Results. Not bad for an old guy.
Post race chromium replacing. Black IPA with Oysters (8.0%).
The next morning I headed out from our friends' house for an hour run. I ran two miles of roads to a local trail I had run last winter - the Stroudwater Trail. This is super fun single track that follows along a river - through woods and powerline fields. I turned around after 30 minutes and headed back. This ended up being a rather peppy run - maybe because I felt rushed for time? The road miles were all in the 6's. Later that morning we all headed "downeast" to our lake house vacation rental on Toddy Pond. We detoured to Five Islands for lunch. It did not disappoint!
Lunch at Five Islands Lobster Co.
The house was incredible and exceeded expectations. The swimming from the long dock was fabulous and we had access to kayaks and a canoe. It had a huge kitchen and dining area to accommodate the 13 of us (8 adults, 5 kids). There was a ping pong table in a separate garage, and mtn bikes we could use on the local dirt roads. I ran three times from the house. There was an awesome dirt road section in a blueberry barren that had great views. I made it a point to run there each time. I enjoyed cruising around the dirt roads, but since I was spending so much time outside being active, I didn't have the need to run like I normally do.
My favorite running spot
Despite not really needing to ever leave the lake, I still managed 5 hikes - 3 with everybody, 1 with my wife and son on his birthday, and 1 with just my son. It was awesome. The first full day we hiked the nearby Blue Hill, and were surprised by a newer network of trails available (not in my guide books). We made a fun loop.
Climbing Blue Hill
The next day we drove to Acadia National Park and hiked Beech Mountain. Since the other boys were out golfing for the day, I got to hike with my 30lb nephew in a backpack. This was incredibly hard! The way up was steep and the way down was long. Great loop hike though, and a fantastic dinner in Bar Harbor followed.
On Tuesday, it was my son's 9th birthday. He found a hike in a book that he wanted to do on this day. It was a "peakbagger's delight" - 4 summits in Acadia National Park, relatively close together. I think we (me, my son, and my wife) were all nervous at the start. The first climb (up Bald Peak) was longer and steeper than we thought, but awesome. From the summit we could see the three other summits we were hiking to: Parkman Mtn, Gilmore Peak, and then Sargent Mountain. My son wasn't sure about his ability to finish while we were on Gilmore and Sargent, but persevered. The way down Maple Spring Trail was really nice, especially cooling off in the stream as we went along. All in all, we were out on the trails for almost 5 hours! What a great day.
The next day was my daughter's 7th birthday and she made it clear she did not want to hike, just spend the day at the lake. That's what we did and it was fun and exhausting. I did a ton of kayaking. I also got in one adventure run on my way to the grocery store. A few miles away off of Rte 3, there is a new trail system called the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands. I did an hour run and it was fantastic. I had trouble relaxing during it, since the place felt so wild and beary. I only ran a small portion of the trails, a mix of single track, old logging roads, and wide gravel/dirt roads. This was the hottest day of the week and I was a sweaty mess most of the time, especially on a very long and steep hill climb. I didn't see any bears - just lots of evidence. I wish I wasn't alone and had more time.
Thursday we were able to do one last hike as a big group in Acadia. We parked at the Jordan Pond House and hiked to the Triad and back. It wasn't a super exciting hike, but it was good for the kids, and another obscure peak to bag. The reward was a delicious late lunch (lobster stew and popovers) at the Pond House. Lobsters at the house later at night too.
Friday was our last full day on Toddy Pond. My son wanted to hike in Acadia again, but no one else really cared to except me. So the two of us headed out early for a hike he picked out on Dorr Mountain. It was a very impressively engineered switchback trail up the steep east face. My son did awesome, and we made quick work of the ascent. After a windy early lunch at the summit, we descended via the north face which was an easy, quiet, and scenic trail. Another great pick!
Dorr Mtn east face - looking out to Champlain Mtn
The summit - our 7th in Acadia this trip!
The last day began with running, swimming, and packing. We stopped again in Portland for a break, before returning to RI. What a great trip! I already can't wait until next year.
August Part 3: a week of workouts and stats coming soon.