American Locations 25 – Cobstock Bay State Park

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.

From Schoodic Peninsula we drove north on 186 to Hwy. 1, then turned north. At the Narraguagus River we turned off onto Hwy. 1A and continued north. We were soon back on Hwy. 1. This route kept us fairly close to the coast. At Whiting, at the head of Denny’s Bay, we turned north onto Rural Rte. 1. This took us along the waterfront to Cobstock Bay State Park.

The park is on a peninsula that juts out into Denny’s Bay. This bay is the westernmost reach of the Bay of Fundy. After setting up then relaxing after our scenic drive, we went on a hike.

Down to the bay.

We saw a pier.

So naturally we walked down to it.

And out on it.

There were boats anchored out in the bay.

We saw these birds feasting on a pile of fish. I don’t know where the fish came from.

Some kayakers were paddling around these 2 little islands.

You can tell by the watermark this was nearly high tide. Here are the same 2 islands at low tide.

Amazing, isn’t it. The Bay of Fundy has the most extreme tides in the world. This Internet article can describe it better than me:

Wedged between the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the Bay of Fundy experiences tidal flows reaching up to 53 feet, or the height of a five-story building. Twice each day, over 175 billion tons of seawater surges in and out—more than the flow of the world’s freshwater rivers combined. And, according to my colleague Henry Huntington who is Ocean Conservancy’s Arctic science director, the volume of water going into and out of the bay is so large that it alters the region’s gravity, making Nova Scotia and New Brunswick lean slightly towards the bay at high tide, and relax away at low tide.

The Bay of Fundy’s tides act this way because of its special features: a conical shape and a coincidence of timing called ‘tidal resonance,’ where the water in the bay, which naturally sloshes back and forth like a bathtub, moves in sync with the ocean tides creating a resonance.

The next morning we hiked back down to the bay to see what it looked like at low tide. You can see how wet everything is right up to the trees. That land gets covered with water twice day.

Another island left high and dry at low tide.

This is something we found growing all over. At high tide it is covered in water, and at low tide it is exposed to the air.

After witnessing the extent of the tides here, it made me wary of setting up camp too close to the water. We could get washed away while we sleep.

Next Location – Shackford Head State Park

American Locations 24 – Acadia National Park: Schoodic Peninsula

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.

Early in the morning we drove north on 3 off Desert Island onto the mainland. We turned onto Hwy. 1 and headed south. We then turned onto 186 and drove down Schoodic peninsula. We turned 186 into the park. This section of Acadia National Park is across the water from the main body of the park on Desert Island. Directly across from Schoodic Peninsula is Sand Beach.

I made a mistake early this morning. I saw the flashing sign saying no motor homes or pulled campers were allowed on the narrow winding road through this part of the park. But our motor home is only 23 feet long, and I’m so used to driving it anywhere I ignored the sign. A park ranger pulled me over before I made it an eighth of a mile. He made me park our motor home at the visitor center and catch a tram. At least he didn’t give me a fine, or kick us out of the park.

The first tram stop put us out on the southernmost point of the peninsula. Unfortunately, it was the foggiest day we’d had yet.

You could still see the ocean.

A little bit of it.

I think the birds were lost in the fog, too.

If you squint really good you can make out a boat in the next 2 photos.

So there was nothing to do except scramble around on the rocks.

This spot reminded me of Thunder Hole, but it was quiet, too.

We caught a tram back to the visitor center, climbed back into our motor home, and drove on north up the Maine coast.

Next Location – Cobstock Bay State Park

American Locations 23 – Acadia National Park 4

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.

After my wife’s kids and their families left, we stayed several more days. The first place we hopped off the tram at was the Natural Garden at the Nature Center.

Then it was off on another hike. Bubble Rock. As you can tell, it was foggy.

After hiking to the top of Bubble Rock, my wife had had enough. She went back down and caught a tram to the campground, while I hiked on to Eagle Lake.

The lake had a bit of a sandy beach.

I hiked down to the lake.

I saw some kayakers.

I hiked around the lake.

And through the trees.

Up onto a carriage road.

These were originally private roads actually used by horse-drawn carriages. Back before this was a national park it was the private estate of John D. Rockefeller. He donated thousands of acres to help found the park. Now the gravel roads are used by hikers and cyclists.

It passes under the motor roads, accessing parts of the park you can reach no way else.

I got totally lost on these roads. I ended up at this mossy pond.

Lucky for me, it was next to a road, and a short walk down this road led me to a tram stop. I had a long winding relaxing ride back to the campground.

Next Location – Schoodic Peninsula

American Locations 22 – Acadia National Park 3

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.

My wife’s son and his family joined us in our campground at Acadia National Park. They pitched tents several sites away. The first thing we did was head for the top of Cadillac Mountain to catch the sunrise. Unfortunately, the trams don’t run that time of morning, so we drove up in two cars. We weren’t alone.

It was a good sunrise.

After, we were ready to head back to the camp for breakfast.

Later that morning we hiked the Precipice Trail. This is looking up from the parking lot at what we would be climbing.

Unlike the Beehive Trail, this one started out hard.

And got harder.

Like Beehive, this trail offered great vistas.

Although it seemed like we had climbed for hours.

We still had a ways to go.

In some places there were railings.

In some places there were bridges.

In some places there was hardly a trail, you just had to scramble up over rocks.

We were getting close to the top.

What a view we had on the way up. The road at the bottom left was our starting point.

Almost there.

Just before reaching the top, there were several sets of steel rungs fastened into the rock face we had to scale.

More good views near the top.

I zoomed in on a cruise ship.

We crashed after reaching the top.

We wandered around a while on top.

We had a good view looking down on Bar Harbor.

Then it was time to start back down.

And down.

And down.

I was lagging behind by this point. Getting tired.

I caught up with them by the time we reached the trees.

We crashed at our camp site for several hours, then were recharged and ready to take off on the trams once again. Our first destination was Sand Beach. Note how many are on the beach and how many are actually in the water. The water was frigid.

I could play on beaches a lot of places, but there aren’t many places with rocks like these to climb around on. A lot of people agreed with me.

Some were just for looking at. Too dangerous to climb on.

Next it was back to Thunder Hole, to see if any thundering was going on.

Nope, not today, either.

Still, there were the rocks.

And poses to strike.

That evening we went to Bar Harbor for dinner. Here is the park where all the trams converged.

We walked down to the waterfront and saw some more interesting ships.

See the whale watch ship? We tried to book a cruise on it, but were told a storm was moving in and the water would be too rough for any more excursions during the time we would be here.

There is a path along the waterfront.

Note the trail marker on the rock. Must have been put there at low tide. Water is way too cold to swim out there to place it.

It was an easy stroll, compared to what we had hiked that morning.

After, we walked back into town and found a restaurant with some more good seafood. Then it was back to the campground, exhausted once again.

Next Location – Acadia National Park 4