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.
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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