Friday, September 19

maine part IV - a full day of goodness

North and South Bubble

thank you iPhone

thank you iPhone

 Even though we are on vacation our internal clock still wakes us up at 5:30AM… I guess we could blame this on owning cats and their incessant meowing that begins every morning at 5AM to be fed.  In this case (being on vacation) and having no animals to care for, we decided to go ahead and get up anyway and walk down the gravel path outside our hotel to the water at balancing rock to watch the sunrise.

 After breakfast we headed to Acadia hoping for a much better day of hiking.  We started with an easy trail around Jordan Pond, which by the way is the clearest lake in Maine with visibility normally at 46ft deep and is used as a water source for drinking.  On the trail we saw a small snake, a few frogs, red squirrels (which are the cutest things by the way) and loon(bird).  The loon echoed throughout the lake and at first it sounded almost like a coyote.  It definitely has an eerie call (you can listen to one here).  Later we did see the bird in the water from afar, but still too far for pictures.  Half way around the lake we decided to try another strenuous trail (not with iron ladders and steep grades like the day priory Precipes trail) to hike to the summit of the South Bubble.  I don't like heights and I was iffy if I was even going to make it to the top of this one, but sure enough I did.  Here we ate our lunch and marveled at the view of the lake and scenery.  We could see as far as Long Pond and even the Atlantic Ocean in the distance.  As we continued onward, I was very thankful as steep of a hike up that there was a much more moderate way down the backside of the mountain.  Once we made it to the bottom, we then finished the rest of the way around Jordan Pond and stopped at the Jordan Pond House for a bite to eat.  They are famous for their popovers smothered in butter and strawberry jam with tea.  I chose blueberry tea (which is another thing Maine is famous for) and I had been itching to try it.  We also chose a plate of cheese with chutney, candied walnuts, honey and bread.  Yum!  On our way out I also purchased chocolate covered blueberries and almonds from the gift store.  I am pretty sure I won't be sharing these!

 We figured since we were here and well fed we may as well hike the North Bubble.  Half way up the mountain we realized we ran out of water! Ahhh!  Thankfully we only had 1/8 of a mile left to the top.  This hike didn't have quite as nice of a view as the South Bubble, but none the less beautiful.  

 After a full day of strenuous hiking (6+ miles) we were beat!  For dinner we chose Gaylyn's Restaurant.  sadly enough for the early bird special which was before 6pm, so is that really THAT early right?  After dinner we took an evening stroll around town of Bar Harbor, had an ice cream sundae and picked up blue berry black tea from the tea shop. Yum!

Thursday, September 18

maine part III - fail, fail, fail

Before we did anything that morning we knew we wanted to watch the sunrise off of our balcony.  After breakfast we headed to Acadia for a day of hiking.  First stop was Precipice trail which we only made it half way up.  As we all know I'm not a huge fan of heights or at least places without railings and could possibly tumble to my death.  So downward we went....  fail #1

Next stop was the Thunder Hole where no thundering was heard even at prime high tide.  fail #2  So we headed up on the sand trail to visit the sand beach. Here is where we took our lunch break and had a cute little squirrel visitor.

Afterwards we headed to the Jordan Lake House, but was unable to find parking.  So we decided to call it a day at Acadia and head back to the Inn.  fail #3  I guess it was just one of those mornings where things didn't play out as we intended.

So for the afternoon we walked the shore path and did a little more shopping in the town of Bar Harbour.  Dinner was planned near the Bass Harbor Head Light, as we pulled up to Maine-ly Delights there was a sign that said CLOSED FOR SEASON. Ahhhhh! fail #4  So we skipped dinner and went straight to the headlight to wait for the sun to set.  We climbed a few boulders and setup the tripod, bundled up not for the cold but to keep the mosquito's at bay.  my goodness!  As we took down the equipment, packed up and headed back to the inn we decided that the majority of our day was unsuccessful and decided room service was our best idea yet. But to no avail, room service was not an option.  fail #5  So we put our shoes back on and walked down the street to the Irish pub for takeout.  finally.

Tuesday, September 16

maine part II - when the ocean and morning sun are calling your name

Even after a full day of travel the previous day, we decided to wake up at 5am and make the twenty minute drive to Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park to watch the sunrise.  It is the first place in the United States to see the first break of daylight.  pretty awesome!  We apparently weren't the only people whom planned to watch the sunrise, there were quite a few of us there to watch.  It was definitely a lot colder with the wind than we expected and we're thankful that we packed gloves, hats and coats just in case.

After the sunrise we headed to 'Cafe This Way' for a delightful breakfast and then to our balcony for more coffee, rocking chairs, reading and enjoying the balcony view.  We ended up skipping lunch as we were so full from breakfast and walked around the little town of Bar Harbour.

In the afternoon when the tide was at its lowest we walked across the land bridge which is only open during low tide to Bar Island which is also part of Acadia National Park.  We took the half mile hike up to the peak that overlooks Dessert Island and the town of Bar Harbour.  in the last image, the building to the very left is where we stayed at the Bar Harbour Inn.

After a long eventful day we headed back for a little rest and relaxation until dinner which consisted of picking up a pizza pie from Rosalie's, lounging in our PJ's and an early bed time.  officially old old folk