Monday, August 26, 2013

Postcards from Maine: Long Pond

We dragged ourselves away from the inn's hot tub pool a couple of times to visit Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. We've been there, done that, so many times. We've concluded that hiking is overrated compared to reading in a lounge chair on a warm summer day. But we took an obligatory walk along Long Pond, which is on the "quiet side" of Mount Desert Island. The Bar Harbor side of Acadia is so crowded in August that the parking lots for the nicest and most popular trails are often full.

Long Pond is much less busy, but not so different from our traditional walk around Jordan Pond.  (Except that there were no popovers and tea afterward.) We didn't walk all the way around it but just went far enough to enjoy some views, find some mushrooms, and start missing our lounge chairs.

Long Pond is indeed long.

A clear little stream feeds into the pond.

Are these Fly Agaric mushrooms, or amanita muscaria v. guessowii?  I always enjoy finding toxic mushrooms on our walks.


Another, more mature, toxic mushroom, growing on a tree.

Deadly Nightshade, the perfect accompaniment to poisonous mushrooms.

The rocky, shady path along the pond.

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