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Aug 7, 2019 - Biking the Carriage Roads

Set the alarm for 7:30 but hit the snooze once for extra 9 minutes. Stopped at the Log Cabin Restaurant for breakfast since it had been a few days since I’d had a real breakfast. It took longer than I anticipated, so it was approaching 10 before I got to the Jordan Pond parking lot and things were filling up fast but I snagged a spot on the first go around. First up today was hiking the Jordan Pond Path which makes a 3.2 mile loop around the lake. I walked counter clockwise. The trail along the east side of the lake is a very easy, flat...

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Aug 6, 2019 - Hiking Galore!

Got a fairly early start this morning. I was at the Hull’s Cove Visitor’s Center at 8 when they opened. Picked up a couple of items then headed out to the parking lot to catch the bus to Bar Harbor’s Village Green. Walked down to the Bar Island Land Bridge. It is just as advertised…you can walk across to Bar Island. I have pictures from the same spot from last evening and again this morning. On Bar Island there is a trail you can hike to the highest peak on the island but it is about a mile, so 2 round trip. I would have had about an hour,...

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New England 2019

Jun 11, 2018 - Acadia National Park

Mon., June 11th – After a Maine blueberry muffin and pancake breakfast at Jordan’s in downtown Bar Harbor, we were Acadia bound. The 27 mile Park Loop Road with its many photo pull outs took us the entire day. We walked Sand Beach, made stops at Jordan Pond and Thunder Hole, took a back road to a picnic spot in Northeast Harbor, and ended with a beautiful walk at the summit of Cadillac Mountain. We couldn’t have chosen a more perfect day for taking in the beauty of Maine’s most scenic national park!

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May 13, 2018 - WOW Acadia National Park!

Weekend is almost over and I am ready for a vacation. Oh wait I am on vacation. Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain came very early on Saturday morning. We left at 415 and it did not disappoint. No need to worry about black flies this weekend. We woke to 30 degrees Saturday am. We did go back to sleep for a few hours. After a hearty breakfast of cousin Maria and Chucks fresh eggs, we ventured out to hike. Hiked two peeks-Beehive and Gorham. Lots of rocks. I refused to do the cliff side with iron rails, I opted for climbing the rocks using my...

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Sep 17, 2017 - Acadia National Park

2017-09-14 through 17 - Acadia National Park We drove from Millinocket, Maine around Bangor via all of these small state roads to US 1 then to Acadia National Park via Maine Rt. 3. The route paralleled the Penobscot River that is a wide, placid river for most of its route in this part of Maine and the countryside is filled with some farms and a lot of small cabins. When we reached US 1, the difference between what it looks like here compared to what it looks like in Bucks County was not lost on us. Here, it is a two lane road that looks...

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Sep 16, 2016 - Acadia National Park, ME

Acadia National Park is very close to Bar Harbor and Friday morning we left the RV Park early in order to be at Thunder Hole at high tide to view the surf crashing through two skinny rocky troughs. However, we forgot to bring the maps and guides and needed to backtrack. We parked at Sand Beach and walked the .7 mile path to Thunder Hole. We missed high tide and the gentle waves came in and gurgled through the troughs. Acadia is a very dog friendly national park. Pets are allowed on most hiking trails, in shuttles, certain gift shops and are...

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New England 2016

Jul 16, 2016 - Acadia National Park

While we had spent a week at Acadia National Park in 2007, it certainly was worth a return trip. This time we just made a day trip out of it. If you've never been, we certainly recommend more time than that. Things we missed were the off-the-beaten path stuff like the carriage trails and some of the nearby points of interest (Somes Sound, for instance). But we had a good time: first, we had lunch at Jordan Pond which is famous for it popovers. Then we drove the Park Loop where we saw many of the major sites of the rugged Maine coast....

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Aug 24, 2015 - Acadia National Park

Our stay here began in a special way. A local listener to our RV Navigator podcast invited us to Sunday brunch at a historic inn overlooking a lake. The food was great and the conversation stimulating. Their family camps and has travelled internationally, but they are looking ahead and making plans for the time when their children will be out of the house and a lifestyle more like ours will be possible. They asked us lots of good questions and shared their lives with us a bit. These encounters are often somewhat jarring since our listeners...

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Aug 14, 2015 - Back to Acadia

This morning dawned to a bright sun and moderate temperature. We decided that it was the perfect day to revisit Acadia National Park. After yesterday’s long run I wasn’t interested in climbing any mountains, so we decided to head to the Sand Beach area and the relatively flat walk along the ocean. The park was much more crowded than our visit earlier this year. That slowed our trip from Hermon and made it a bit more difficult to find parking. But we were able to find a spot and soon were sitting on a rock on the ocean shore having a picnic...

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Jul 31, 2015 - Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is the only National Park in New England. Although I’ve lived in New England most of my life, I’d never been there. It was time to remedy that omission. Acadia is not geologically unique. It’s not an old growth forest. (It had been clear cut for farming.) It doesn’t have a protected ecosystem. It’s not archeologically significant. It’s not the highest, or the coldest, or the deepest, or the widest. In short, it has none of the features that would normally qualify it as a National Park. If fact, this was a playground for...

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Jun 21, 2015 - Acadia National Park

Raining cats and dogs when we got here. Good thing the camper is water tight! It rained all night and started to clear in the morning. Our first full day day, Tuesday, started out misty and it got better and better as the day went on. By evening it was warm and sunny. We went on a scenic drive on the Park Loop Road and Cadillac Mountain and hiked along the shore near Thunder Hole and Otter Point. Then an outdoor lobster dinner at the campground. Wednesday was predicted to be clear in the morning, but rain starting around 1 PM. We went out...

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Oct 5, 2014 - Acadia National Park

This morning we headed over to the Bar Harbor Congregational Church this morning and then we decided to see if our favorite place for haddock was still in business. Unfortunately, the place was sold and is now The Downtown Lobster Pound. The menu was different and, although the haddock was really good, the atmosphere and the service just wasn't the same. After lunch we headed to Acadia National Park. We thought we would head up to Cadillac Mountain and get out and walk around, however, today was so busy at the park it was unbelievable....

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