Acadia National Park Journals

The Awesome Acadia National Park

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An April 2005 trip to Acadia National Park by Dave Lapha

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Quote: My journal covers a small part of the Acadia National Park. The park covers much of Mount Desert Island. It is a serene and well preserved park in its natural state. Get the feel of being on the rocky coast of Maine, and glorious sun rises from Cadillac Mountain.

The Awesome Acadia National Park

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Established in 1919 Acadia National Park became the first national park established east of the Mississippi River. Here you find sea meeting land and life thriving shore to summit. Look into the vast open sea, maybe see a whale or seal swimming by. A cruise ship coming into Bar Harbor. Tide pools along the rocky shore trap amazing plants and creatures. Inland from the sea a forest of birch, aspen and oak awaits. Hike one of many trails within the park. A sign that tells about a fire in 1947 burning 10,000 acres of Spruce-fir trees. In its place came birch, aspen and oak, plus a new variety of wildlife. As you walk along the trail stop and listen, glorious silence. Hear songs of birds, rat-a-tat o...Read More

Cafe Bluefish

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The café is one of the premier dining establishments in Bar Harbor, recognized on the Food Network for their Lobster Strudel. Located at 122 Cottage Street in Bar Harbor this café has been serving visitors to Bar Harbor since 1990. The restaurant is very charming with a nice warm atmosphere. We started our meal with the “café salad” with feta and toasted walnuts and a fantastic maple balsamic dressing. Next came their famous Lobster Strudel. It was awesome, oh my goodness. Side was caramelized onions. Just writing this I can taste every bite. My husband had the Pecan crusted salmon with creole brown butter sauce. He tells me that was really awesome too. After trying the strudel we finished off our din...Read More

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Cafe Bluefish
122 Cottage St.
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
(207) 288-3696

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Mount Desert Island is the most popular area of the Acadia National Park. If you enjoy the lesser crowds and sounds of sea hitting shore, you have to make the trip to Schoodic Peninsula. You'll find your way taking Hwy. 1 north from Ellsworth, Maine, approximately 10 miles, then make a right on Hwy. 186 to Winter Harbor. Starting at the eastern edge of Winter Harbor, it's only a mile and a half to the entrance of the park. At the beginning you can stop at Frazer's Point to watch lobstermen haul their traps or enjoy a picnic. Better yet, you can even try your hand at some saltwater fishing at the end of the pier. From the western end of the park you can view Mount Desert mountains and Mark Island ...Read More

Bar Harbor - Shore Path

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You have a beautiful day ahead of you and just want to explore the coastline along the town of Bar Harbor. Stroll along the secluded shorefront path. Enjoy the beautiful old homes that still stand along the shore of Frenchman Bay. The path begins at the town pier and wends its way along the waterfront. When you reach the end you can turn around and walk back the same way or take Wayman Lane to Main Street and do some shopping or grab a bite to eat. It's a very easy walk along the shore path, no rocks to climb over, unless you decide to check out the tidal pools at low tide. Stop and sit awhile and watch as the cruise ships come into port and taxi the people back and forth in the orange w...Read More

Bar Island - Bar Harbor Maine

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This is a fun hike, but you have to check the low tide and high tide before doing this hike. Bar Harbor and Bar Island are connected by a sandbar. Bar Harbor, the sandbar, and the island combine to form the harbor, within Frenchman Bay. Vessels entering the harbor don’t venture beyond the sandbar because even at high tide they would risk running aground if they tried crossing the sandbar. Tides average 8 to 12 feet between extremes. At low tide you can either walk or drive across the sandbar and then hike up and explore Bar Island. There is a road that stretches the length of the sandbar. But be aware it is only at low tide that the islands connect. So if you don’t want to lose your vehicle or ge...Read More