We kicked off our seafood intake at the Red Barn, where the only way they serve vegetables is to fry them, BUT the seafood was amazing! Piper also discovered she loves haddock. I would also add that not eating here daily will also help you to live!
After arriving in Bar Harbor, we settled into Hadley Point Campground. We picked this location because it is on the Island Explorer Bus Route. The kids played Lyft on their bikes, creating duck tape wallets, fake money, and using walkie talkies and the campground maps to order rides. Then, we enjoyed time away from the internet and phone most of the time, due to lack of access.
We reacclimatized ourselves with Acadia National Park, and downtown Bar Harbor, making lists of must do’s. We visited when Brady was little, and loved the area. It’s a great combination of hiking, mountains, and water activities, topped with beautiful views, yummy restaurants and fun shops…many of the same reasons we love Jackson Hole.
Acadia National Park
Sand Beach is a beautiful beach in Acadia. Most Maine beaches are rocky, which leave lots of opportunities for climbing rocks. Sand Beach has…well, sand! The water is also super cold, “warming up” to the mid-fifties in the summer, so it’s important to hop in and out to avoid hypothermia
After an initial visit, we returned with bathing suits! (For the record, I didn’t have mine as I was planning to take a yoga class, but couldn’t find it. 😉)
Piper loved jumping the small waves, and Brady loved being buried in sand.
A really cool stop in the park is Thunder Hole. The water is pulled under the rocks, and when it is mid-tide, there is a large burst of sound and water. We visited again at high tide, but noticed there was less impact.
Jordan Pond is a beautiful body of water, where there is an old house and restaurant that serves popovers as its signature dish. Popovers and strawberry jam were the perfect treat after a long hike around the pond.
Wild Gardens of Acadia
There is a beautiful garden pathway and nature museum at Sieur de Monts, where we also took advantage of a Park Ranger program on bats.
We love our National Park Service and it’s Rangers, and try to visit programs whenever we can. A Ranger shared that nearly 90% of park employees are considered seasonal, meaning that they only have jobs and benefits during the time they are working, making affordable health insurance a challenge in the off-season. Coupled with a 60% budget cut this year, and large increase in park visitors across the nation, NPS staff is doing much more, with little investment.
The bat program was wonderful, although we learned sad news. White Nose Syndrome, a naturally occurring fungus originating in European caves, is slowly killing the bat population across the U.S.
Researchers need more time and investment to learn about treatment and prevention. Like bees, bats are critical to pollination and seed distribution, so without them, our food supply would be drastically different. We learned how to identify bats and measure their attributes.
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