Friday, September 20, 2013

Acadia National Park to Campobello Island, New Brunswick

It was so nice having extra time to explore more of the carriage roads at Acadia National Park.

Some of the views are postcard perfect.

Looking over Eagle Lake.

We love seeing the bridges.

You can appreciate the extra work added for a resting spot or a drain.

An example of the gatehouses which were at the entrances to various carriage roads.

There are 2 gatehouses and about 17 bridges over the 45 miles of carriage roads.

Along some of the carriage roads, you will run into individual horses and also carriages.

This time we had two carriages in a row.

The roads are quite wide --about 13  feet or so.

This was an active beaver lodge.  There were signs of the typical cuts on the small trees nearby.

If you plan to bike the carriage roads, be ready for some hill climbing.

This road was to the top of Day Mountain.

The view was well worth the effort.

Some of the carriage roads go by Eagle and Bubble ponds.

There are so many roads that most of time will be spent by yourselves even though there are many other bike riders on the roads

Of course, any good bike exercise deserves a stop at Jordan Pond House for popovers and strawberry jam.

As a note, we were able to park our 24 foot motorhome (Lady Blue) in the Jordan Pond parking lot by arriving before 10am for 2 of our mornings.

There are only a few RV parking spots at Jordan Pond.  But our backup plan was lots of free RV parking at the Hull Cove visitor's center.  Also , that is a hub for the free island shuttle buses which are set up to carry bicycles as well.

The view from the tables is worth at least a second popover.

Part of the time at Acadia , of course, has to be spent at Bar Harbor.

We like to walk around the shops and also the waterfront walk-----about two miles along the harbor.

These are two of three cruise ships that were visiting Bar Harbor.

At the harbor there are many choices of boats to ride out and see the whales.

Or , at the right time of year, to see the Puffins.

There are many private sail boats.

Or you might take a sail on a four masted schooner.

Along the harbor walk, I was doing my best to remove large rocks.

The signs indicated that this boulder was left by the ice age thousands of years ago--originating many miles inland.

Well-------if it's been here that long!!!

So many lobster pounds.

And so little time.

I know many of you will find this hard to believe, but we actually shared this lobster as a reward for miles of bike riding one afternoon.

Yes!!!! It's true!

This lobster pound keeps a blue lobster, caught last year, to show to customers.

Blue lobsters are supposedly rare as in one in a few million.

Jan??  What, no lobster this time?

She is looking out from Thurston's Lobster Pound in Bernard which is on the southwestern side of Mount Desert Island.

The magical steamer is on the porch and wood fired.

How could we resist. The prices were very reasonable .

As the ad says,  look for the yellow awning.

At this time of year, there was plenty of room on the upper deck.

The harbor was very active with lobster boats returning from their rounds.  They would come to one of the docks to turn in their daily catch.  While we were there we saw the dock hand next door deliver a large container of fresh lobsters that had just arrived to Thurston's.  Very fresh!!!

From Mount Desert Island , we head up to Cobscook Bay State Park.

Glad we have our small Class C.  The old 5th wheel would have had a difficult time on many of these sites.

The idea here is to visit Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada.  This was President Franklin D. Roosevelt's summer home from childhood.

He spent many summers here until the early 1920's when he contracted polio.  He did return as President a few times, but the Depression and World War II prevented  him from spending time.
Some of those years he would spend any free time at the warm springs in Georgia to ease his polio.

This lighthouse is seen from the bridge over to the island.

Perhaps a better shot taken as we were leaving the island.

From a high point on the island we were able to watch  a mature eagle soaring at eye level--a great sight.

Some of these cottages were built in the 1800's or added to later.

The Roosevelt cottage was large with many bedrooms and a wonderful view of the bay.

Every room was set as in the early 1900's, including the kitchen, water supply, and laundry room.

Loved seeing the old ice houses used to keep ice over the summer months.

The gardens are very well kept.

Just one of the rooms.

On the table are one of FDR's pipes and a
replica sailboat.

Outside Lubec is also Quoddy West Lighthouse

Sometimes lighthouses even have gargoyles.

As the marker reads

The easternmost point in the United States.

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