During my first full weekend in our new home, we decided to take a break and head to one of our favorite places for lunch; the summit of Bald Rock Mountain. So, with a light lunch in hand, we made our way to the multi-use trail in Lincolnville.
Although I was still acclimated to the flat terrain of Long Island, I had finally reached an endurance level that would allow me to walk the one mile gradual incline of the multi-use trail without begging to stop for air. (My daily walks to Barrett’s Cove must be having a positive impact on my stamina, although I still cannot make it up the hill heading towards home without some difficulty). Once we reached the trail-head I was hoping that I could make it up the half mile to the summit without stopping two or three times in order to bring my heart rate down; that proved to be an unattainable goal for this trip but it remained on my list as a future achievement.
Mid-September proved a wonderful time of year for this hike. The areas near the multi-use trail were filled with jewelweeds and asters; flowers that would bloom well into October. Along the Bald Rock Mountain trail, we found patches of silver-rod. During the hike, the woods were just beginning to present a hint of a more golden hue not seen in summer.
After making our obligatory three stops to catch my breath, we reached the summit. We found a comfortable sunny spot to enjoy our lunch; the Penobscot Bay below us and a field of goldenrods before us. Directly across from our perch, we watched the ferry crossing to Isleboro. Beyond that, I assumed the mountains in the distance were part of Acadia. The day was fairly clear, providing us with a spectacular view.
We spent an hour basking in the gifts nature had offered us before heading back down the trail.