Bar Harbor, Maine – September 7, 2013

Debbie and Romo headed back to New York this morning.  Lorraine, Deb and I went to Bar Harbor and returned our rental bikes.  We then did the Ocean Trail hike in the Acadia National Park.  It was an easy trail that begins at Sand Beach and follows the eastern shore of Mount Desert Island to Otter Cliff and Otter Point.  We also hiked past Thunder Hole.  Apparently if the waves and tide are right you hear a noise like thunder when the water rushes into a submerged cave.  The sea was pretty calm and we didn’t hear any “thunder”.  It was a very scenic hike……..lots of beautiful cliffs against the ocean.  After finishing our hike, we drove back to Bar Harbor, had lunch (lobster wrap and lobster pot pie) and did some shopping.  We had ice cream at the Mount Desert Island Ice Cream shop.  It was featured in Food and Wine Magazine as one of the top 25 Ice Cream Parlors in America.  They had some unusual flavors……we tried a sea salt caramel, Thai chili coconut, and a honeydew melon cucumber mix.  I think it is the best ice cream I’ve ever sampled.  Late in the afternoon we walked from Bar Harbor to Bar Island.  This is only possible during low tide when a sand bar is exposed.  It was a great place to hunt for sea shells and interesting rocks.  Afterwards, we drove to the summit of Cadillac Mountain and got some photos as the sun was going down.  Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain on Mount Desert Island.  It’s the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard.  From October through March each year, it’s the first place to view a sunrise in the United States.  We decided we had to eat lobster one more time so we went back to the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound.  This time we picked out even bigger lobsters…….about 3 1/2 pounds each.  We talked with one of the men who worked there while we were waiting on our lobsters to cook.  He said the lobster fishermen each run about 800 lobster traps.  There are very specific rules as to what size they can keep.  The traps have “vents” in them to allow the juvenile lobsters to escape.  He said that’s helped increase the population of the lobster in the area.  Before the traps were required to have vents, the fishermen would just thrown the juveniles back into the ocean.  The harbor seals learned to follow the fishing boats and they would make easy meals of the ones they threw back.  He said there are now record numbers of lobster in the area and that the lobster fishing has never been better.  It is a year round business.  We took our cooked lobster back to the house to eat and had leftover blueberry pie and ice cream for desert.

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