Fact is, the campground is nearly empty – not 10% of the sites are occupied, and it’s perfect weather. Lucky for us! Perhaps the fact that there are flush toilets, but no showers or hot water in the campground deters others. Their loss.
We decided to hike the Imp – a rocky protrusion half-way up a mountain.
Unfortunately, we didn’t quite understand where the trailhead was, so we had already gone about 2 miles before we started our climb. It was difficult – mostly rocky surface with many water crossings. Jezzy was a champ, but she did balk a few times (that girl does NOT like to get her feet wet!). We struggled to the top, 4.1 miles from the bottom. Sandwiches appeared in our pack, and we recuperated, while worrying over the daylight left vs the distance we had to descend (2.2 miles) Neither Jezzy nor I was too happy with this little ladder in the descent. All in all, it was a fantastic day, but we did hike 10 miles. About four miles uphill, two miles downhill, and four flat miles. We were so happy to get back to camp! Totally worth all the effort though, even the spill I took on a very slippery rock. John always says to me, “you’ve got to trust your boots.” I did, and they let me down. My arm is nicely banged up, but it’s a pretty small price to pay for such a vista.
Monday was our last day in New Hampshire. We decided to do a 15 mile gravel road bike ride to a trailhead where we could hike to three waterfalls. A good choice – great ride, and wonderful two-mile hike.
Now we’re in Maine – camping reservations in Acadia, but it’s closed. We can stay in our campsite for two days while we make other plans, but the Park is not accessible to us at all. We’re pretty bummed out. Think we’re going to hang around Bar Harbor for a day, then move north toward Canada for the next several days. Hopefully, Congress will remove their collective heads from their butts and resolve their budget impasse, but we’re not hopeful that Acadia will be open while we’re still here.
We passed this grand old hotel on the way to Dolly Copp. It was enormous.