2008 Keys 2 Canada travel blog

far fewer tourists and park visitors make it over to the west...

the morning fog makes it seem all the quieter

a quiet harbor

with tides averaging 10 to 12 feet you never have to wonder...

the tide this morning is half out

not much stirring this morning

even the few towns are quiet

the only busy town is Southwest Harbor where we're having our mail...

out of Southwest Harbor it is once more serene

Bass Harbor is just a beehive of activity

Bass Harbor's tallest building

Bass Harbor

the tide is now officially out

even with reflections this is a lovely scene

The west side of Mount Desert Island - Wednesday, July 9

Today we checked out of our campsite at Blackwoods Campground and drove a scenic 25 miles over to Seawall Campground, on what the locals call ‘the quiet side’ of the island. This is the west side, and it’s’ the side that is farthest from Bar Harbor and all the craziness over there. (Yesterday a big cruise ship came in and doubled the population of the town.)

On the way we passed a number of spacious harbors, made less spacious by the receding tide. Tides here average 10 to 12 feet, and when they're out you know it. We stopped at the Post Office to check on our mail, but it wasn’t in so we proceeded to the campground.

Seawall Campground does not take reservations, so people coming here from lower New England usually opt for Blackwoods Campground, which does take reservations. No one wants to drive up from Jersey or Boston and get here with no place to stay. For this reason, Seawall is quieter and nicer - and best of all it rarely fills up.

Today the ranger girl said there are lots of spaces. She gave us a map and told us to pick out one we like. We found a nice shady site and we settled in for the day. Sometimes it’s nice to have a long, lazy afternoon to just read and relax. But we do miss our lobster lunches and dinners!

Seawall had a good evening campfire program on the many artists who have taken their inspiration from Acadia. The Hudson Valley School was well represented, and most of the paintings the ranger showed were from that era and in that style. Representational landscapes, some direct and realistic, and some fanciful and wildly idealized. Mostly good, but none really memorable. That from a painter who’s doing no painting at all for the moment.

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