Acadia Carriage Trails

0615 Beach (1 of 1)
Sunrise at our campsite

I was cold last night.  I didn’t want to break down and suggest turning on the heat so I added blankets and put a sweater on.  This morning, I woke up to Regis turning on the heat to warm up the motor home.  Hilarious!

The sun rises before 5:00 a.m.  The first day here, I thought I had slept through half the day.  When I awoke, I panicked and jumped up feeling I had let half the day slip by.  It was 6:30 a.m.  Today, I was up at 5:30 a.m.  Regis started taking a time lapse photo and I ruined things by suggesting we head to the park since it was so early.  Since he set up the video pre-coffee, he didn’t set it up correctly anyway.   He wound up taking the video this afternoon and I recommend you click here to see it.  It shows the movement of the tide coming in and the clouds.

Since it was so chilly, I went to the local LL Bean outlet and bought a wet suit.  Even though we are only kayaking, it is chilly enough that I am sure that getting wet from the paddle drips would not be fun.  By the time I returned with a great buy, the wind had picked up so much that we opted to kayak later.  I am sure my new wet suit will come in handy as we venture further north.

We walked on one of the carriage trails.  The trails were built by John D. Rockefeller from 1913 to 1940.  They are motor-free byways.  They are beautifully designed and the grade is not too steep.  They are great cycling trails.  We went early in the morning in the park and saw very few people on the park loop or on the carriage trail.  We hope to do some more hikes on the trails before we leave.  I think this is one of the best features of this park.  It is possible to do some of these trails in a horse drawn carriage.  On the trail we went on today, we got some great views of the Atlantic Ocean.  It doesn’t get much better than this.  The trails, views, and weather make Acadia one of my favorite national parks.

0615 Carriage Trail 1 (1 of 1)
Carriage trail above Acadia National Park loop.
0615 Carriage Trail 2 (1 of 1)
Acadia National Park carriage trail.

 

0615 Carriage Trail 3 (1 of 1)
View of ocean from Acadia National Park carriage trail.
0615 Carriage Trail 4 (1 of 1)
Carriage trail in Acadia National Park.

I was interested in trying the local Blueberry Ale beer.  I didn’t want to purchase a six pack, but that was necessary to do.   I also found a “real ale” by the same brewery.  It was a brown ale with hints of caramel.  We both love it.  We tried the Blueberry Ale and it’s ok.  But, the real ale is much better.  I need to make sure I don’t purchase too much wine and beer because I’m sure Canada won’t let us bring much if any across the border.  Therefore, I do not intend to visit the local winery and find out if I like their Chardonnay.  If I do, I will be tempted to purchase a case and I should not do that right now.

0615 Beach 2 (1 of 1)
Maine Coast line.
0615 Seagull dropping shellfish (1 of 1)
Gull dropping shellfish.
0615 Dart and Regis (1 of 1)
Regis and Dart
0615 Crab (1 of 1)
Crab. Do any of my biologist friends know what kind of crab this is?

 

2 thoughts on “Acadia Carriage Trails

  1. Beautiful carriage trails! I’m sorry I didn’t see this when I was there in ’98. And speaking of wineries, they can’t grow grapes in ME last I checked so they do fruit wines. Unless things have changed, that is! We visited a winery when I was there, about an hour up along the coast, and the fruit wines were awesome!! I loved the mead… Stop by anyway to see what they have.

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