Monday, July 15, 2013

Hike up the Bubbles and around Jordan Pond

Trenton, ME
Narrows Too RV Resort

The Bubbles are two mountains that over look Jordan Pond.  They show up in many photos taken from the grounds of Jordan Pond House.  That was on our radar today.

Jordan Pond with the Bubbles in the background
The Bubbles overlooking Jordan Pond

I joined Nancy, Bill, Tricia and Dan for a hike up North Bubble to the summit, through the crevice (cleavage) and up South Bubble then around Jordan Pond.  We get early starts so the crowds aren’t so bad.  It’s another beautiful day!

Hiking Acadia  View from atop North Bubble... Bill, Tricia, Dan and Nancy
Starting up the trail                    View from atop North Bubble

Tricia at North Bubble summit  Dan soaking it up 
Tricia at North Bubble Summit            Dan soaking it up

We all started our decent but a certain section got a little too steep for most of us.  Dan continued on that way but the rest of us back tracked and took a different route.

Going down  Too steep!
Going down                                          A little too steep!
Going back up
Going right back UP!

One of the great features on this hike is Balance Rock.  It looks like it’s barely hanging on to the side of the rock face.  Of course, everyone takes photos of folks pushing on it.  I am no exception.

Bill and Tricia at Ballance RockDan and Ballance RockBalance Rock
Bill and Tricia push            Dan leans              and the Rock remains

We make it down to the flatter trail around Jordan Pond.  It goes all the way around the lake and offers great views.  It may be flat but the footing is still pretty dicey in sections.

Neat footbridge on the trail around Jordan Pond  Jordan Pond from the base of the Bubbles
Tricia on the trail around Jordan Pond
Hiking around Jordan Pond

As we headed back to the Tahoe in the parking lot, we stopped to admire a curious onlooker.  She was actually waiting for us to go so that she could cross the trail to reach her destination.  Enjoyed her big brown eyes and it was a befitting wrap up for this varied hike.

Curious deer

Thanks for dropping by and enjoy each day of your life’s journey by finding beauty in the ordinary.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Bike Ride and Connors Nubble

Trenton, ME
Narrows Too RV Resort

Another great day awaits us so I join Nancy, Bill, Tricia and Dan for a bike ride on the Carriage Trails that includes a stop to hike up Connors Nubble to pick a few Maine blueberries.  They are so good!

Jordan Pond with the Bubbles in the background  Rock slide area along a Carriage Trail

Connors Nubble isn’t as high as many other peaks here but the views are still stunning.  I love the views overlooking Eagle Lake.

Connors Nubble in Acadia  Blueberries on top of Connors Nubble at Acadia
Connors Nubble                                  Overlooking Eagle Lake

I know that I have mixed up my days, hikes and bikes but I do know how much I love this place.  One bike day, Tricia, Nancy and I take a break while Bill and Dan ride all the way up to Day Mountain summit.  As we sat on the coping stones that edge the trails, a couple of the Carriage Tour wagons come by.  These are some beautiful draft horses that are well cared for.

Carriage tour on the carriage roads  Carriage tour group
Carriage tour  Carriage tour

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Group Bike Ride

Trenton, ME
Narrows Too RV Resort

(The next several posts will be based on my general recollections 
so there won’t be any details.  It’s actually August 21 as I type this.)

After enjoying an active day of hiking, we all decided to pile in to Bill and Nancy’s Tahoe and ride over to Schoodic Peninsula for the day.  It was dreary and overcast but the beauty there still shown through.

Schoodic Peninsula ride on a cloudy day  Lighthouse at Acadia NP

Lobster boat  Family checking lobster pots

We all went on a bike ride on the Carriage Trails in Acadia.  Bill and Nancy put Pam’s bike in the back of their Tahoe along with theirs.  They then put Tricia and Dan’s bike rack on the hitch.  Tricia and Dan rode with us and Pam.  We all made it to the Visitor’s Center parking lot just fine.  The toughest part of the bike ride was the first half mile because it was so steep.  We all had to push our bikes a bit to get to a more level trail.

Riding the Carriage Trails of Acadia NP  Pam, Gin and Syl on the Carriage Trail in Acadia
Pedal Power!                                     Pam, Gin and Syl taking a break

These Carriage Trails are a great way to see Acadia.  Rockefeller worked closely with the construction crew with the design and engineering of the roads and the 17 bridges throughout the park.  He wanted to keep cars away from this beautiful land as much as possible.  We took a break at one of those bridges and admired the work first hand.

Pam and Gin on a Carriage Trail Bridge  Carriage Trail bridge over a stream

After the bike ride, we rode to the Loop Road and found a place along the rocks overlooking the ocean to enjoy a picnic lunch.  The views are absolutely stunning!  The photos do not do it justice!

Gin, Tricia and Pam  Gin and Tricia eating lunch
Nancy relaxing  Syl and Gin at Acadia
Stunning Views!

Rock climbers  Thunder Hole at Acadia NP

Thanks for dropping by and enjoy each day of your life’s journey by finding beauty in the ordinary.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Fire Tower Hike

Trenton, ME
Narrows Too RV Resort

Acadia has some world class hiking trails.  Since it’s on a mountain, us flat-landers were in for a challenge.  What is considered moderate here would certainly be strenuous in my book!  I joined Nancy, Bill, Tricia and Dan.  Nancy had a couple of trails picked out but we ad libbed a bit.  I don’t remember where we parked or the name of the trail, but I do remember seeing a fire tower in the distance.  That was our goal (Beech Mountain).  Check it out.
Fire Tower in Acadia  Made it to the Fire Tower!
Fire tower at the top                               We made it!

As we hiked, we found that Dan (Billy Goat) made a good trailblazer with Bill next in line.  Tricia and I would switch about often while Nancy the photographer would pull up the rear.  It worked well for us.

The views from the first rocky top really took my breath away.  Not only do words not do it justice, but pictures don’t come that close either!  I’ll just let the pictures try though.  (Click pic to enlarge)

Rock steps on the trail   Interesting rock
Rocky steps                             Interesting rock
Hiking scenery in Acadia NP  Hiking scenery at Acadia NP
Beautiful trees everywhere!
Keeping on the trail  Consulting the map
Keep checking the map
Chief Hightower (Dan) pointing out something  IMG_1706
Breathtaking views!!
Hiking in Acadia NP  More beauty!
More breathtaking views!!
IMG_1711  Bill won't get any closer to the edge
Piece of cake Tricia                             Bill’s close to the edge
View from the Fire Tower  View from the Fire Tower
Views from the fire tower

Thanks for dropping by and enjoy each day of your life’s journey by finding beauty in the ordinary!

Beautiful views on the hike