Thursday we got up and decided to do the "I wonder how many miles we can put on Libby today?" tour. We started by going back over the auto loop in Acadia and went directly to Thunder Hole hoping to catch it with higher water and a louder "BOOM." Well, the water was too high and the hole completely under water so no sound whatsoever. :( We decide to come back on Saturday morning so that we could catch it a couple of hours before high tide. Hopefully that will work.
We then went around to Jordan Pond again to walk the Nature Trail. At 10:00 in the morning, parking was much more available and we were able to hike that trail, finally. It was a nice hike with through the forest that was very nicely explained in the provided brochure. Part of the trail was besides Jordon Pond but the fog was still so dense we could barely see past the near shoreline.
We then headed for highway 102 and the loop around the West (and less traveled) side of Acadia. We went through the Acadia Sea Wall area, Bass Harbor, Tremont, Seal Cove, Pretty Marsh and Sommesville before leaving 102 and heading back North to Highway 1. These were all quaint little seaside villages with most of them being working harbors and having lots of lobster boats. It took about an hour and a half to make the loop but provided us with a look at the other side of Mt. Desert Island.
Next we went a little further West and went down another peninsula. If you look at a map showing the coast around Acadia, you will see that there are a number of peninsulas and islands extending South from the Maine coast. The one we went down is immediately West of Mt. Desert Island which contains Acadia. As we went down we passed many small communities and a few larger ones such as Blue Hill. At the very bottom, you go over a large suspension bridge onto Little Deer Isle and then a causeway to Deer Isle and then on down to Stonington. On the way back up we drove around Northern Bay and passed through Castine. Then on up to highway 1 again and back to where we are camped. We did a total of about 150 miles and enjoyed great scenery. Throughout the trip, you could see how this area is mostly sustained by lobster fishing and summer tourism. Each time you could see water, there were lobster boats galore and cottages for rent.
Friday we headed for Schoodic peninsula due East of Mt. Desert Island to take in the small portion of Acadia National Park that is located there. Once you get to the Park, there is a one-way drive of about nine miles that is spectacular with coastline beauty. We were told that not too many visitors actually come to this part of the Park since it is so isolated from the main part of the Park but in our opinion, this absolutely the most scenic part of Acadia. If you come here, take the time to do this drive. There are several turnoffs that allow you to stop and enjoy the sights. We found many visitors that had brought their lawn chairs and were just sitting above the shore taking in the view, the sounds of surf and the cool breeze.
We then came back to Ellsworth and visited the new Wal-Mart Supercenter to stock up on items we know from last year that we need to purchase before going into Canada. Some of it you save big time, some of it you can't get in Canada, especially some of the food items where you have definite name-brand preferences. This was the best Wal-Mart we have ever been in. Large, wide aisles, well stocked and believe it or not, checkers waiting for someone to get in their line!!!
Saturday we went back to Thunder Hole - still no thunder!! I guess it has to be a combination of tide and heavy seas? We have been there at low tide, high tide and between tide with no success. Oh, well you can't have everything. We then went on a two-hour carriage ride over the carriage roads and a few of the bridges John D. Rockefeller, Jr. had built when he owned a good portion of Mt. Desert Island. He had over 50 miles of carriage roads constructed and several stone bridges of which every one is unique in design and construction. The first bridge was a cobblestone bridge that took three years to build and was finished in 1917. The construction using such small stones was discontinued and future bridges were built of much larger granite stones that were obtained at nearby quarries. The last bridge was finished in 1937.
Our carriage was pulled by two large, beautiful Percherons - one male, one female. Our tour guide was a young lady studying to be a large animal veterinarian and was delightful - full of funny stories.
We then went to Hannaford's and got Doris another lobster since she may have to wait awhile for the next. We came back to the coach and watched the College World Series, a little of the soccer match and started getting the Mothership ready for tomorrow's trip. We are heading for Lubec, ME which is the Easternmost point in the U.S. and will stay there until at least July 4th to avoid fighting for campground space during the holidays.