The First Day of Spring
After a surprisingly mild winter here on the island (we might have had 18 inches of snow all winter, which is what we average in February alone most winters), spring has arrived early in the form of mild temperatures. The crocus are blooming and the robins have arrived.
I celebrated this first day of spring by hiking up Gorham mountain, overlooking the ocean, then lunching at Sand Beach where it was warm enough to take off my hiking shoes and cool my feet in the surf. The warm sand felt wonderful to walk on, the surf was cold (about 40 degrees), so a few splashes took care of the sweaty feet in a hurry!
The sun was sparkling off the water like diamonds, and I quickly warmed up as I set off from Sand Beach hiking along the ocean trail. I never tire of seeing the sunshine onthe water – drug free anti-depressant! When I reached the trail head for Gorham mountain, I knew that the easiest part of the hike was behind me.
The hike held some interesting sights as I climbed, including this “tunnel” that even I, at 5’3″ had to duck to walk through.
I also found a plaque honoring Walter Bates, one of the first (well after the Indians of course) trail creators of Acadia. As I have hiked around the park, I have “discovered” a number of plaques honoring various persons, but I don’t know how many there is total. So it’s a bit like a treasure hunt!
My hike lead me along an area known as Cadillac Cliffs, and there were a few spots where the drop off was significant. Since the trees are still leafless, there were wonderful views of the ocean as my trail twisted and turned up and over the mountainside.
After about a mile of hiking uphill, I was rewarded with fantastic views of the island and the coastline. Since most hikes here on the island start at sea level, or slightly above; even a small mountain top (like Gorham at 525 feet) will give you stellar views. Worth the climb!! NOTE: Any pictures that you want to view full screen, just “right-click” on, then use your back button to return to the blog.