At the end of that week, it was time to go to Blackwoods Campgound in Acadia National Park for the Second Annual Big Pine Key Reunion. Last year we had six folks who came. This year we broke our record with fourteen participants. Kayaking, biking, hiking, eating, and sharing around the campfire were the main activities. Some of the folks participated in programs sponsored by the National Park and Stan motivated many of us to watch the sunrise (at least once) from the top of Cadillac Mountain.
The first night, Don and Pam hosted us at their campsite for roast port and sauerkraut. We all brought something to add and we had an amazing feast...complete with SomeMores for dessert.
We also enjoyed a group meal of crabmeat rolls one night, and a final dinner of Turkey/Eggplant Parmesan made by Rachel and Joel. We topped that meal off with homemade Blueberry Pie.
Don and Pam
One day we ventured to Eagle Lake. Part of the group biked while others of us hiked around the perimeter of the lake.
Rachel and Joel
Stan and Alida
One end of Eagle Lake
Another day, part of the group biked into Bar Harbor, while some of us walked the Ocean Path, and hiked Gorham Mountain.
Michel, Michele, me, Latona and Stan
An early morning saw some of us join in the ranger-lead bird walk, Acadia's Birds.
The morning I saw the sunrise, it looked like this. (Stan and Alida saw it every morning and I finally was inspired to join them.)
The final day, we joined Michele and Michel for a long hike along the shore of Jordan Pond, up to the summits of Sargent and Penobscot, and down along the Jordan Cliffs. A long day but a final great accomplishment for a wonderful week with our friends.
We had a great time renewing long term friendships and building new ones. Don and Pam brought friends, Ed and Janet, and Rachel and Joel had relatives Steve and Lynne join into the fun. Our time together made us even more excited to be heading south soon. It made us excited to think about going "out to play" again at Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge.