More Hiking in Acadia NP

Today we went to Jeannie’s Great Maine Breakfast in Bar Harbor…Blueberry Pancakes for Neil and Buttermilk Pancakes for Connie. Pretty good and filling so we never really got around to lunch.

Following that we did the Park Loop Road. Along the way we visited Thunder Hole which is a small cove that the waves crash into and make a noise like thunder. It’s one of those famous things in Acadia but frankly we couldn’t really see the point. The coast line near Thunder Hole was actually a much better view.

ThunderHole

CoastAtThunderHole

Continuing around the park road we stopped by Beaver Pond and saw this lodge across it. No dam was visible but we were pretty sure it was beyond the lodge in the picture.

BeaverLodge

Continuing our trek around the loop road we visited and crossed the Otter Cove Causeway; this is one of 17 stone arch bridges in the park and is the only one that’s across open water than spanning a road or creek.

OtterCoveCauseway

We also saw this lobsterman retrieving traps just south of Thunder Hole and about 25 yards from the cliff. He got 3 lobsters from this trap and tossed a couple of crab back over the side.

LobsterMan

Finally we got to the Bubble Peak parking lot for our hike. Bubble Peak consists of a pair of ridges overlooking a valley. Our hike took us up to South Bubble where the view was really nice.

SouthBubble

After that we descended about 500 feet or so in maybe a third of a mile to get down to the bank of Jordan Pond. Quite a gnarly hike…we actually had to hop from boulder to boulder all the way down. Here’s the view looking back up from about ¾ of the way down the bluff.

RockPileToJordanPond

We were actually looking back up at about a 45 degree angle and the blue trail blaze in the center of the trail is about 4 inches high and 2 inches wide so you can get a sense of the size of the rocks. We knew it was going to be steep but it turned out to be even more of a mountain goat trail than yesterday’s hike out to Great Head.

Finally we got to Jordan Pond which is the municipal water supply for Bar Harbor. It’s called a pond but is really a lake probably a mile and a half long. Bordering it is Eagle Lake which is maybe 1/5 as large as Jordan Pond…go figure on the naming system.

JordanPond

By this time it had clouded over and the breeze picked up so we made tracks back around the pond, back up another 300 feet or so to the parking lot and headed home. We felt like fresh fish for dinner but couldn’t find any so settled for some fresh crab. Neil made a crab au gratin casserole with garlic, cream, cheese, and wine along with a bit of potato and bacon and they ate it with garlic bread and wine coolers. Yum (I know that sounds redundant but although Neil’s cooking is almost always good they both thought this one was outstanding).

Tomorrow it’s supposed to rain all day so we’re probably going to just stay home and do laundry; Neil will go to the WalMart and buy groceries and Connie will work as she’s got some student related paperwork building up.

Cyas.

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About Gunther

The full time RV travels and experiences of Gunther the Bear and Kara the Dog…along with their human staff neil and Connie.
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