Been There, Done That!


Blue skies, soft clouds, gentle breezes=a perfect summer Sunday so we decided to boat to one of our favorite Maine islands, Isle au Haut.  Ordinarily, we go right to Duck Harbor for hiking and picnicking, but today we decided to go to town, if you can call it that,

because Black Dinah’s chocolates are made right there and we wanted to check it out.  But FIRST there’s this little hike to Mt. Champlain, the tallest peak on the island.  It’s close, an easy trail and a great view at the top.  At least that’s what the book said.  AND, we’ve never been there!

Off we went, but the first clue that this might not be a good idea is that instead of being 1/4 mile from the general store, the path was about a mile up the road.  The path, as it turned out, did not appear to be well travelled.  That should have been our second clue, but we trudged on through spider webs and underbrush,

tracking through mud and over tree roots and stones and under fallen trees.

The trail went on and on, and an easy 30 minute hike turned into an hour, reminding us of a similar death march we had taken in New Zealand.

Finally, we arrived at the summit.  Hmmm, no view because the trees were so tall they blocked what might have been a panorama of the surrounding islands and coastline.  All that marked the top was a pile of rocks–who would have done that– but, hey, we are here and we can prove it!

No one really wanted to say too much about what a disappointment this adventure was, but we decided to put it in the category of been there, done that!

Oh, did we make it to Black Dinah’s?

Well, some of us, but that’s another story.

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7 thoughts on “Been There, Done That!

  1. Happier Than A Pig in Mud August 1, 2010 — 5:59 pm

    Looks like you had a great day! Love the “to town” sign!

  2. We did a hike in Vail called “lost Lake, 3.5 miles there and 3.5 miles back,, when we got there the lake was lost and nowhere to be found!!

  3. Oh, when that would happen with my kids I would say, “Well that was an adventure.” You will laugh about it in years to come. Say, “Let’s go back to town!” I wanted to hear about Dinah’s. Was it as disappointing?

  4. Looks like a fun adventure!

    Thanks so much for being a part of “Summer Sundays”.

    – The Tablescaper

  5. Fun story! Thanks for sharing. I love reading posts about boating adventures, even the land trips that ensue. It sounded like a great adventure and at least you had good weather. beth at http://anothersummeroffun.blogspot.com

  6. So jealous you live in Maine where all the yummy wild blueberries seem to come from. Thanks for stopping by me blog and hope the blueberry gluten free cake turns our great for you. Suzanne from: http:/youmadethatblog.wordpress.com

  7. Oh, do we ever remember The Siberian Death March, er The Siberian Experience in New Zealand!

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