down the other side of the ridge we came across an old mill pond. The sound of the water running in the woods along the trail was so peaceful.  If you are ever in the Williamstown area and looking for a (relatively) easy day hike I totally recommend it.  Have a week great everyone!

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Seattle, Washington May 2018

Greetings! This past weekend I was lucky enough to have the chance to visit some family in Seattle.  I had previously been there in 2016, and was eager to return and do some more exploring.  On this visit, I spent some time on Bainbridge Island and did a hike up Rattlesnake Ridge.

Bainbridge Island

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The Ferry ride over to the Island was very short and easy.  We got in line, without any reservation, and were soon on our way across to the island with only minimal waiting as we took a car across.  Above is the view of the city from the ferry- sadly no Space Needle in this picture.

We took a walk along a beautiful beach in Fay- Bainbridge State Park. This beach featured some old dead logs that presumably washed up on shore after falling off of a boat.  This seems to be a feature of the Pacific Northwest- on our previous visit we spent some time exploring a beach on the other side of the Olympic Mountain range which had the same type of logs:

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We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the town on the Island. It was very reminiscent of many little island towns in New England- cute, charming shops and cozy little restaurants. We then took a ferry back to the city.  Again, it was smooth and easy. (This is surprising to me, as I am used to the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard which requires reservations to be made months and months in advance when taking a car across.)

Rattlesnake Ridge

We spent the second day of my visit hiking up Rattlesnake Ridge– and we were not alone. The walk up was slightly less crowded, but going down it was practically a moving line of people.  It was understandable, as this was a beautiful day of a long weekend, but it did diminish the sense of solitude that the woods can provide.

The hike is a lovely gradual path up switchbacks through the forest. Unlike hiking in New England, the path was almost totally devoid of rocks which needed to be scrambled over. (I am not such a fan of that aspect of hiking in New Hampshire).  The contrast of this flat, smooth, even trail was quite astounding.

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The trees were really spectacular- they towered over us, seemingly 10 stories tall.

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The view from the top of the ridge was of Mount Si on one side- (far too steep for the likes of me.)

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And the other view point was Rattlesnake Lake.  I began to get very nervous about how precarious the cliff was and the number of other people who were there- it seemed like it would be quite easy to fall off the edge!

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As it turns out, tragically, there have been numerous accidental deaths here- several people got too close to the edge and fell off, so my apprehension about getting too close was well justified!

I had a fantastic time in Seattle and the visit was all too brief. Until next time! (Above is a picture of my brother Josh and I being goofy and a view of the Olympic Mountain Range from Golden Gardens Park.)