Rained most of yesterday so we just walked around the neighborhood. Rain forecast again today but we have blue skies so we headed for Acadia and an area with alternative trails ( not knowing what we would encounter) . We started from the Jordan Pond parking lot and walked along the end of the pond to the Pond Trail.
The plan was to take the Pond Trail across to the carriage road and that up to Bubble Pond. There was quite a bit of ice on the trail which was not a problem for Kelley and I walked in the snow beside the trail. Then we came to a set of stone steps that take you up the ridge and Kelley was not able to get up the top part ( I barely managed it)
Kelley went down the ravine to look for a way around but the ridge was too high and steep and there were lots of downed tress in her way. She did find some water, however.
We turned back to try plan B - the Triad Pass Trail to the Hunters Brook and that across to the carriage road. The Triad pass had surprisingly deep snow but we only did the short section to the Hunters Brook. There we were immediately confronted with even worse ice.
OK - plan C-back to the loop road which we would take to Bubble Pond. The road was mostly clear with some sections of ice that were not hard to walk around. It was a relief to be able to look around rather than watching where I was stepping to avoid the ice.
South Bubble up ahead.
Some of the ice. I photographed it Kelley took a rest
Bubble Pond from the north end. A big dark cloud helped because I was shooting into the sun.
The cloud passed and just behind us the stream coming out of the pond looked almost like summer