Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.

Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park

November 5th, 2013

This morning I uploaded photos from my recent trip to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.  For those that haven’t visited before, Acadia National Park is located on the rugged coastline of Maine and is the only national park in the New England area. It’s unique because the 47,000 acre park encompasses ocean, forest, lakes as well as the tallest mountain on the east coast of the US. There are also many small towns within the confines of the park to explore. (www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm)

I fell for the seaside mystique of Bar Harbor right away. There’s something for everyone, but it’s not over-run with cheesy tourism either. In Bar Harbor (I didn’t get to) you can check the tide schedules and walk across to Bar Island, – just make sure you don’t get stranded once the tide comes in! Instead I had the obligatory lobster roll, walked the beach, walked the Shore Path and enjoyed discovering Bar Harbor until I caught the Island Explorer bus that would take me to Acadia National Park. (The Island Explorer is a FREE shuttle service. The eight routes link visitors from hotels and campgrounds to  hiking trails,        carriage  roads, island beaches, and in-town shops and restaurants. If you visit Acadia this is a must, if I had driven I would have missed some of what I saw by riding this shuttle.)

I rode past Sand Beach to see the drama of Thunder Hole. I then made a connection on the Southwest Harbor bus to take the Ship Harbor and Bass Harbor Lighthouse hike. It was a VERY long, hot hike. The bus rode past a lot of small towns that would be interesting to explore if I’d had the time.

Sunday morning I drove into town early to get my ticket for the whale watching cruise, but it was canceled due to weather. So I hopped on the Island Explorer Park Loop. I stopped at Wildwood stables just long enough to get a couple pictures of the beautiful horses getting ready for carriage rides. If It didn’t start raining I would have hiked some of the carriage trails. Instead, I went to Jordan Pond Path to hike and hoped for better weather.

The Jordan Pond House (www.thejordanpondhouse.com) is a lakeside dining tradition dating back to the 1800’s and is famous for the popovers. I didn’t have a reservation, therefore I didn’t get a popover. They smelled good! The Jordan Pond Path was 3.3 miles around the circumference of Jordan Pond. It offered amazing views, but also the challenge of climbing over boulders and balancing on narrow log plank boardwalk. I highly recommend good footwear.

The weather started to turn so I only made one more stop and that was to take the hike to Bubble Rock. It was a little more steep and I wouldn’t recommend you do it when it’s raining. But the view was breathtaking. To see the rock perched perfectly after being deposited by a glacier and it’s just sitting there. I’m glad I got the picture.   But, the temperature was dropping quickly along with the rain so I made the decision to come home. After stopping for a bite at Mainely Meat, of course. If you go to Bar Harbor stop for the BBQ … YUM!

Hope you enjoyed this addition of my journey.

 

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.