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Part 3 - Bar Harbor Area


The second destination on our Maine itinerary was the Bar Harbor Area.


Acadia National Park

On Maine’s Atlantic shoreline, with approximately 47,000 acres of open space made up of woodlands, granite peaks, rocky beaches and a sandy beach, Acadia National Park is one of America’s treasures.


Sand Beach

Acadia boasts one of Maine’s few sandy beaches. Sand beach is beautiful with clear waters, a surf, and crisp cold water which my feet enjoyed. Too cold for total immersion.



Rocky Shoreline


Cadillac Mountain

While I am not a fan of the selfie, this one shows us at the beginning of the trail. We opted for the Eagle’s Crag as it offered several spectacular lookouts on the way to the summit. The beginning of the trail didn’t seem too arduous, it even had stairs.


Stephan and I getting ready to start our hike - at the first trailhead
Stephan and I getting ready to start our hike - at the first trailhead

While it might not look steep in the photo, trust me it was. Unless you want to spend the next 3 days soaking your feet or risk breaking something this is not a path to hike in sandals or flip-flops.

After 30 minutes we came to our second trailhead which confirmed that we had walked a rate of speed climbing uphill MUCH slower than walking to town. Shocking discovery.

The rocks piled one atop each other are not a result of stone stacking but rather are trail markers called cairns and are used instead of paint to keep you headed in the right direction.

This is probably the largest yellow rumped warbler that I have ever seen.



While the sound of the wind was loud, it did not have the force to make the walk in any way dangerous. Instead, we were treated to a welcomed crisp, fresh, clean breeze.



Words can not express how happy I was that I hiked up Cadillac Mountain











Heading back down the mountain









Carriage Road Trail


The Carriage Road Trail we selected to walk on was the Eagle Lake Carriage road. Our walk was rather short lived due to construction and maintenance closures. So, we headed off to Jordan Pond.


Jordan Pond

The pond has a 3.5 mile trail around it. Most of that trail is easy and accessible. To do the entire loop you should wear trail or hiking shoes as there are narrow planks which on a rainy day could be a little slippery. There is also a bit of rock scrambling which I generally don’t like. In this case, there were some nice photo opportunities and so I didn’t mind as much. Definitely not a hike for a short skirt and heels.


There was some light rain when I began my walk around the pond. I had a plastic covering on my camera to protect it. When I moved the plastic so that I could focus my lens, this chipmunk came out and started following me around. I have no doubt it was associating the sound of the plastic rattle with the sound that occurs when someone gives him food.


There are a number of trails that join the Jordan pond trail. My husband started climbing up the Bubble Rock trail and I followed him to a point. I didn’t bring a backpack for my camera and having just retrieved my lens from an expensive repair, was not ready to risk banging the lens again. So, I opted to walk towards the car to retrieve the backpack. It turned out the parking area was much further than I thought. My husband was up and down from Bubble Rock before I met up with him again. He did get this nice shot.



Thunder Hole - A force of nature

Everyday at high tide crowds form with the hope of hearing the thunder of the ocean colliding with the rocks as it funnels through to a small cave.


Bar Harbor

Sunset
Sunset

It is no wonder that Maine is a popular place to vacation. With its serene lakes, rugged shoreline, vistas, wildlife. Definitely worth a trip or two or ten. Hey, it ain’t called Vacationland for nothin’.


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To watch Two Silver-Streaked Travelers Explore Acadia National Park


If you missed the first part of our New England Blog: Connecticut and our second post-Covid 19 vaccine trip



If you missed Part 2 - Boothbay Area


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