It’s that time of year in Maine when the lakes freeze over and people drill holes in the ice to catch fish. Janice and I spent the afternoon with our friends Colleen and Jason hanging out in their ice fishing hut on Echo Lake in Acadia National Park. You may recognize Colleen from this photo I took of her and Janice at the Harbor Watch Inn on Swans Island in February of 2016. Colleen
Today Janice and I explored the Great Meadow in Acadia National Park. From Bar Harbor, we drove to the end of Great Meadow Drive and parked at the locked gate about 100 yards from the Park Loop Road which you can see in a few of the pictures below. From there we walked to Sieur de Monts where we got onto the Jesup Path which begins as a long wooden boardwalk. We followed the path back to the
I took a Sunday morning walk on the south end of Long Pond in Acadia National Park and shot the pictures below. Once known as Great Pond, this is the largest lake on Mount Desert Island. This glacially formed body of water is about four miles long, over one hundred feet deep, and serves as the water supply for the town of Southwest Harbor. However, on this winter morning, there was no water
Today we did a one-way hike from the Flying Mountain parking lot to the Acadia Mountain trail head on route 102. Cameron and I drove one car to the parking area on route 102 and then drove over to meet up with Janice and Emma with the other car at Flying Mountain. This is one way to do a one-way hike (ha ha). In the summer we sometimes take a car with bikes and leave either the car or the
Seawall is a section of Acadia National Park located on the western side of Mount Desert Island. The park’s Seawall campground, picnic area, and scenic roadway that runs right along the water are the main attractions. A seawall is usually a man-made wall or embankment erected to prevent the sea from encroaching on or eroding an area of land, but this Seawall is natural. Designed by God
Janice and I hiked up to the Waterfall Bridge in Acadia National Park during a heavy rain. We knew the water would be flowing heavily, but still we were amazed by just how much water runs off the mountains of Mount Desert Island during a storm. On our walk long the carriage roads starting at the Parkman Mountain parking area, every culvert, spout, and normally dry stream was gushing water.
The Perpendicular Trail is located in Acadia National Park on the “quiet side” of Mount Desert Island. Being one of my favorite trails in the park, I chose to photograph it from end to end.
Though only a mile long, the Perpendicular Trail is not for the faint of heart because your heart will get a workout as you ascend the trail’s 704 stone steps. For even more
The largest bridge that you’ve probably never seen on Mount Desert Island is the Duck Brook Motor Road Bridge pictured below. Ironically, anyone who drives the Park Loop Road, starting from the Hulls Cove Visitor Center, travels over the bridge (located here), but few people see the bridge itself. That’s too bad since it is by far the longest and tallest bridge in the park. In fact, it’s
Today Janice and I awoke to a temperature of 29°F. Yes, fall is here and winter is not far behind. We dressed warmly in preparation for a hike up the West Ledge Trail to the top of Bernard Mountain. To get there, we got onto the Western Mountain fire road and followed it nearly to Seal Cove Pond where there’s a little turnout opposite the trail head. Total driving time from our house:
The Tarn is a small lake in Acadia National Park located between Dorr Mountain and Huguenot Head, a shoulder of Champlain Mountain. In his wonderful book Lakes & Ponds of Mt. Desert, William Newlin notes that The Tarn “has become so overgrown with rushes and lilies in recent years as to barely rate the status of lake” not to mention that it’s only eight acres in size. While not a body of