We started the day incredibly early, hoping to get a Cadillac mountain sunrise viewing in now that the Labor Day weekend crowd had cleared out. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate, and we ended up seeing mostly fog.

I wanted to check off another iron rung route, so headed to the beehive next. It was a bit more crowded than the precipice trail, but still sparse being so early.

A much shorter hike, both getting to the start as well as the vertical climb, the view at the top was just as rewarding. Offering a much closer view of sandy beach and the shore, I relaxed and snacked briefly before descending the rear side, again a much easier route.

I took a circuitous route back home, investigating lake conditions and filling up on gas, as well as getting some more sights in along the way. With calmer winds, Abby, Rachel and I decided to head back to Eagle lake and attempt kayaking again.

We successfully got the kayaks unloaded and into the water, and parking was much easier to come by. Abby and rachel took a double along with Margaux, while I reconfigured to use the other kayak as a solo.

The wind still made the lake a bit choppy, but we had a wonderful time. Slowly poking along the coast, we eventually came to a handful of loons. We sat and watched them a while before slowly wandering back to the launch, surrounded by peaks on all sides.

We got back to the house early to prepare for our sunset cruise. Heading to the dock in town, we boarded the Margaret Todd, a 150’ sailing schooner, for our evening entertainment.

We weaves around some of the porcupine islands in the harbor. As the sun set, the scenery became more majestic. Eventually we even spotted some dolphins as they hunted other sea life. The sun behind the trees, we headed back to shore.

Miraculously, one of the restaurants we wanted to try was able to seat us almost immediately, and we settled into another meal peppered with a variety of seafood, beer and good conversation.