American Locations 21 – Acadia National Park 2

This trip goes from Cincinnati, Ohio, to the Boston area, then up the New England coast all the way into Canada, then back through the Adirondacks to the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York.

The next day we caught the tram out to Thunder Hole.

Only it wasn’t very thunderous that day.

Still, we walked all around on the rocks.

Like everyone else.

We got back on the tram and went a little further, getting off at Otter Rocks.

Didn’t see any otters, but did some more rock walking.

This guy looked comfortable.

The next place we got off the tram was at Jordan Pond.

They served meals. We weren’t really hungry, but we would have been interested in a snack and drink. But it was way too busy. So instead of standing in line we walked around the lake.

Like a lot of other people.

And more people. The park is crowded, but it’s also huge. Plenty of space to spread out.

One thing that’s good about other people is you can swap cameras. Much better than selfies.

The last stop of the day was Seal Harbor.

Another picturesque place.

This wasn’t just a tourist stop. A lot of work went on here. See all the lobster traps stacked up?

Especially at the place we were headed.

To eat a good lobster dinner.

After we stuffed ourselves, we rode back to the campground. Enough for one day.

Next Location – Acadia National Park 3

American Locations 20 – Acadia National Park, Maine

This trip goes from Cincinnati, Ohio, to the Boston area, then up the New England coast all the way into Canada, then back through the Adirondacks to the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York.

The next morning we hopped on I-295 and headed north. It led to I-95, which led to Bangor. From there we got back on Hwy. 1A and headed southeast. At Ellsworth we turned onto 3, and drove south onto Mt. Desert Island. We followed 3 to Bar Harbor Campground, where we had reserved a site. Once we were settled in my wife’s daughter and her 2 sons joined us. They had reserved a nearby cabin.

One of the great things about Acadia National Park is its tram system. The park is huge, 47,000 acres, yet the trams will take you anywhere in the park. For free. There are 10 different routes. All routes run to a central location in Bar Harbor, and from there you can switch trams to any section of the park you wish to see. And there was a tram stop right outside Bar Harbor Campground. So once our motor home was set up we never had to drive it anywhere. We could ignore the traffic, sit back and relax, and enjoy the passing scenery. Since I’m the one always driving the motor home, this was a treat for me.

Our first destination was to the top of Cadilac Mountain, the highest point in the park.

Which gave us a good view down into Bar Harbor.

And of the Porcupine Islands spread out in the harbor.

In the following photo notice the cruise ship. There was one docked here during our entire stay.

In the following picture you can see the natural land bridge out to one of the islands in the harbor. The island it connects to is accessible at low tide. You just have to be sure and get back to the mainland in time or you’ll get your shoes, or more, wet.

There are great views from up there in different directions back over the park, also.

Of course, we had to engage in some rock climbing while up there.

Next we went back into Bar Harbor to walk around. Tram central is in a small park in the middle of town, several blocks up from the waterfront, which was where we headed on foot.

I like the ghost moose on top of the building in the next photo.

There was a waterfront park.

With a gazebo.

And a fountain.

This ship in the harbor looked interesting.

There were a lot of interesting ships.

But we needed to do some hiking. So my wife caught a tram back to the campground, while I & her daughter & her 2 sons caught a different tram that took us to the Beehive Mountain trailhead. It was a gentle hike starting out.

But we gained elevation quickly.

The trail soon became more fun.

The views kept getting better and better.

We stopped for rests.

The trail was crowded, so frequently we had to stop and wait for traffic to clear. Which wasn’t a problem, as it gave us opportunities to look around.

I like this mansion I could see off in the distance.

It’s always good to finally reach the top. 2 smiling, 1 gasping for air.

A chance to look around.

A better shot of the mansion.

A lighthouse on one of the rocks in the harbor.

Worn out, we caught the tram back into town, then switched to the tram that would take us back to the campground. A good start to the week.

Next Location – Acadia National Park 2

American Locations 19 – Portland, Maine

This trip goes from Cincinnati, Ohio, to the Boston area, then up the New England coast all the way into Canada, then back through the Adirondacks to the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York.

We wound our way north to 9, then continued north on that, which kept us close to the ocean front. Another beautiful drive. Eventually we turned onto Hwy. 1 and drove on north into Portland.

There are some sandy beaches here.

All of them are not crowded.

But most of the coast is rocky.

Which I found out about the hard way.

We took a harbor cruise.

It took us past a lot of lighthouses.

Some of them looked like they’d been abandoned for a while.

There were also a lot of boats out in the harbor. Pleasure boats.

And working boats.

And big boats.

We also saw some wildlife.

We left Portland after our harbor cruise and found a private campground north of the city.

Next Location – Acadia National Park, Maine

American Locations 18 – Perkins Cove, Ogunquit Beach & Kennebunkport, Maine

This trip goes from Cincinnati, Ohio, to the Boston area, then up the New England coast all the way into Canada, then back through the Adirondacks to the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York.

We drove north along the coast on 1A. A beautiful drive. In Portsmouth it joined Hwy. 1 to cross the Piscataqua River into Maine. Just across the York River we cut back onto 1A so we could continue along the coast. We stopped at Perkins Cove.

We walked around the harbor.

Before leaving the area we had to choose a restaurant for some fresh seafood.

Then it was off to walk the Marginal Way. As you can see, it was a foggy day.

The Marginal Way is a 1.25 mile paved path along some of the most picturesque New England coast you will ever see.  

We saw several artists along the way with easels set up painting the scenery.

Although the scenic view is only on one side of the path.

Some of the resorts on the other side are striking.

It is an easy walk that is rewarding to the senses. As you can see, there are flowers all along the path.

Although there is scant sand, people are still determined to enjoy the undeveloped beach.

There is a small lighthouse along the way.

The Marginal Way ends at Shore Road. From there it is a short walk to Beach Street, where you turn right and walk across a bridge onto Ogunquit Beach. This is a nice sandy beach, but upon arrival you realize why some people opted for the rocks. Ogunquit Beach was crowded that day.

And cold. Very few ventured into deep water.

We walked back to the Marginal Way and walked back to our motor home parked at Perkins Cove. We drove north on Shore Road to Hwy. 1, and continued north out of Ogunquit. In Wells we turned onto 9 and drove into Kennebunkport. We parked along the Kennebunkport River.  

After we finished wandering around the waterfront we found some more good seafood before leaving.

Full once more, we drove on Ocean Ave. back to the ocean front, then turned north on Shore Rd. Not long after we pulled over to walk out onto a rocky promontory.

To where we had a good view of George Bush Sr.’s compound.

We saw a fishing boat off the shore, tailed by a pair of black speedboats. We were told that was ex-President Bush in the fishing boat. The two black speedboats were secret service. I don’t know why they were black. It’s not like that helped conceal them, or make them less noticeable. I guess it identified them as secret service. We never saw Bush catch anything.

Next Location – Portland, Maine