2008 Keys 2 Canada travel blog

coyote at the Visitor Center

rustic bridge

spring house

walk up to the Abbe Museum

Mountain section of the Acadian Gardens

ferns thrive here

these cool gardens are very inviting on a hot day

Pond habitat

Coniferous Woods

Bogs where blueberries and cranberries grow

bog grasses


cranberry plants

lily pads and a frog


the Bird Thicket

blueberry plants

the bus driver said that rocks and alders are always found in...

wildflowers in the shade

you do not want to put these on your pancakes!

and did we mention that ferns thrive in this place?

white does well in the shade

and all brought to us by these fine and dedicated people

waiting for the Island Explorer

outside dining at Jordan Pond - and certainly one of the the...

from the restaurant it's a short walk to the pond

behind the trees - Sand Beach - one of the few swimming...

no - those are not ants on the beach, they're people

offshore a stately sailboat

you are never far from the water here

very different from our Pacific coast but just as beautiful

An unforgettable feast at Jordan Pond - Tuesday, July 8

We set out on the same shuttle bus as yesterday, but today we got off at Sieur de Mont, a stop where you can transfer to a Loop Road bus. Our destination today is Jordan Pond, a body of water that resembles a fjord between two high wooded ridges. They call it a pond, but it’s larger than a lot of lakes, and the walk around it is a hike of over three miles.

While we waited for the Loop Bus we spent an interesting hour looking at the stone age relics in Sieur de Mont’s Abbe Museum, and walking the paths of Sieur de Mont’s Acadian Gardens. The museum’s artifacts are the lifetime collection of one dedicated amateur archeologist, and the gardens are a display of the flora and geographical features of the parks several climate and life zones. Like the park, they are inviting, relaxing and make you glad you came.

Back on the bus we jostled along for half an hour, visiting with a family from Maine who are camping here too. We arrived at Jordan Pond at 11:30, and headed straight for our reason for coming - not the pond but the restaurant! A woman in Wells told me about it, and she said that whatever we did we were not to miss having lunch at Jordan Pond. She recommended Lobster Stew and Popovers, and that is just what I intended to have.

We were just ahead of the luncheon rush, which they say can sometimes keep you waiting for hours to be seated. We were shown right to a table, and soon our waiter Ben was bringing some of the most delicious food we’ve ever had. The lobster stew was yesterday’s experience all over again, only this time the lobster was served in a lobster bisque and we didn’t have to pry it out of the shell. If ever a soup was brewed to make you think you’ve died and gone to heaven - this was it!

And now a word about popovers - because they were just as big an attraction as the lobster, if you can believe that. Popovers are a delicacy you seldom hear about, but my grandmother used to make them for Sunday breakfasts and other special occasions. They are not easy to make, and the Jordan Pond Cookbook admits that there are days when even they can’t get them to come out right. It’s like making half a dozen little soufflés in a muffin pan.

The recipe is daunting. Room temperature eggs, the need to add the other ingredients at just the right speed, 5 - 7 minutes of high speed beating at several different stages, letting the batter rise, using a special popover pan, don’t open the oven or they will fall, don’t make any loud noises or jar the oven (same result), and pray, Pray, PRAY! Not something you’d want to try in an RV.

We took the bus back to the RV and called it a day. Sometimes lunch takes so much out of you there just isn’t any energy left over for other fun.

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