Outdoor Productivity

Somewhat unplanned, we ended up having a very productive day today, getting our outdoor toys procured and set up. 

We bought a basketball hoop from some neighbors, and just had to walk it home.
Lucia took care of Winnie for us.
We finished up work on the playset, which we dismantled and moved last weekend.
Mari and Elliot found a trampoline on Craiglist, so we got that that today.
Jumping on the new trampoline.
Playsetting

Niagara Gorge

We learned this week that Niagara Falls has moved 7 miles in the past 12,000 years. This evening we got out for a hike in the gorge carved by the Niagara River. It features some neat rock formations, a wild river, and a whirlpool where the river makes a 90 degree turn.

Niagara Falls: Maid of the Mist

This afternoon I took off from work just a little early and we embarked on the Maid of the Mist boat ride into Niagara Falls. The boat goes past American Falls and then spends about 5 minutes in Horseshoe falls before returning to the dock. It was really neat to be so close to the falls. I think everyone but Lucia and Rose would put it in the top 10 experiences of our trip.

Jordan Pond Hike

Today after work we went back in to the park, for one last hike. We hike the Jordan Pond loop, which is a 3.5 mile hike around Jordan Pond. It was a beautiful day and a neat hike with some interesting elements.

 

 

Acadia National Park Carriage Roads

Acadia National Park has a cool carriage road system that runs throughout the park. They are used by horse-drawn carriages, horses, bikes, and pedestrians. Today we went for a short walk on one of the trails to a couple of beautiful bridges. The carriage roads were really nice and it was a beautiful walk.

Ethan Allen Homestead & Tower

This afternoon we got out to explore the Ethan Allen Homestead, which is just a mile from our campground. There is a possibility that I am related to Ethan Allen on my dad’s side. He would be my great^6 uncle, or something of the sort. 

After walking around his homestead we went to a regional park that houses the Ethan Allen Tower. The park used to be his farmland and the tower is on top of one of the highest points in the city. The tower was closed still, for the season, but it was pretty and the view even from the base was good.

Finally, while out running errands at night, we had one of the most beautiful sunsets we have seen, over the lake.