I needed to plan an extended hike today. After five days of working, and no extended hike last week, I was long overdue. I decided to hike to the top of one of my favorite peaks in the park – Pemetic Mountain via a route that I have not taken. I started at the Jordan Pond boat launch parking area, and hiked over to the carriage road that passes by Bubble Pond. From there, I hiked up the steep North Ridge Pemetic Trail. It was a little over a mile to the summit from Bubble Pond along a ankle-turning, rocky, root-infested trail – lots of fun despite my description!
Hauling my large tripod on a 6 mile hike was out of the question, so I brought along my itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny Canon tripod. It really barely supports my heavy Nikon and I confess that I’m not happy with the pictures I took with it. But, since I diverted from my tripod rule for the last two photos, I’m sticking to my guns today and posting a tripod photo! The Bates cairns are iconic here in Acadia so it is only fitting that I highlight one of these trail markers! I was struck by the position of this cairn and the view of the islands in the background as I descended Pemetic.
At the beginning of my hike, as I was walking along the Jordan Pond and Bubble Pond Path, I caught a glimpse of the light playing off the Moosewood Maple (Acer pensylvanicum) leaves in the otherwise coniferous forest. I have fallen in love with this small tree since my arrival here. The leaves catch the light sifting through the canopy of the forest and brighten an otherwise shady spot. I don’t know why – but it always lifts my spirits to see how it reflects the sunlight.
The other highlight of my hike today was walking along Bubble Pond. The masses of Winterberry Holly ( Ilex verticillata) growing along the banks of the pond are showing their fall display of red berries now. It has always been one of my all-time favorite native plants and one I’ve used extensively in garden design. It is at its best in its native environment!