MOUNT DESERT ISLAND CURRENTS
July 1 - September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
View from Cadillac Mountain of two cruise ships anchored at Bar Harbor a few days ago.
With Bar Harbor's cruise ship season at its peak right now, the scene above is quite common. There are
anywhere from one to three ships in port almost every day, and that will continue until the end of October.
New England and Canada fall foliage cruises have become extremely popular in recent years, and all major cruise lines
have been quick to get in on the action. Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park is a must-see stop for most of them.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Fall is one of the best times to take a walk or bike ride on the beautiful Acadia National Park
carriage roads. You have 45 miles open for bicycles and 55 miles for walkers over some of the most scenic
areas on Mount Desert Island. Our foliage is just starting to change, so the woods will become increasingly
more colorful over the next two weeks.
Friday, September 24, 2010
View northeast from Beech Cliff last Sunday.
While our summer was unusually sunny and warm, September so far has seemed a bit cooler and more cloudy
than we have come to expect over the years. Hurricane Earl apparently produced a significant change in
our weather pattern after its passage earlier in the month. More clouds and showers
are around today, but sun should return for the weekend!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Early morning view to the south from Cadillac Mountain.
Today is the last full day of summer - and what a beautiful summer it has been! Fall officially begins at 11:09 p.m. tonight.
The weather continues to be nice today and tomorrow, with
perhaps a few showers around late Friday and early Saturday. The leaves really have not started to change color
yet, except for a few red maples in wet areas, but things should pick up noticeably in the foliage department
within the next week or so.
Monday, September 20, 2010
With well over 100 cruise ship visits in a single season, we see quite a wide variety of vessels ranging from coastal cruisers to smaller luxury liners to gigantic (and often boxy-looking) floating hotels. However, some of these ships are interesting for more than just their size. Several distinguish themselves with elaborate, and sometimes whimsical, hull decorations. Such is the case with "AIDAluna", a large German-owned cruise ship that spent the day in Bar Harbor on Saturday. As you might guess, ADIA Cruises gears its hip appeal to younger, primarily German-speaking passengers.
There is a HIGH SURF ADVISORY in effect today due to the passage of Hurricane Igor well offshore. Stay
away from rocks and ledges near the ocean for the next 24 hours. Storm waves can be extremely dangerous!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Among the more popular places on MDI from early summer through fall is the Beech Hill Farm farmstand. Operated by students at College of the Atlantic, Beech Hill Farm grows a wide variety of organic vegetables, and their farmstand sells whatever is in season, along with Maine jams and jellies, homemade breads, cut flowers and other interesting items. They also provide veggies to the college dining commons. If you don't already go there on a regular basis, you really should stop by and check it out!
After last night's rain, the weather pattern appears to be changing once again - this time
back to our more normal late summer/early fall conditions with sunny, mild days and cool nights! Enjoy!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Among the many large ships visiting Bar Harbor each summer are several smaller coastal cruisers like
"Independence" shown in the photo above. These ships carry about 100 passengers and have a shallow draft
which enables them to tie up at local piers. They generally travel in relatively protected waters close inshore
or up rivers, and move from harbor to harbor mostly during daylight hours. Cruises on these ships are very popular
among those who want to see ports that may be inaccessable to larger ocean-going passenger vessels.
Monday, September 13, 2010
If you have been driving in and out of Bar Harbor this summer, you undoubtedly have seen "the Cat", our former high speed Canadian ferry, sitting idle at her dock on Eden Street. The future of ferry service to Canada remains uncertain, but we hope there will be much more activity at that terminal next season!
The weather pattern has definitely changed with more clouds and cooler
temperatures around for most of this week.
Friday, September 10, 2010
After last week's record heat, this morning feels like a touch of early fall!
Don't forget the Acadia Night Sky Festival - for a list of events
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Schools started here on MDI yesterday, so the popular swimming hole at Pond's End on Long Pond is a
lot less crowded than it has been in recent weeks! There will still be some warm weekends coming up,
The second annual Acadia Night Sky Festival begins tomorrow and runs through Monday. For full details
and a list of events, see our Happenings page.
Monday, September 6, 2010 - 5:00 p.m.
"Queen Mary 2" at anchor in Bar Harbor this afternoon.
Monday, September 6, 2010 - 7:30 a.m.
Happy Labor Day!
Hurricane Earl mostly was a dud on Saturday morning as it passed by about 100 miles offshore. We had some moderately heavy rain, and the air felt very tropical, but there was hardly any wind! Many of the extensive advance preparations turned out to be unnecessary, but we guess one has to be somewhat philosophical about that and say "better safe than sorry".
There was a little bump in the road for some cruise ships as the "Maasdam" canceled on Friday, but yesterday morning she was back along with the much larger "Explorer of the Seas" (photo above). And any tourists who may have stayed away on Saturday were back in full force yesterday as well.
Today is the first visit this year by the huge and very impressive "Queen Mary 2". If you can handle the
expected crowds, take a drive over to Bar Harbor and check it out! She'll be back one more time at the
end of October.
Friday, September 3, 2010 - 7:30 a.m.
The track of Hurricane Earl has shifted slightly to the east. That means we will get some rain and tropical force winds, but nothing too severe - at least that's the way it looks right now. Hurricanes are notoriously unpredictable, however, so continue to keep a close eye on it!
If you plan to go watch the high surf, REMEMBER TO STAY WELL AWAY FROM THE ROCKY SHORELINE! High waves
can come in suddenly and unexpectedly, sweeping you off into the sea! Observe all warning signs and listen to Acadia National
Park personnel - they are there to keep you safe!
Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 10:30 a.m.
The national weather service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch and a Hurricane potential for the coast of
downeast Maine including Mount Desert Island. Earl is expected to pass close offshore on Friday night into
the day on Saturday. All residents should make preparations for high winds and possible heavy rainfall. Check
our Weather page for updated information. To see the latest forecast for Earl's
track, click here, then click on the graphic for Hurricane Earl.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Round Pond at sunrise on a late summer morning.
Welcome to September! It's hard to believe that summer is almost over, but it seems to happen that way every year!
This week everyone's thoughts turn to the Blue Hill Fair which opens tomorrow and runs through Monday evening. While
not on Mount Desert Island, the fair is always a favorite among locals. Hopefully, Hurricane Earl won't disrupt things
too much. You can keep a weather eye on it by clicking here.
Monday, August 30, 2010
As predicted, summer is back - with a vengance! Temperatures yesterday reached the mid-80's, which is
pretty unusual for here on the immediate coast. And more of the same is coming almost
every day this week!
With Labor Day not until next Monday, we effectively get an extra week of summer this year! Enjoy it - and stay cool!
Friday, August 27, 2010
It looks like the rain is now behind us and summer is set to return with beautiful
weather ahead right through the middle of next week! Keep in mind, however, that Hurricane Danielle
will be passing several hundred miles offshore by late in the weekend or Monday. That means the surf
is likely to be dangerously high along exposed parts of our island - especially the Ocean Drive area and
Schoodic Point. Just one year ago a similar situation lead to a tragic fatality and several other nearly
fatal incidents. Be careful and respect the power of the ocean!
There is still plenty of activity on our Happenings calendar. In
addition to many upcoming cruise ship visits, there is a fine crafts show at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel. Don't
get caught just sitting around on the last weekend before Labor Day!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Carnivorous sundew plants in a secluded bog on the western side of Acadia National Park.
They look good enough to eat...but they might want to eat you - especially if you are a delectable insect!
Monday, August 23, 2010
After what seems like months of warm, sunny weather, the pattern appears to be changing a little. Our forecast for the next few days indicates that clouds and a few showers will be around until Friday.
Since Labor Day comes late this year, we still have two weeks of summer left before everyone is back to work
and to school! Try to make the most of them!
Friday, August 20, 2010
"Hey, where'd everybody go? Wait for me! Wait for me!"
This little bullfrog may be feeling a bit lonely, but he lives in a very remote and secluded part of Mount Desert Island. The humans on the island are not yet wondering where everybody went, because everybody is still here! This has been the busiest and most crowded summer in recent memory, and it just keeps on going on! That's great for local businesses, but it makes things tough for locals who find major congestion anywhere they try to go!
Speaking of congestion, you may have noticed that there has been a significant increase in the number of
cruise ship visits each week recently. We are moving into the peak of the New England cruise season - September and
October - when one or two large ships will be in Bar Harbor almost everyday! You will definitely see
tour buses from these ships as you make your way around MDI, but if you want to see the ships themselves,
start by taking a look at our Happenings page. We have the complete schedule
of ships visiting about two weeeks in advance. Then you can make plans to run over to Bar Harbor and check out
the ones you especially want to see.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
You may have noticed that goldenrod is now in full bloom all around the island. That's a sure sign that our summer days are numbered and the seasons will be changing before long.
Just another reminder that the Bar Harbor Jazz Festival begins today with a concert by the Bill McHenry Trio
Monday, August 16, 2010
A sleepy-eyed red fox soaks up the sun on a cool mid-August Saturday morning.
There are a few showers around this morning, and they may last into the day tomorrow. Otherwise,
the week looks to be mostly sunny once again! We are now into the last half
of August, and the end of summer is just around the corner, so get out and enjoy this most spectacular
time of the year!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Early morning low tide at Bartlett's Landing.
It's shaping up to be another fine August weekend. Crowds are still heavy almost everywhere you go, but things should moderate in that department next week as visitors begin heading back home to get ready for the start of school.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The weather continues to be great around here as one might expect for
August! A strong thunderstorm last evening left the air cool and dry with bright sunshine this morning!
Monday, August 9, 2010
We are at the very peak of our tourist season right now, and that is clearly evidenced by the massive crowds almost everywhere you go around the island! So, many people are looking for something fun to do that is also both educational and a little different. If that describes you, then you might want to participate in one of the public tours offered by the MDI Biological Lab each Monday and Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. through August.
Mount Desert Island Biological Lab is a non-profit research institution in
Salisbury Cove that has been around for over 100 years. Scientists there study marine and non-marine organisms to discover
how their systems relate to human biology. In particular, there is current interest in organ regeneration, finding the root
causes of certain human diseases, and the process of aging. Their public tour is both informative and a
hands-on experience. Check it out! Kids will love the touch tank and acquarium. There are dogfish
sharks, skates, and many other sea creatures.
Friday, August 6, 2010
This massive Copper Beech tree is one of several on the campus of College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor.
After passage of a cold front last night we have a beautiful sunny and dry
weather pattern setting up for the next few days! Get out and enjoy it (along with several thousand of
your closest friends from around the country and the world)!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Except for a brief thunderstorm early this morning, our weather has been terrific recently, and that has brought out large crowds of summer visitors. The traffic around the island seems heavier than we have seen in recent years - so take a deep breath, drive slowly, and be patient when you are out and about - especially for the next two weeks!
Last night was the opening of Acadia Repertory Theatre's third production of the season - Noel Coward's
comedy "Fallen Angels". It runs until August 15. Also, the cruise ship season is beginning to crank up in earnest.
All this and more is on our Happenings page.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Here we are in August already - our busiest month of the year, and also our best and most reliable weather!
The photo above is of Egg Rock Lighthouse in the middle of Frenchman Bay. It was taken late last week,
and the haze is due to use of an 18X lens, since the light is well offshore. For about 100 years, Egg Rock had a
keeper in residence, but it has been automated since 1976. In the early days, this was a lonely and rugged
but beautiful place to live!
Friday, July 30, 2010
After passage of a cold front yesterday, we have another refreshing shot of cool, clear Canadian air this
Those of you who keep up with yacht racing may already know, but the 2010 International One Design World Cup races have been held all this week in the waters off Northeast Harbor. IODs are sleek and beautiful but temperamental greyhounds of small yacht racing. Many spectator boats have been out along the course each day to watch the competition that includes sailors from Europe, Canada, and Bermuda as well as the U.S. It all winds up this evening with a dinner and awards presentation at the Bar Harbor Club.
The MDI Fine Arts Craft Show will be held this weekend at the MDI High School gym. Also, this is the last weekend to catch
Acadia Repertory Theatre's production of Sinclair Lewis' "Main Street". Get all the details about
these and other upcoming events on our Happenings page.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Whether you are a local or a visitor "from away", a warm summer evening like last night is the perfect time to take
a stroll around Bar Harbor and
do some serious people watching. There are usually lots of folks in town, ice cream vendors have long lines,
shops stay open until 10 or 11 p.m., motorcycles seem to be everywhere, and sometimes there is an impromptu vintage
car parade! All that is just part of the summer scene in a major resort community! If you have never done
so, go over and check it out before the summer slips by.
Monday, July 26, 2010
According to both the calendar and the weather, we are in the midst of high summer! That means lots of events all over the
island and lots of visitors here to enjoy them. This morning, along with bright sunshine, we have a little touch
of CC (Canadian cool air) that reminds one of fall. Never fear though, the glorious month of August remains ahead!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
With all of our recent heat and humidity, this cow at the Smith Family farm on the Crooked Road has been keeping
busy chasing away the flies! We really can't complain about the weather though, and it looks like
conditions will remain mostly warm and sunny for at least the next few days except for a few showers and thunderstorms
overnight tonight. That will be good news for those who have
been anxiously awaiting the Mount Desert Garden Tour coming up this Saturday! It only happens once every two years
and it is not to be missed.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Mountains of MDI from Wonderland.
What a weekend! The weather was great, but the Presidential vacation seemed to dominate everything. He and his family left the island mid-morning yesterday. We hope that they had a wonderful time!
Now that we return to what passes for normal around here, you might want to check out
the Happenings calendar. Acadia Repertory Theatre starts its new production on Tuesday - Sinclair Lewis' "Main
Street". Also, the Bar Harbor Music Festival begins to wind down with several special performances.Take advantage of
these wonderful offerings while you can!
Friday, July 16, 2010
"Bring back those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer..." Especially this weekend with the President and his family in town and doing what tourists do! Recent information indicates that the First Family will be staying at the Bar Harbor Regency Hotel on Eden Street. Except for local traffic, Route 3 (Eden Street) will be closed from the Acadia Park Entrance into Bar Harbor starting with the Presdient's arrival today until their departure on Sunday. When coupled with probable visits to the most popular sights of Acadia, including Cadillac Mountain, there should be more than a few major traffic delays. So try to keep your cool!
The President and his family deserve the right to enjoy Acadia as we all do. It's too bad that necessary
security precautions require such extreme measures!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Fog and showers sometimes lead to beautiful endings. Such is the case with our sunsets over the past couple of evenings!
There continues to be lots of activity on the island as we proceed through the heart of summer. This
weekend promises to be exceptionally busy with President Obama and his family here. Mount Desert Island is
used to hosting prominent visitors, however, so most residents will take it all in stride.
Monday, July 12, 2010 2:30 p.m.
The Moorings restaurant on the shore in Manset (Southwest Harbor) is currently on fire.
Crews from Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert and Tremont are on the scene.
Monday, July 12, 2010
After weeks of warm, sunny and dry weather, we have seen some clouds and showers over the past couple of days. The rain has been much needed, however, and it has done little to alleviate the relatively humid conditions which are rather unusual for the downeast Maine coast.
The Bar Harbor Music Festival continues in full swing this week, so you may want to take advantage of some great concerts before it all ends later this month. Check the Happenings calendar for complete details.
If you are out and about next weekend, you might run into President Obama and his family. They will be here on the
island from Friday the 16th through Sunday the 18th on a private vacation visit and will be staying with friends. Watch out for those
Thursday, July 8, 2010
July sail in Frenchman Bay.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Bar Harbor's 4th of July parade.
After a sunny and warm (hot!) holiday weekend, everyone probably feels a little wrung out by now.
The Happenings calendar remains very full, however, so there is more than enough
to do during this busiest time of the year. Take a look, pick some of your favorite events, and enjoy
what is turning out to be a classic summer!
Sunday, July 4, 2010
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!
Friday, July 2, 2010
We have a beautiful and busy holiday weekend on tap! In addition to all sorts of family activities,
there are the many events surrounding Bar Harbor's Fourth of July celebration. Everything kicks off
tomorrow morning with the Rotary Club Blueberry Pancake Breakfast followed by the big parade at 10 a.m. There
should be more than 100 entries!
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