Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Just perfect......

8:37 am - Wednesday - June 20th - Southwest Harbor, ME - 65º F, 56% humidity, wind 8 mph out of the southwest.......partly cloudy skies with a forecast high of 69º F.

We were up after 7 am on Tuesday.....nice to sleep in.....we watched a couple of recorded World Cup soccer matches in the morning while sipping our coffees....a nice relaxing beginning to our day off work.

Around noon we got dressed and headed out to the 'Seawall' area to do a couple of local hikes.....'Ship Harbor' and 'Wonder Land' trails.  These are not long trails....probably less than 2 miles each, plus any side trails you may explore.........



.......the trails are only about 1/2 mile apart, and take you to magnificent views of the coast, plus  the Duck Islands, and Great Cranberry Island.......


.....first up was the Ship Harbor Trail a mile west of Seawall Campground on the south side of SR-102A......


You walk a little over 1/2 mile to the first views of Ship Harbor.....in these pictures you see what low tide here looks like.....there is no way a boat will get in that entrance (above) at low tide......



......as is typical of the Maine coast it is quite rocky everywhere.  We lingered at the vista points enjoying the sea breezes and the crystal clear views.......

 


.......we were back at the car and heading east to the Wonderland Trail by 1 pm......

Wonder Land Trail

......there is ample parking at each trailhead, as well as parking along SR-102A on the soft shoulder on both sides of the road.  

Just as we reached the ocean we saw a three masted sailing vessel heading along the coast near Southwest Harbor........


....we were kind of stunned to find a sandy beach at the end of the first part of the trail....I would like to come back here at high tide with our beach chairs and sit on this sandy beach for a while.........

 The first sandy beach I have seen in Maine

.....there were plenty of tide pools for TLE to explore.......and explore she did.......

 Tidal pools

.....it was a lazy kind of day so we just sat for a while on some rocks and took in the big views....




.....it was an idyllic day, and we chose the perfect hikes to enjoy the weather and the rocky Maine coastline.  We were back in the car about 2:30 pm headed for home and an afternoon spent watching three more recorded World Cup soccer matches on the outdoor TV.  The first was between Senegal and Poland, which was won, surprisingly by Senegal 2-1. There was some referee induced  controversy in this game, and we were not impressed by the referee team assigned to this match one little bit.....


.....next up was Japan vs. Columbia.  It was a good match won by Japan.  Finally we watched Russia vs. Egypt.  Russia won handily 3-1, but it was not even that close.  Russia could easily have won 6-0.  It was a great day spent doing precisely what we wished to be doing, and how can that be anything less than perfect?

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