Acadia National Park Area

Wednesday the 19th was a rainy day so Connie worked all day and Neil did laundry and went to WalMart for groceries. They did go out to eat dinner…a place named Cleonice which turned out to be not all that great. It was a Mediterranean bistro…Neil was bummed because he was ready for lobstah and there was none on the menu. The Chicken Marsala was ok but it wasn’t what he was really looking for.

Thursday we went on a ride on the carriage roads that were built by Rockerfeller in Acadia National Park. We drove into the Jordan Pond House area and parked and did a 10 miler that went around Bubble Pond and Jordan Pond. Here’s a picture of Connie struggling up one of the hills although she actually was able to ride most of them.

ConnieCarriageRoad

The roads are crushed gravel and pretty firm so riding was easy even on Neil’s road bike tires.  We stopped for lunch on the shore of Bubble Pond

LunchBubblePond

and were amazed by how clear the water was

ClearWaterBubblePond

Here’s a shot of one of the carriage road stone bridges and a view of Jordan Pond from up on the ridge.

CarriageRoadBridge

JordanPondCarriageRoad

Finally arriving back at Jordan Pond House we rewarded ourselves with fresh, hot popovers…fresh strawberry jam…and a pot of tea. Quite yummy after our ride and picnic lunch.

Friday Connie got her nails done while Neil did some computer updating then we went on a 4 mile hike on the carriage roads around Witch Hole Pond. This was originally supposed to be a bike ride but Connie got her toenails done as well and decided not to tear them up on the bike so we hiked instead. We had a nice walk around the pond

WitchHolePond

and saw the largest wasp nest we have ever seen

WaspNest

then headed home for dinner.

Saturday was a driving tour day since we decided there would be way too many people on the hiking trails given it being the weekend. It pretty much rained off and on all day but we went anyway and toured the western side of Mount Desert Island seeing a flock of ducks

DucksAcadia

and some neat red berries

RedBerries

as well as foggy scenes along the rocky coast.

FoggyCoastline

Headed home shortly after this last shot was taken as it was getting dark…had dinner and watched TV for the evening.

Sunday was another driving day but fortunately by the time we went to Mass and had breakfast the overnight rain had departed and it turned out to be a beautiful day. Today’s tour was over to the Schoodic Peninsula which is where Winter Harbor is located. As we headed out we stopped by a today falls nearby; this is a rapid/waterfall that runs both ways depending on whether the tide is coming in or going out. On our first stop the tide was still going out and is running  left to right in this picture.

TidalFallsOut

We stopped and got a picnic lunch  which we ate at Fishers Point overlook in the eastern district of the park then continued around the coast road through the park. We spotted this Great Blue Heron right off of the road.

GreatBlueHeron

Stopping by Schoodic Head we spent about an hour just sitting on the rocks taking pictures of the surf crashing into the rocks. Neil took probably 200 pictures to get the couple decent ones shown here.

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Surf2

On the way back home we stopped by the tidal falls again as the tide was now almost full and still coming in. In this picture taken from almost the same vantage point as the one above the but in this one the current was running right to left at probably 8 or 10 knots. It was really ripping through there.

TidalFallsIn

Getting home; Neil went on a bike ride then we had some leftover steak and mashed potatoes for dinner then sat down to watch the football game for the evening. 

Tomorrow is another hike day then on Tuesday we’re getting up early to see the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain followed by wandering around Bar Harbor on our last day with a nice dinner downtown someplace.

Cyas.

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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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3 Responses to Acadia National Park Area

  1. Mj Trainor says:

    Love Love the pix! BabySis

  2. Jeannie says:

    If you get a chance, check out our blog. We were at Acadia for seven weeks. It’s got to be my favorite national park… http://whereseldo.blogspot.com

    • Gunther says:

      Yeah; it’s been pretty nice. My person (neil@laubenthal.net) has had a couple of email discussions with you and we’ve followed your blog for a year or so. We are leaving Wednesday but really think we should have stayed another couple of weeks. We’ll be back though.
      I think our favorites are still the ones out west…probably Grand Tetons, Badlands and Yosemite are the ones we like best so far. Haven’t seen Grand Tetons or Yosemite since the ’80s though; we’re planning on heading out that way next spring to revisit a lot of places the adults have already been.

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