Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Acadia and Bar Harbor

It was daylight by 5 am this morning.  We were up soon afterwards and it was just as well.  We needed to get moving as our plan for the day was a drive to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.

We packed the ice chest, snacks, maps, cameras, sunscreen, etc. and headed out by 8:00.  We enjoyed the drive of about 50 miles and soon found ourselves at the

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Hulls Cove Visitor Center.  While I was getting the stamp for my passport book, I saw this

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booklet and thought it would be helpful as we made our way through the park.

The loop that we drove today was started in 1922 and was not complete until sometime in the 1950's.  This loop is not intended as a throughway, but as a meandering scenic experience...so if you are ready, let's go.

At the

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Frenchman Bay Overlook, you get a glimpse of the ferries docked at Bar Harbor.  These ferries used to make the trip back and forth to Nova Scotia.  However, as of last August, Nova Scotia no longer wanted to finance the ferries...so no more trips out of Bar Harbor or Portland.

As far as Frenchman Bay goes, sailing vessels have come and gone from here for centuries.  The first recorded visit was in 1604.

If you watch the tide and the time, you can actually

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walk out on the bar.  The bar is passable only for about 3 or 4 hours.

Continuing on, we stopped at an overlook where in

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1947, a fire swept through the area.  The fire was officially declared out after 26 days.  It burned one third of the forest destroyed over $11,000,000.00 worth of property in Bar Harbor.

Today, fire regulations are strictly enforced.

As we rounded the next corner, there were lots of folks out beside the road, along with a couple of rangers.  They were all looking up at the

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top of this mountain.  As we joined them, we found out that they were waiting on a young Peregrine falcon.  Peregrines have nested here since 1991 and draws people back year after year to watch their activity on the nesting cliff.  We did finally get to see him flying, but too far away for my camera.

The next stop was my favorite, Sand Beach.  Because where there is water, and where there is sand...

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there my feet will be!  And, always a

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message in the sand.

This was a great area, and lots of

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folks enjoying the beach.

I would have loved to have been here at high tide

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to catch a little more action.

But, time to leave

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Sand Beach and head for

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Thunder Hole.  Here the ocean is burrowing its way into Mount Desert Island.  When the tide is right and waves are high enough you can

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see the water rush in, slam against the back of the void and

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produce a thunderous sound as it pours back out to the ocean.

There were lots of

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rocks here to walk around on, or just take a quick rest before heading on to

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this little waterfall that comes from under the bridge and flows out to ocean.

Next stop...

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the top of the mountain.  At 1,530 feet, we were at the highest point of land along the Atlantic coast.  During certain times of the year, if you are standing here in the early morning hours, you would be the first to see the sunrise in the United States.

But, even if you don't get there early enough to see the sunrise, you can come a little later and see

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Seal Harbor and Cranberry Islands.  Or if you look the other direction and see

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Bar Harbor.

There is an easy foot trail around the summit, less than a mile that allowed us to see some of the same things that we had seen at sea level.

By this time, we were ready to head to Bar Harbor.  After finding a place to park, not an easy task, we headed for Maine 189

Stewman's for a a late lunch/early dinner.  We were seated on the patio with

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this view.

Our food soon

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arrived.  A lobster roll, sweet potato fries, and cole slaw.  Yummy!

As we were enjoying lunch, a brief conversation with our waiter revealed that

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this chair was the very one that President Obama had sit in just two days ago while he and his family were vacationing in the area.

After finishing our great lunch, we spent the rest of the afternoon walking the

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streets of Bar Harbor and enjoying the sights and sounds of the

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We returned to our little town of Hermon as the sun was going down.  I am glad the sun came up at 5 am this morning and that we got an early start.  Otherwise, just think what I might have missed!


  1. What an incredible place!! The ocean is just awesome in this area. I love the beach too....born in Daytona Beach, Fla.

    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  2. Lobster and sweet potato fries! Oh my!!!

  3. Great photo of you two on the rocks. Set in who's chair????? Thanks for taking us to an area of the country we've never been to.

  4. We just love that area! This post brought back some good memories for me. Thanks!!ni

  5. Does that mean Mark is going to run for President?

    Stay Safe

  6. Welcome to my neck of the woods. Sadly, I'm still in Baton Rouge, suffering the heat and humidity that is a Louisiana summertime, otherwise I'd have you out for a swim and a cookout at camp. Maybe next time.

    I was especially interested in your reaction to the Pumpkin Patch. A friend of mine, Walter Munn, Sr. was the founder and "we" designed it (I was the code enforcement officer during the site plan review stage) to offer easy access to Bar Harbor and Downeast Maine as well as to the North Woods. If you find the time, take a run up to Greenville and Moosehead Lake. There are some wonderful views to be had of the lake to the north of town, as well as one of the State of Maine's best state parks and campgrounds if you want to take the rig up with you.

    Do enjoy the blueberry pie at the restaurant out front of the campground. ;)

  7. Your pictures really captured the essence of Bar Harbor and Acadia Nat'l Park. Spent many a summer vacation there as a youth and it has not changed much. Cadillac Mountain was loaded with blueberries the last time I was there. Tried to pick enough for pancakes but they were gone by the time we got home. Thanks for reproducing all those memories