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Sunny Day Trip to Hart-Miller Island

There is a backlog of Recap posts currently burning a hole in my “Drafts” bin. It’s cool though, because that just means I get to relive the Summer months again. And speaking of Summer, this post is a recap of a day trip to Hart-Miller Island in Essex, Maryland.

Initially, Jason and I planned to camp at the island overnight (they have free beach camping!!) We had everything packed up but on the morning of we overslept a bit. THEN we started to get nervous about Ellie’s first canoe ride. Eventually, we decided instead to make it a day trip to Hart-Miller Island.

We took our time and loaded up the canoe. It’s about a 6 mile trip to the island from my parents house so starting early in the morning really helped us out on the water. We didn’t come across any major waves and Ellie didn’t jump out ONCE.

It felt so good to finally make it to the beach.

day trip to Hart-Miller Island

The island was pretty calm that early in the morning so once we pulled up our canoe, Ellie was able to run and play along the shore.

day trip to Hart-Miller Island

day trip to Hart-Miller Island

day trip to Hart-Miller Island

day trip to Hart-Miller Island

Ellie’s summer motto is “RUN, SWIM, SAND, REPEAT.”

day trip to Hart-Miller Island

There was a nice little cove off to the one side of the shore that we really liked exploring. The rocks helped to separate it from the rest of the crowds.

day trip to Hart-Miller Island

day trip to Hart-Miller Island

day trip to Hart-Miller Island

day trip to Hart-Miller Island

day trip to Hart-Miller Island

day trip to Hart-Miller Island

Around midday, more boats and people start to populate the island.

day trip to Hart-Miller Island

As more people arrived, we headed to the mainland. Hart-Miller Island has free bike rentals so you can grab a beach cruiser and explore. It was a easy ride that provided us with some great views of the water.

day trip to Hart-Miller Island

day trip to Hart-Miller Island

day trip to Hart-Miller Island

day trip to Hart-Miller Island

After the hot & sweaty bike ride, we spent some more time swimming at the beach. Before it could get too dark, we decided to pack it in and head back.

day trip to Hart-Miller Island

day trip to Hart-Miller Island

If you plan to camp or take a day trip to Hart-Miller Island, try launching off from the nearby Rocky Point Beach. And of course, stay safe, hydrated and always wear your life vest!


Have you ever been to Hart-Miller Island?
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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders
    October 19, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    I’ve also got a huge backlog of recaps to get through too, but you’re right it really does help to relive the summer months! It looks like y’all had the best time on your trip, but your pup looks like she was having the best time and it looks so happy! I love taking my pup on trips too!

    • Reply
      Lindsay
      October 20, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      Yeah, if she is having fun, chances are so are we. It’s been a blast trying new things with her this past summer.

  • Reply
    Van @ Snow in Tromso
    October 19, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Nothing better than a stroll at the beach – especially if you’ve got such a cute companion 😉

    • Reply
      Lindsay
      October 20, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      It really was such a nice day!

  • Reply
    Ruth
    October 20, 2016 at 12:46 am

    This is really cool! It is the first time I hear about this island (and I love learning about new ones). Seems like you had the place to yourselves. And, I am also guilty of having a backlog of recaps (mine go as far as last summer). Well, at least I have some good content ;0)

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      Lindsay
      October 20, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Hahah that’s what I tell myself too – like at least I have something to post about!

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    mark wyld
    October 23, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    looks like a great place to spend some fun time in the sun, biking, canoeing, swimming happy dayz
    #myfavouritetrip

    • Reply
      Lindsay
      October 25, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      You pretty much summed it up in that comment!

  • Reply
    carrie
    October 24, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    your dog!! just too cute!! i love when you can tell how happy dogs are. 🙂

    • Reply
      Lindsay
      October 25, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      thank you! I love that too – nothing better than a happy happy dog

  • Reply
    Abigail
    October 24, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Love exploring secret beaches and coves that are not packed with tourists. By the way, great photos!!

    Abby of GlobalGirlTravels.com

    • Reply
      Lindsay
      October 25, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      Same here. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply
    Our Seaside Baby
    October 26, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    What a beautiful island, gorgeous beaches. Love the shots of Ellie in the water, looks like she’s having such a great time. Thanks for joining in with #MyFavouriteTrip Polly

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