Maine Vacation

Emily and I spent last week on Mt Desert Island in Maine.  We didnt do any big hikes but did a lot of little hikes to feature in Acadia, and beyond.  One place that we couldnt wait to visit on the way is Fort Knox.  It is a defunct civil war era military fort. Last time we stopped at this place we didnt have flashlights with us so we were unable to explore some of the deeper parts of the fort.  This time we brought head lamps and explored the creepy dark parts of the fort.  Pictures of the creepy areas dont really convey how dark and lonely some of the passages inside the fort are. Inside the walls Inside a wall Emily with a Cannon On a wall The Next day we went to Acadia.  The First Place I went was Otter Cliffs.   Tim had told me thats where to go for Rock Climbing.  I had my gear but nobody to belay me so I didnt get to climb, but just do a little nearby bouldering.  Otter Cliffs was a cool place to check out to climb here you need to Rapel or be belayed down from the top.  Belaying from the top is best so you dont get salt water on your rope. On a Cliff Some Girls climbing belaying from the top:
Emily Peeking over the edge My Trick Bouldering Otter Cliffs were my favorite area of the park but we checked out other areas too Cadillac Mountain -Emilys Trick Thunder Hole Sandy Beach In front of our cabin and near by pics:

We had a great time on our trip.  Our cabin we stayed at was right on the water and the weather was perfect.  Going to Bar Harbor this time of year was pretty cheap too.   This was the first vacation I’ve taken in a long time that we stayed in our time zone, so it was nice to not have jet lag for once.

It Rhymes With “Some Smelly Cave”

Preface: I understand the concept of “Blog Free Zone” and I think the place I visited today falls into that category.  Its been a well kept secret and I don’t want to be the one who spills the beans of its location on the interwebs so I am going to write this TR in an ambiguous way so that this info can not be easily searched for using search engines.  I have GPS tracks and exact coordinates of this location however they will not be posted publicly, only shared privately.

I heard about this place 7 years ago and made a quick trip up in 2005 based on a very vague description of its location and I was unable to find it. In 2007 Jeremy and I went for the Mother of all bushwhacks and were unable to find it, however on that trip we were able to find (by stumbling upon) the even more secret german spy cave. Some people confuse the Spy Cave and this manmade cave, but they are two seperate places. In 2008 I went back again with 3 other guys  from another backcountry forum and we totally combed an area where I thought it might be but were unsuccessful again.  After talking with someone last spring I realized I was in the wrong area by about a 1/4 mile before.   Since then I have been looking for an opportunity to go back and search. Today was my target date to start hiking again for the first time since I injured my Achilles Tendon in early august.  So instead of going up north to do some work on my Grid I went for a bushwhack and after about an hour of searching Voila! I came out of the brush into a clearing and saw this:

And when I saw this I knew my search was over.

I made a video of my first entrance:

Log Book

Door open:

I hung out for a bit before finding my way back up to the ridge, and heading toward the summit.  The summit was still crowded when I got there for the 67th time. My leg felt great for the whole hike, now lets see how it feels tommorow.

Stonehouse Pond and Crag

Emily and I went for a little a hike around the pond and up the cliff today at Stonehouse Pond.  I read about this place on Mountain Project-Stonehouse Pond.  Its in Barrington NH not too much further away than Pawtuckaway and it has several nice bolted routes on it, and I’ve heard some really nice ice in the winter.
This is a pic of the Ice I found on Mountain Project The pond is a fly fishing only trout pond managed by the state with only rooftop boat access  so its still an unspoiled place. The foliage was about half way to peak and the views were real nice of the pond and the crag, and from the top of the crag.

I really like how this one came out: Emily and Me My Favorite Trick Some Rock Climbing Routes

And of course I had to take a picture of this:  ;D
Our Tracks. The hike around the pond was about a mile. PS- This is a pic Emily took with her ipod of me on the edge of a cliff trying to get a shot.  My shot didnt come out good but I like her shot of my precarious perch.