Previous: Daisy Farm to Three Mile
Trail Miles: 6.9 Total Miles: 29.2
Andrew’s alarm went off at 6 AM, and we quickly started packing up the tent and its contents. It took us 30 minutes to go from asleep to on the trail, which seemed pretty good to me considering the fact that there was a bathroom break in there! We had decided to skip breakfast and eat once we got to Rock Harbor, so there was very little cleanup needed. The sun was already up and bright when we work up, and unfortunately was pretty much right in our faces as we hit the trail. Heading east at first light is a bit difficult, but the views were amazing.
It took us an hour and a half to get to Rock Harbor from Three Mile backtracking over the Rock Harbor Trail. There was no wind, so the mosquitoes were bothersome if you weren’t moving, but it was cool and crisp.
We got to Rock Harbor before 8 and had our pick of all of the shelters. We chose the first shelter we came across which was a bit shady and set back from the trail. As soon as we got set up, Megan, Nicole and Chelsea passed by to grab a shelter of their own.
Since we hadn’t eaten breakfast, we ate one of the treats we’d saved for a morning where we had lots of time – dehydrated hash browns. Though I hadn’t blanched them ahead of time and they were discolored, they tasted awesome. I would definitely do them again! Each Andrew and I were on low battery for our Kindles, but we tried to get as much out of them as possible before they died, once and for all. I was reading Wool, a group of scifi novels, and Andrew was reading a Master and Commander novel.
After a few hours of hanging out in our shelter, we went ahead and checked out Rock Harbor. It’s interesting – Rock Harbor is actually a very large protected area, and Snug Harbor is where “civilization” is, but Snug Harbor gets called Rock Harbor all of the time. We poked around a bit by the Rock Harbor Lodge, checked out the menu for the grill, and read several of the interpretative signs in the area. There was not one but three companies of the CCC on the island, which I found pretty interesting.
We decided we wanted to check out Scoville Point via the Stoll trail, so after a lunch of remaining snacks and pita, we headed out, unencumbered by our packs. We passed by the trio’s shelter on our way out and invited them to dinner – we’d decided that fresh food and a real, honest to goodness inside four sealed walls dinner was worth whatever premium we had to pay!