Dwight Peck's personal website
2007 -- Late
September in the USA
Desert Island, Maine, USA: Otter Point and Gorham Mountain
path, sandy beach, stubby granite summit, and a squirrel
may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a
good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught
up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
it was a nice 'hikish' up Cadillac Mountain, but today we're looking for a gentle
coastal walk. Kristin scopes out Otter Point at the southeastern tip of Mount
Desert Island, looking westward towards Western Point -- today, however, we're
walking north towards Newport Cove. 1 October 2007.
"Ocean Path" northward rises a bit up over Otter Cliff on a well-prepared
tourist sort of path, part of Acadia National Park.
first destination, the sandy beach at Newport Cove, with "The Beehive"
up on the left and Great Head out to the right. The "Park Loop" tourist
road runs right along the coast next to the path, so that people can enjoy the
scenic coastline from any number of carparks along the way.
back southward towards Otter Cliff. The wheelchair-accessible path is on the right.
has to pause in our hike to take an important telephone call.
has to spend a little longer on her telephone call.
signalling that this is a really important telephone call.
we should just jump.
important telephone call.
on the hoof, the sandy beach at Newport Cove -- we're heading out around Great
trail out around Great Head is mostly 30 meters or so above the sea, so there's
a brief scramble up off the beach to start it off.
brief pause out on Great Head to have a snack and make a few important calls.
around Great Head, we're in the market for a different way back to the car at
Otter Point. That's The Beehive trail up there, with several people apparently
stuck on it halfway up.
Beehive Trail. Which looks a bit out of the way for today.
gazing at the The Beehive trail, settles on Gorham Mountain instead.
gentler Gorham trail provides more welcome opportunities for explaining the plight
of the Palestinians to a receptive audience.
the side of Gorham Mountain, a look back down at Great Head and the sandy beach
of Newport Cove.
and Dorr Mountains from the south-southeast.
Peck looking around for the Gorham Mountain summit marker. Kristin's in this photo,
looking all about for the elusive summit marker, and with an eye out for cute
it is -- the Gorham Mountain summit, rising granitely 160m (522 feet) from the
seashore below, with various Cranberry and associated islands in the offing.
race to the summit
looks a little like a prehistoric tomb in the Orkney Islands.
the summit of Gorham Mountain, alpine-style expedition, without oxygen equipment
top of Gorham Mountain from the south, Cadillac Mountain on the horizon
Mountain has a pretty extended sort of summit . . .
. . that just keeps going and going . . .
. . before, at the end of a long ridge, it starts down at last.
southward towards Otter Point as the trail starts down to the coast on the left
agilely along the rocks, with a careful eye out for cute little squirrels
the hill on gorgeous granite back to sea level
and a cairn
peering into the thicket of trees for squirrels
trail gets down towards sea level, with a feeling of expectancy
Otter Cliff, just moments from the car and just at Happy Hour!
Feedback and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 14 October 2007, 18 August 2014.