Thursday, May 26, 2011

Our first day of work

Quiz Question: Can you guess what happens at 3:45 a.m. in Presque Isle, Maine?
Answer below.

Our job duties here are to clean the bath house (there are 5 of them but we only have 2 open because there are only 2 campers in the park right now. That takes 10 minutes at the most. We also sweep the kitchen shelter. That takes about 10 minutes. And we clean up the camp sites when people leave. So far only 1 person has left and they didn’t leave any trash. There are 28 camp sites in the park. The park manager has asked us to wait until about 10:30 or 11:00am to clean the bath houses. That really works out perfect for us because we like to get up early and go hiking or birding and are usually back at the RV by noon.

Since we had plenty of time this morning we decided to conquer the South Peak to North Peak Trail. We have been told that it is very steep and rugged. That certainly wasn’t an exaggeration! We started up the South Peak Trail. It is about 3/4 of a mile and 600 feet straight up. Most of it is on loose rock. At the ridge it’s about 1 mile to the North Peak then about 1 1/4 miles from the North Peak back down to the park. The views are fantastic!

View from the North Peak

Echo Lake from North Peak

Quiz question: Can you guess what happens at 3:45 a.m. in Presque Isle, Maine?

Answer: Daylight

Although Sunrise is officially 4:40 a.m., it is very light at 3:45 a.m.!


  1. Great view! Don't think I could make that hike.

    Why is it light so much earlier up there? I'm sure I could look it up but bet you and Mark know the answer!

  2. Hi Julee-

    During the summer, the further north you get the longer the days, so the earlier the sun rises. And we are very far north. And in all seasons, the farther east you go within a time zone, the earlier the sun rises. And we are extremely far east in the Eastern Time Zone. We should be in the Atlantic Time Zone with New Brunswick, but we're not. Finally, the area to our east is very flat, so there is no terrain to block any of the sunrise. This all adds up to make for an early first light. The down side is that in the winter, the staff here says that it gets dark at around 2:00 in the afternoon, partially because of some mountains to the west blocking the sun as it goes west. Yikes!


  3. Dark by 2:00 p.m.? Yuk. And frankly, not being an early riser, I'm not at all sure I'd like dawn to come at 3:45 a.m. Not too restful for us night owls!