Mount Desert Island
Spent the first half of the day driving the roads of the western half of Mount Desert Island. Same island as Acadia NP but more areas of population (villages) and less tourist traffic.
Pretty short drive to a campground just outside Bar Harbor, ME.
This carving was at the entrance to our campground. It is done by a guy who has (or plans to have) a Native American carving in each state. Some how in our journey we have managed to see a number of them. Google him (Peter Toth)
Spent the afternoon driving the loop through Acadia NP. Second most visited National Park in the country even with its’ remoteness. Easy to see why. This place is beautiful. Great views everywhere. Little chilly now but hiking trails and carriage roads give lots of options to experience the park. Even now, on a chilly fall day, there were many tourists throughout the park.
Still looking for a moose
Carriage road bridge.
In the middle of the park is Cadillac Mountain, highest spot on New England coast and first place in US to see sunlight (on the summit).
After driving the loop we visited Bar Harbor. Historic harbor village now pretty much tourist geared. Tee shirts and cups, etc but there were several real gems – stores that sold hand made items made in Maine. One had Christmas themed items and another had a wide variety of things made of wood. Lots of restaurants, especially lobster theamed. And, a quilt store.
Bar Harbor gets cruise ships. First we have seen of this other than Alaska. This is one of two today. Tomorrow, three. They have to anchor offshore and ferry passengers to town. In town, many catch bus tours of Acadia NP.
The last few days have been mostly car tripping to see stuff.
Kennebunkport to see large expensive homes and harbors full of boats, large and small. One house with a famous resident.
This is Walker’s Point complex of homes
Main house on tip of point.
American flag flies daily. Texas flag and POTUS flag mean that George Herbert Walker Bush is currently in residence. (Same flags fly when his son is visiting )
Yarmouth – home of Delorme maps and software.
This is ‘Ertha’ viewed from near the top
Ertha is a three story high globe.
Seeing a map like this gives some perspective as to how far from home we are.
We’ve been here too.
Globe spins on its’ axis and rotates to simulate rotation around Sun.
Freeport – home of L.L. Bean flagship store.
Cape Elizabeth – home of a lighthouse. (One of over 60 on coast of Maine)
Portland Head Lighthouse
Scarbough - home of (among other things I’m sure) a full sized chocolate moose.
Just to the left of this picture is an ice cream window that sells really good ice cream in several creative flavors. AND – today was two for one day. Two huge cones of amazing ice cream for under $4.00. Double