Thursday, August 11, 2011

Great Wass Island Preserve

Continuation of Vacation Day 5 - Yep, I'm still blogging Day 5! - it was a very eventful day. After the Puffin trip we drove out to Great Wass Island Preserve.

Great Wass Island Preserve was acquired by the Nature Conservancy in 1978. It is 1,576 acres. The island projects farther out to sea than any other land mass in eastern Maine. The waters of the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy meet here.

We walked the entire loop (5.5 miles) The Little Cape Point Trail (2 miles) leads to the shore at Cape Cove and Little Cape Point. It winds through deep moss-floored spruce and fir forests interspersed with open ledges of jack pine.

Once we got to the shore, we spent a while resting (some of us got a little more comfortable than others)!

The views were spectacular!

After following the rocky shore for about a mile, we found the Mud Hole Point trail where we walked about 1.5 miles to finish our hike.

Day 6 (and last day) of our vacation was spent at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge. We spent a delightful morning with Carolyn on a personal tour of the refuge. Her knowledge of the plants, mushrooms, lichens, etc. is amazing. We had a fabulous time and ended the visit with lunch in Calais, with Wally joining us.

Atlantis Fritillary


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