Acadia National Park – Day 2

July 10, 2019

Wednesday I drove back down to Acadia to just get my chair out and sit in the shade and enjoy the sounds & sights of the ocean.  I picked some of the nicest vantage points I had seen the day before.  I also drove through Bar Harbor but didn’t even park the car and walk around because it was so congested.

This was just past Sand Beach, looking east-southeast:

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This was on the south end of the island – looking out at the ocean:

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And this was at a high point, though not as high up as Cadillac Mountain – looking to the east-northeast (north of Bar Harbor), then looking towards Bar Harbor:

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High Anxiety

July 11, 2019

On my way to my Airbnb on Monday I drove over this bridge south of where I was staying in Hampden.  It is called the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and on top of one of the support towers is an observatory, the only one like it in the United States and one of only three in the world.  This bridge went into service in December 2006, replacing an older suspension bridge which had been built in 1931.

These are two photos I took on Monday, the bridge itself:

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And the view of the Penobscot River as it flows out to the ocean:

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I am afraid of heights and initially wasn’t inclined to go up in it but later in the week I had time so I thought I’d give it a shot.

This is a view of the bridge from the town of Bucksport:

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On the right is Fort Knox (no, not that Fort Knox – though wouldn’t it be a hoot if all our gold is really underground up here in Maine?) which was constructed of locally mined granite.

I rode the elevator 420 feet up to the top of one of the towers and could then see 360 degrees around from 3 different observation floors (so people can spread out and not hog the view).

This is looking down (north) at Bucksport:

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And a little to the left (now looking north-northwest) is an old paper mill which, to the local residents dismay, closed unexpectedly in 2014.

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And here is the view looking south, of the Penobscot River flowing out to the ocean:

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And this is looking west, at the support cables:

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And looking east:

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Here are two shots from the parking lot area:

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And here is a photo taken at night which I found online:

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(Photo credit: Iggie Sanchez)

Acadia National Park

July 9, 2019

The main reason I am spending 4 nights in Maine before crossing into Canada is to visit Acadia National Park.  I have been to Belgrade Lake, north of Augusta with one of my brothers and his family on several occasions (including side trips each year to LL Bean and Pemaquid Point Lighthouse) but have never visited other parts of the state.

Tuesday I drove out to Acadia and spent a good bit of the day driving around within the Park itself and on much of the island it occupies.  I always thought the main island was exclusively the Park but learned that in addition to a major town (Bar Harbor) there are also many, many small towns and fishing villages scattered all over the island with non-Park roads connecting them.  Although the bulk of Acadia is in one place (and has a 27-mile road meandering through it) there are also smaller parts of the Park scattered about the area as well.

The first thing I did after I arrived at the Park and got my map was head up to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point in the Park.

This is the view towards the east-northeast.  Bar Harbor is along the edge of the island I am standing on and behind it are several more islands: Bar Island, Sheep Porcupine, Burnt Porcupine, Long Porcupine and Bald Porcupine.

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Looking the other way is another, smaller mountain with a large lake at it’s base.

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I drove around Park Loop Road stopping at various overlooks.  This is a short ways past Sand Beach:

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And in the central part of Mount Desert Island is Somes Sound, a fjard (similar to but different from a fjord):

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And further around the island (and outside the Park) was this little fishing harbor, Southwest Harbor, at low tide:

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And on the south side of the island I saw some sailboats:

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After leaving Acadia for the day I headed back towards Hampden, but made a side trip near where I had driven to Castine the day before, this time taking Route 15 as far south as I could go – to Stonington:

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I will be going back to Acadia again tomorrow to just sit and enjoy the views at some of my favorite spots rather than just driving all day.