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Day 11: Acadia National Park

Whoops, I guess I finally hit the wall! 😆 I was doing so great keeping this updated everyday, but then I was up until after midnight on Tuesday night and didn’t have it in me to post the next morning.

Picking up where I left off…

So Tuesday was our 3rd full day in Acadia.

Highlights!

* Started the day, as usual, with tea on the deck.

Up a little extra early and the sun was so pretty

The big plan for the morning was to drive to the Schoodic Peninsula.

Schoodic Peninsula

* It was about 1 hour 8 minutes up to the peninsula, driving. It’s still part of Acadia National Park, but a more remote/secluded area off the main area of Mount Desert Island.

* Drove through little town of Winter Harbor on the way, then entered the park again at the Schoodic entrance.

* The Schoodic Peninsula doesn’t have as many hiking trails (though it does have some). Our plan was mostly to drive the loop and stop at the various lookouts/stopping points and then have a picnic!

* First stop looked out at a calmer Bay Area.

Rocks and rocks, always climbing
Cheese. 🙂
Sweet pic of grandma and asher, despite squinting into the bright sun!

* Just up the way was a “secret” spot called Raven’s Nest. The trail is not marked from the main road at all… I learned this is because the National Park Service deemed it to be too dangerous to encourage visitors to stop!

Secret stopping point I found online… not published in any park info. “Raven’s Nest”

The rocks slant down at a steep angle and I imagine that it is extremely slippery when wet. It’s a LONG ways down into sharp rocks and waves below. My guess is that too many dumb people tried to climb out there and fell/got injured!

This was just beautiful!!!! Pics don’t do it justice. Looking down into the big notch in the rocks was so cool.
I told them they were strictly forbidden to go out on the rocks here!!

* From around the other side:

The boys goofing around
Warning signs out by cliffs.

* Next stop was a huge rocky beach area. It was low tide and interesting to see the seaweed and stuff that was washed up (normally all covered during high tide, I’m sure).

This whole part of the park (Schoodic Peninsula) is generally way less crowded with people (it’s farther away).

* Schoodic Point was the next stop. This did have a few more people milling around on the rocks. It’s the farthest southern point on the peninsula.

Views back toward Mount Desert Island
Perfect day

* There was a cove in the rocks where some bigger waves were crashing in sometimes. Ethan LOVED this spot. Stood and watched for a really, really long time.

“Wait, just one more…”, he kept saying.
I tried to catch the wave sprays. In general the sea was very calm this whole week, so not a ton of crashing waves. But a few!

* Asher wanted to play around with some photos in portrait mode.

He took mine:

And then I took his. 🙂

Cutie
Some cool tide pools

* Stopped by the Schoodic Institute, a research center/visitor center area. It was designed by an architect friend of Rockefeller’s many years ago.

* Checked out the exhibits

An exhibit on the Navy and Morse code! Fun for my ham radio operator dad (Morse code pro) to play around and teach Asher how to spell out his name in Morse code.

* Next up… LUNCH!! All the fresh air works up an appetite.

Drove down the loop until we found a cool picnic spot on some rocks.

Making sandwiches on the “table” …aka a big rock.
Can’t beat the view
Photo evidence of me taking one of these million pictures I have been sharing. 🙂

* post lunch- a little relaxation.

My dad enjoying the view

After lunch we finished the driving loop and then headed back to Mount Desert Island. We went straight to the Southwest Harbor area.

I had two shorter hikes on my list I really wanted to get in that afternoon.

Wonderland Trail

* After driving the 1 1/2 hours back over and down to the trailhead, we started the hike.

Started through the woods
Ended up by the ocean!

* The cool thing here were the big tide pools and large flat rocks. It was just really a beautiful spot.

Pretty empty in the afternoon, too. We felt very fortunate that for a “busy” park, we found tons of solitude on our hikes.

The boys found lots to look at.

Asher found a couple (dead) crabs…

* The tide started to come in. The boys were sliding on the rocks….

Surprised no one fell down, but at least no cliffs here.
Wonderland

I really loved this short hike and area. Definitely recommend this one. Easy and quick for people of all ages to enjoy. (Would be a good one for people with younger kids along.)

Ship Harbor Trail

* The next hike was just up the road. Ship Harbor Trail.

* This hike was cool because it had a ton of variety. Rocks, water, trees, ocean, a calm bay, and also a beautiful mossy landscape on the interior part.

Lots of places to stop and play.
Selfie
Great water views from much of the trail

* We spent a long time on this little rocky peninsula where the boys skipped MORE rocks. They just love to do this. It was also empty. Whole place to ourselves!

This was a fabulous trail!!!

So scenic. Also very classic “Acadia”.

* Mossy second half… vibrant green.

Peaceful

* It was evening by the time we finished our hikes, so we went back into Bar Harbor for dinner. Ivan wanted to try the Mexican restaurant in town.

Poor Ivan. He just never learns.

Mexican restaurants are just not (at least not in our experience) ever any good when they are located in places that have a practically nonexistent Mexican population.

My burrito bowl.

This was probably the least authentic Mexican food we have ever had. (I might bump it to second place, after the truly terrible Mexican food my sister and I once had in Ireland.)

This place wasn’t “bad”… I mean, the food was edible and everything. It just was not “good”, either. And most definitely not authentic. Or particularly flavorful.

Ivan was disappointed. 😂😆

I told him… stop expecting good Mexican food in places like this!!

I think he was the only actual Mexican I’ve seen in our entire week up here in Maine. Lol!! (definitely no Mexicans running this restaurant either.)

Another awesome day!!! The beauty of this park is astounding.

Daily gratitude: I am grateful for National parks! And for all the rangers, etc that keep them beautiful for us.

4 thoughts on “Day 11: Acadia National Park”

  1. Bummer about the Mexican food! Glad it wasn’t bad, but it’s too bad it missed the mark! But besides that it sounded like a perfect day. Some of your photos actually remind me of photos we’ve taken along the superior hiking trail along lake superior in Minnesota. There are some cool cliff areas along the lake that are gorgeous! We haven’t been up there since 2017 – we camped there when I was pregnant with Paul. Would love to go back when no one is in diapers – so in like 2.5-3 years! 😛 Unless we stay at a resort (will not camp w/ a kid in diapers). And then SOME DAY I want to go to Maine but that is a ways off for us as our boys need to be older and able to handle some hiking!

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    1. Yes! I also commented to my family that in some places it looked a lot like the shoreline in Upper Michigan (also Lake Superior!). I suppose it makes sense… not that far off, latitude-wise… (I think…seems kind of in line, anyway, without looking at a map!).

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  2. love all the pics! I’ll put it down as our to-visit list!
    so funny that Ivan was disappointed with the food. you are so right. how can you expect authentic food in a national park?

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  3. I laughed out loud about your experience with Mexican food in Ireland! Having been there a few times, I can only imagine how the food was lol

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