Seashells, and the like were everywhere to see. The seaweed varieties were caught on the shore with low tide. The yellowish colors were attractive to see, but they were extremely slippery, especially when the many rocks were, also, wet.
The community of Bar Harbor (Pronounced Ba Haba to native Mainers.) is located on Mount Desert island. It is along the shoreline, and bay areas. During the 1880’s this area had become populated with wealthy, and powerful people. Today, the community gears towards the tourism industry. of course, lobster fishermen abound here, too. (Lobster is pronounced lobsta by the local folks.)
A great fire in 1947 destroyed much of the area. A large percentage of the community was lost due to this fire. Of course, Bar harbor has been rebuilt, and is thriving.
The lobster industry is visibly present everywhere. One will notice fishermen color-coded buoys scattered throughout the bay. The shorelines will show lobster traps here, and there. I actually ate my first lobster on this trip. I found the lobster good to the taste buds, but nothing that special over other kinds of seafood.
Laurie, and I, walked the “Shore Path” to observe the bay area. The actually path that is along the shoreline is about three-quarters of a mile long. Additional path goes back, and around, the community.
We could see the Porcupine Islands as we strolled. We saw many gulls about, as well as, five purplish-colored jellyfish. Later, we found one on the shore as the tide had become low exposing more shoreline.
What a view! Those words may best describe the sights from the area known as Cadillac Mountain. The vantage point allows for seeing distant islands, called the Porcupine Islands, and the Bar Harbor community, and port. Not to mention, the Atlantic ocean.
This mountain was named Green Mountain in past years. In the early years of French exploration the area was considered part of New France. Those years covered 1534 to 1763.
Since 1918, the mountain was named in honor of French explorer, Antoine …Cadillac. The name in reality is a long one. I chose to shorten it here!As previously stated, one can see forever on a clear day. We were lucky for the day was clear. Others visiting the mountain only see fog covering everything below them.
The top of the mountain has many volcanic rocks exposed. they are granite with a pinkish hue. I read the pink color comes from pink feldspar particles imbedded in the granite.Vegetation was mostly spruce trees with some birch scattered among them. Other short shrubs were set about the rocks wherever seeds could take hold and grow.
Cadillac Mountain is part of over twenty mountains on Mount Desert Island. This site is on an island, and is part of the Acadia National Park.
The Acadia National Park offers many beautiful sites to see. This area of the park is on an island known as Mount Desert Island. Maine is not known as a mountainous state, but there are impressive highlands on the island and nearby country. In fact, because of the clear weather we witnessed we could see a lone mountain on the mainland over a hundred miles away.
One of the sites we saw is known as Thunder Hole. This place is named because of the results of thunderous waves being compressed within a cavern-like rocky area. As the waves recede it cause a vacuum of air in the cavern causing the sound of a distant clap of thunder.
Unfortunately, the waves were not that big as we watched, and the thunder was weak. On a day of waves the water here may reach heights of forty feet.
Huge rock outcroppings are visible all around the Thunder Hole area. They are known as Otter Cliffs. Some of these cliffs top a hundred and ten feet in height. They were beautiful to see
I was fortunate with photos since the lowering sun was creating darkened shadows of contrast. I hope you enjoy a few of the photos included here.
Laurie, and I, visited the Portland Head Light while traveling in Maine. I never heard this wording before, since I call them light houses. This one has supplied light in the harbor for over 200 years old, and the structure was built in the end of the eighteenth century.
The lighthouse was originally built at fifty feet tall. Later, it was added to, and reached 80 feet in height.
The completion of the lighthouse occurred in 1791. This happened after George Washington, in 1790, authorized $1500.00 to have it completed. Earlier funding of $750.00 wasn’t enough to built the lighthouse.
The building around the lighthouse was completed in 1891.
Rocky outcrops jut out into the bay creating some beautiful contrasts, and photo opportunity. Gull would land to rest on these rocks. We saw some dolphins in the water, but I failed to be fast enough for any photos.
The pre-dawn moments were already alive with wildlife movements. Gulls were flying about. I saw a loon. Crows were cawing. I saw several Great Blue Herons as the seconds towards sunrise moved quickly. The beach, at low tide, had much seaweed, and rock weeds. These plants were of a yellow color, and extremely slippery to tread on. various mussels, and snail shells covered the beach. I gathered a few to give as gifts.
I saw movement at my feet, and was surprised to see some unknown specie of crab. I played around with the little guy for a time. However, I stayed clear of anything that might pinch!
I just walked about the beach taking photos as I walked along. As you have seen, I included some of the shots here to see the movement over a ten minute, or so, time frame.
Many years ago I learned of the Indian tribe known as the Penobscot Indians. Members of this tribe still live in Maine. They are supplying time at Acadia National Park repairing a native wigwam for educational purposes.
Laurie, and I, visited the community of Camden Harbor during our eastern excursion. This harbor is part of the big picture of Penobscot Bay. While walking along I couldn’t help thinking of the movie, “The Birds.” Remember that movie was filmed along a coastal area. Since, Laurie isn’t a big shopper for the most part we sat on a bench and talked with a few local veterans. We spent about forty minutes talking about politics, and girl watching! (The older fellows, not me!)
Camden looks the part as a fishing community. Lobster places are everywhere. Shipbuilding played a big part to the community in years past, as well as, the lobster industry.
The Penobscot Bay is the result from the Penobscot River draining into the harbor. Of course, the Atlantic Ocean plays a much bigger part in supplying the water. (That’s a joke, in case, you didn’t get it!)
We traveled uphill to Mount Battie of the Camden Hill’s State park. At this site we could look forever into the distance. The bay meanders all around including Camden. From this height we could see a part of the Camden Harbor including the community buildings. What a view! This panoramic view was a thrill to witness.
The one thing Laurie, and I, witnessed was the wealth of this area, and the many other communities. We saw the President George Bush (41)estate near Kennebunk. Various celebrities own homes on, or about, Maine islands. Many wealthy people build, or purchase multi-million dollar summer homes here, too! (Note the homes are summer homes!) The homes are beautiful styles typical of the area.
We visited Kennebunkport, too. This is another area primarily for the tourists. Some of the very old homes have black stripes around the chimneys to designate the homes of Tories during revolutionary War times. The Tories were people sympathetic to England, and not those attempting towards independence.