Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Rocky Coast of Maine, Day 3 ...

There are dozens of small harbors in and around Acadia National Park area. Most are oblivious to the tourists except to fight for parking places and space on the roads.  Out in the harbor, life goes on, tourists or no.


 Small buoys (usually white) mark  lobster pots.  These bouys are everywhere!
 



 When the tide is out, tidal flats appear and an opportunity to dig clams.

Digging clams is back breaking, hot work.
 

Retreating and incoming tides can cause little rapids.
 








Bass Harbor Coast Guard light. 




Seawall Harbor.  Rocks piled up by storms have created a natural sea wall.
 


A tidal estuary can drain fresh water to the sea after a shower or flow backwards twice a day.
 




Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Rocky Coast of Maine, Day 2 ...


The cool sea breeze encountering the warm moist air over the mountains produce an almost constant change in the weather.  You can be sitting in bright sunshine while across the harbor a fog bank will roll in and fog horns start up.



 My God, how marvelous is Your Creation!
 




 





This is the way we ate lunch.

 Joanie made us some great picnic lunches.  In the park, there are no restaurants close by but they do have picnic tables in great locations so it was easy to lunch by the sea side.
 
"Can I go out on those rocks?  He did."

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Rocky Coast of Maine...

 
 
We have been very busy having adventures for the last week.  We arrived at Timberland Acres RV Park in Trenton, Maine last week. After a day of rest from our 5 hour drive from Littleton, Massachusetts and a day to do laundry and get Phaeth set up, request our mail get forwarded to us, a day to plan what we were going to do, we started out exploring in earnest.
 
 
Just south of the full camp ground is Bar Harbor, Maine and Acadia National Park. The sights and things to do and lobster to eat are more than plentiful.  The natural wonders have blown us away so I took a few photos over the last 3 or 4 days, so here they are:
 
Day 1:
 
  
First stop was to the Acadia National Park center where we purchased our Senior Lifetime  Pass.  We can now visit all the National Parks, Monuments and Museums for the rest of our lives.  It cost $10.00.  By the way, we have to show our legal I.D. whenever we use the pass so those of you think showing an I.D. to vote is some how offensive, get over it. If it looks like this place is crowded, yes this part of Maine is very crowded this time of year because for about 8 months out of the year it is not easy to get here.

This is the crowd at the top of Cadillac Mountain.  Finding parking is an opportunity to be patient.

The gift store at the top of the mountain was sold out of just about everything by noon.
 

This is the view down at sea level.

Going up Cadillac Mountain which is the highest peak on the East Coast of the North American Continent and should not be confused with Mount Mitchell in the North Carolina Mountains which happens to be the highest peak east of the Mississippi River and not on the coast.



 


Cadillac Mountain is just a bit more than 1,500 feet above the sea.
 


 
This is the town of Bar Harbor from Cadillac Mountain.

Looking northeastward at some of the islands that make up the archipelago of the Maine coast. 


Cadillac Mountain is on an island called Mount Desert Island and gets it's name from French explorers.  No, I did not misspell Desert.  It is pronounced like the last course of the evening meal; you know, blueberry pie and vanilla ice cream.

The archipelago was formed by the retreating ice sheets during the last ice age. 
 




 
 I believe that this is the light house on Bar Island.
 



 




 




 
 
I hope to post some more tomorrow.