September 23 – Mount Desert Isle

This was our bonus day in Maine.  We started our exploring day a little earlier to seek out the areas of the island that we missed on the bus tour.  Our travels took us through Seal Harbor, Northeast Harbor, along Somes Sound, through Somesville, south to Southwest Harbor, Seawall, Bass Harbor, Bernard, West Tremont, Seal Cove and then back to Ellsworth.  All told, we drove 75 miles.

The day was overcast, a little humid, and an occasional cool breeze.  A delightful day to explore.  Piper joined us, and appeared to be in puppy heaven.

Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor had some lovely boats – fishing and pleasure boats.  We enjoyed walking along the harbor and taking in the sights.

We tried to see the lighthouse at Bass Harbor, but there were no parking sites available.  The quick trip through the parking lot didn’t give us much opportunity to see the light or the view.  We were aiming for a lobster pound for supper to try the legendary lobster rolls – and as we parked and walked up to the restaurant, they closed the establishment!  Apparently, they didn’t have enough staff to stay open for the evening.

We had a wonderful hike along the Ships Harbor trail – lots of climbs and descents, roots and rocks, and a lovely trail.  One of the stopping points included an area with tide pools – if you were willing to do some rock climbing – and I did!

Our last day in Maine for this trip – but this won’t be the last time we visit Maine.  It has been a fantastic experience.

Here is our day in pictures:

Lunch – Maine Red Snapper Hot Dogs/homemade chips/watermelon; and Supper – Lobster Rolls, fries, and blueberry pie with ice cream.

Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor.

The Seawall.

Hiking the Ship’s Harbor trail.

Tide pools.

Wonderful, wonderful day!

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