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Date: September 12, 2020

Day 6

A later start following the lengthy Tuesday we all had, a short and easy hike started our day. We explored the site and ruins of the old Dorr estate, one of the prominent locals who helped create Acadia and Bar Harbor.

An easy hike to a beautiful secluded cove had us searching for more shells and watching for sea life. We turned inward and wandered around the forested remains of the house. Nothing more than a foundation and granite stairs left from what was once grandiose landscaping remained.

Abby and Rachel were curious in checking out the beehive trail I had done the day before. So we went there next and began our ascent. It was a much busier day, which allowed for frequent stops on the way up. Unfortunately the weather was pretty foggy again which limited the views from these stops.

The fog also obscured the sites once we made it to the top, but we still had a pleasant break. We took a longer way back down to take a peak at one of the rare alpine like lakes that aren’t down close to sea level.

After the three of us headed home to collect Margaux and the kayaks. A short drive had us at Bubble Pond, a smaller body of water next to eagle lake. The winds were even calmer, allowing us to slowly poke around the lake. Being so much smaller than Eagle Lake, we quickly crossed the whole thing before letting the window carry us back to the launch.

As the wind moved us, it slowly picked up and also brought heavy fog up and over the mountains behind us. Propelled only by the wind, we were chased in slow motion back to shore, an eerie but beautiful end to our kayaking.

Our trio dropped off the dog and equipment at home before planning dinner, which was to be fresh cooked seafood. We took a break from orchestrating dual families and went into town for a brief happy hour. We ended up at a great little spot called The Barnacle where we had a very private dining experience on the back porch that only seats 4, so it was just us.

Back home, we enjoyed mussels and delicious home made crab cakes. We reviewed more photos from the day and got excited about whale watching the next day.

Day 5

We started the day incredibly early, hoping to get a Cadillac mountain sunrise viewing in now that the Labor Day weekend crowd had cleared out. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate, and we ended up seeing mostly fog.

I wanted to check off another iron rung route, so headed to the beehive next. It was a bit more crowded than the precipice trail, but still sparse being so early.

A much shorter hike, both getting to the start as well as the vertical climb, the view at the top was just as rewarding. Offering a much closer view of sandy beach and the shore, I relaxed and snacked briefly before descending the rear side, again a much easier route.

I took a circuitous route back home, investigating lake conditions and filling up on gas, as well as getting some more sights in along the way. With calmer winds, Abby, Rachel and I decided to head back to Eagle lake and attempt kayaking again.

We successfully got the kayaks unloaded and into the water, and parking was much easier to come by. Abby and rachel took a double along with Margaux, while I reconfigured to use the other kayak as a solo.

The wind still made the lake a bit choppy, but we had a wonderful time. Slowly poking along the coast, we eventually came to a handful of loons. We sat and watched them a while before slowly wandering back to the launch, surrounded by peaks on all sides.

We got back to the house early to prepare for our sunset cruise. Heading to the dock in town, we boarded the Margaret Todd, a 150’ sailing schooner, for our evening entertainment.

We weaves around some of the porcupine islands in the harbor. As the sun set, the scenery became more majestic. Eventually we even spotted some dolphins as they hunted other sea life. The sun behind the trees, we headed back to shore.

Miraculously, one of the restaurants we wanted to try was able to seat us almost immediately, and we settled into another meal peppered with a variety of seafood, beer and good conversation.

Day 4

I woke up early to check off one of my own hiking goals: the precipice trail. Climbing up one of the vertical faces of granite Acadia is known for, it is one of the sought after iron rung routes.

Our drive along the coast the day before showed how tight parking was due to the lack of shuttle this year. So I started from a more distant and less frequented trailhead that took me along one of the first trails that eventually became Acadia National Park.

After a couple of miles of fantastic searches of granite dotted with greenery, and incredible stairs made out of hunks of the same stone, I came to the bottom of the trail and the first iron ladder. Rapidly gaining elevation using iron treads anchored in stone, switching back on narrow ledges and repeating, I (relatively) quickly reached the summit and was greeted by a wide vista from bar harbor to sandy beach.

I enjoyed a hoppy beverage before descending an easier, but incorrect, trail down. It put me a mile down the road from where I parked, so my hike became longer than expected.

We wrapped up our day with a hearty seafood takeout dinner from the lobster co two blocks away. Fresh lobsters and rolls, so much chowder. Stuffed to the gills, we retired ready for another day of exploring this wonderful island.

Day 3

First full day in Maine! We got our bearings by walking on the nearby shore path to downtown bar harbor. A bit further took us to the land bridge, a wide but shallow strip of land that is only exposed at low tide and connects with bar island.

After we swung by the bar harbor farmers market. We grabbed some local produce and meats. After Abby and I went out to grab the rest of our groceries for the week along with some beer and wine.

On our way back, we checked out Atlantic Brewing’s main location that also has a bbq restaurant with outdoor dining. While it looked busy, we were actually able to get seating for 7 pretty quickly.

We enjoyed the delicious food and local beer before heading back for the evening. A pretty light day of activity, I planned to get up early the next day to get some more substantial hiking in.

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