Monday, August 27

Acadia, Bar Harbor and Beyond

We took advantage of the free buses generously provided by LL Bean to explore Acadia National Park.  These buses have been transporting over 4000 tourist per day for 13 years.  The drivers are very friendly and accommodating, picking you up or dropping you off where ever you need (along the route).  We picked up the bus at a nearby campground and traveled to the east side of Mt. Desert to Bar Harbor.  Bar Harbor was the premiere summer resort in the 19th century, home to mansions of the rich and powerful. The quaint shops and flower lined streets surround the beautiful park in the town center.

Picturesque Street of Bar Harbor

Having our first lobster rolls for lunch 

Locally brewed beer and Maine blueberry soda....mmmmm yum!

Bottoms up!

Mr. Lobster Man 

We also did the park loop on the bus.  We started at Sand Beach and walked on the trail to Thunder Hole and Otter point.

Nearly 70% of the 'sand' are shells broken into teeny tiny sand like pieces

Seagulls flying overhead

Trees growing out of the rocks

A local artist painting the coastline right beside the road.  

Thousands of turtle rocks!  So cool because we love to build turtle rocks

Thunder hole.  The tide was too low during our visit, so we didn't hear any thundering water going through rocks

Otter cliffs. We saw people rock climbing the face

Our family of turtle rocks

Some of the best ice cream we have had so far:  Sea Salted Caramel, Maine Blueberry, Mexican Chocolate

The campground swimming hole at very low tide!  We were lucky to get our dinghy out

A small crab trying to get away from the kids trying to catch 'em

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