|View from Norumbega of the Western Mountains|
|View from Norumbega of Sargent Mountain|
Norumbega is the last little mountain on the eastern lobe of Mount Desert Island, hugging the shoreline of Somes Sound, and through it's peek-a-boo views provides a panorama the Sargent Mountain cluster, the Cranberry Islands and North East Harbor, and the Western Mountains. The "Goat Trail" climbs a quick 550 feet from the trailhead, and the pulloff area was congested with a fleet of fellow outdoor enthusiasts all taking advantage of the freakish turn of weather. We had previously attempted this same hike about a month ago, and were forced to turn back on account of the voluminous overflow of ice that cascaded down the mountain and obscured the trail. This time, with temps almost reaching seventy degrees, it was a flashback to some of the hotter hikes last summer season. Still, no worry and no hurry was the motto today.
|View from Norumbega of Cranberry Islands|
That wasn't much of an issue until we reached the one-third mark around the 3.1 mile loop, and the path traversed the open ridgeline across granite slabs and winding through stands of gnarly, twisted Jack pine. Fortunately a nice ocean breeze picked up, which also helped to somewhat mask the traffic noise, unfiltered by foliage, that carried up out of the valley below.
We met only one other local couple on the trail, who became members of the Bird-Dog fan club. She thoroughly enjoyed this outing, lagging behind and wagging her behind over what apparently was a cornucopia of smells along the way. This was the third week of twice-daily treatment after testing positive for Lyme disease, and she seemed much improved in spirit and energy. After needing a few helpful boosts up the steeper sections, it was all downhill for the last couple miles, including an easy shoreline section around Lower Hadlock Pond during the "magic hour," then back to the truck, and, as opposed to backpacking, back to packing.
“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau
|Lower Hadlock Pond|