It was a beautiful Independence Day and so Brian and I set out to explore. We kayaked from anchored Rode Trip up Somes Sound into Valley Cove. Somes Sound is a fjord; a narrow inlet of sea between steep cliffs or slopes. Somes Sound, as we learned from our trusty Maine Cruising Guide, was formed by glaciers and is the only fjord on the Atlantic seaboard. The cliffs plunged into the water and there was no bottom to be seen!
Valley Cove was a potential anchorage on our list, but we didn't want to be quite that isolated. As we rounded the cove we found that another cruiser was enjoying this secluded spot.
We beached the kayaks and started out on Valley Cove Trail. This was a rocky trail that rounded the cove. We spotted our first land dwelling wildlife among the rocks...spiders!
We kept a lookout for blueberries too but they weren't quite ready to eat.
We climbed Valley Cove Trail toward the summit of St. Sauveur Mountain, and took in several views of the cove along the way. Below you see the view of Somes Sound extending toward the north beyond Valley Cove.
And here, Somes Sound extending south from the direction we kayaked.
We spotted some other wildlife too, the crafty red squirrel who froze to "hide" from our gawking. Guess we've been out to sea long enough when a squirrel becomes this interesting.
At last, the summit!
Then, we looped down to the Valley Peak summit.
As you can see, fog was rolling into Somes Sound. Along with the fog came a light rain shower.
Back at the base of Valley Cove it was low tide at our departure. I nearly stepped on a sea star that was as big as Brian's hand! When I paused to look around a bit more closely, I found sea stars all around of various sizes and colors. They were pink, purple, grey, and orange. They were devouring mussels which also appeared to be plentiful. We looked for a bit and then launched the kayaks on account of the rain. Paddling back through Somes Sound we hugged the rock walls and found many more sea stars, sponges, and kelp thriving just where the water had lowered at low tide. The landscape on the way back to Rode Trip was much different in low tide and fog. It was easy to see how Maine can be difficult to navigate! We found our way back to Rode Trip and got ourselves inside to dry and prepare dinner.
Brian created a mushroom gallery along our hike. Below you can see all the different fungi we spotted. Still working to identify these although none seemed to be familiar as being edible from our previous days mushroom hunting.
We didn't make the fireworks display at Bar Harbor because there was so much fog after dinner we weren't sure which direction to paddle to land!
We heard fireworks being fired-off from all directions of the harbor and saw some glimmers of red and green colored fog. Loud cheers from land indicated the fireworks were lovely. We didn't let the fog spoil our 4th of July, we made our own light show with the camera and the most visible dock light.
It was touching to us that the 4th of July was our first holiday on Rode Trip as it was also our first holiday upon entering "couple-hood" when we celebrated nearly six years ago in Honesdale, PA. Happy Independence Day!