The loons called once in awhile all night long, and we could hear small animals in the brush around the shelter here on Mountain Pond.
Linda said she didn't sleep very well, but I had a pretty good night. I got up and took some morning photos.
After a leisurely morning having breakfast and reading, I decided to do a quick trip around the pond. Frogs were abundant.
This little video doesn't show much, but I did it to try to catch the loon call.
There were some boards over the wetter parts, ....
but the trail was mostly rocky on the eastern end and the south side.
There is no elevation change, so other than having to be careful about turning an ankle on the rocks, it's an easy 2-mile walk.
The trail allows for views of the pond through the trees, but there are few spots where it goes right to the shoreline for photos.
I looked for signs of wildlife, but saw only squirrels which scolded me for being in their territory.
A few people were on the trail on this Saturday. Some stopped to chat with Linda while I was gone, and then more stopped after I got back. There were maybe a dozen folks spread out throughout the afternoon. We spent a good amount of time with a foursome from Massachusetts.
It was a pretty breezy day, so we didn't do any paddling. We just enjoyed our little spot and hoped maybe the wind would die down later.
In the meantime, Linda had the idea that our boat seats, turned upside down, would make great backrests for reading in our tent. She was right. We got in the tent, propped ourselves up on the overturned inflated seats and read until we fell asleep. So, we had wonderful mid-afternoon naps.
In the late afternoon, it clouded up a little. Around 6:00, Linda said, "You know we've had a nice day, but we could pack up and sleep in our own bed tonight". I responded "I was thinking the same thing".
So, we broke down camp, packed everything up, and loaded the FastTrack. The wind had died down for our trip back to the put-in.
At the put-in, there was a couple camping with their dog. The black lab mix was going nuts barking at us. They said in all their years of camping, no one has ever approached their campsite from the water, so the dog was confused and very excited. She was harmless, and they helped us get our backpacks on solid ground. Nice folks.
We donned our packs, and portaged the boat back to the parking area. We deflated it, rolled it up, and threw it in the Jeep. We'll clean it up and pack it tomorrow.
It was a great couple of days on the water. It was wonderful to be able to paddle in to a campsite, have a short portage, and have the Jeep only a mile away giving us lots of options. Mountain Pond was a great place for us to get into nature together. :)