Acadia National Park

Trip Start Apr 29, 2010
Trip End Nov 30, 2010

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Timberland RV Park

Flag of United States  , Maine
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

We drove on north towards the Acadia National Park. The drive was quite scenic with lots of small towns, mostly Colonial or Victorian architecture, lots of Antique shops, even more Lobster shacks and just lush green forests, farms and coastal scenery.

As we approached Bucksport, ME we drove across the impressive Penobscot Narrows Bridge that spans a part of Penobscot Bay.   The bridge is a new 'cable-stayed' type, 2,120 feet long, with its towers about 450 feet tall, one of which has an Observatory at the top (the tallest bridge observatory in the world and can be visited during the summer from the nearby Fort Knox Historic Site).  There's 135 feet of clearance below the bridge, which was opened in December 2006 replacing an old bridge that was built in 1931.  

We stayed at the Timberland Acres RV Park in Trenton, ME just a few miles north of the beginning of the Acadia National Park, which is totally different from most other National Parks that we've been to. There was no Entrance Gate with Park Rangers where they normally collect fees and hand out Park information, etc. We just drove down the road from our RV Park, crossed a bridge onto Mt. Desert Island which contains most of the Park.

First we drove down to the area of Southwest Harbor, where we stopped to buy some fish from a local fisherman's truck. Then some more exploring the area and also looking for a good bargain on lobster, which we finally found on the docks of a wholesaler. The lobsters that we had before at $3.99 per lb. were what they call 'chicks' or soft shell. The ones we bought from the wholesaler were older 'hard shells' and cost $6.95 per lb. however, they also had a lot more meat in them, so they were definitely worth the extra money. Needless to say, they normally cost a LOT MORE anywhere else in the country.

After that, we drove back up, then around the other side of the island to Jordan Pond. A friend had recommended eating there and that they have the very best popovers. Unfortunately, it was so crowded, we couldn't even find a parking space, so we continued on to Bar Harbor. We landed up eating at a small walk-up counter-type place that had GREAT clam chowder. Boy, what a difference from the expensive restaurant where we were so disappointed a few days before.

We walked a little bit around the harbor area and took photos of the harbor area, including the Bar Harbor Inn,   the gazebo and cannons in front of it, and of the Margaret Todd, a four masted sailing schooner that offers several 2-hour cruises for whale watching and/or sunset. 

We never did see the Park's Visitor Center, although, we finally did drive by it on the way home. Basically, most of the island just looked like a lot of other places with quaint villages and lots of tourists.                                                                                                                                                                         
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