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April 1 - June 30, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Wildflowers in bloom along the Cape Road.

It seems that we have gone from late winter to full summer almost overnight! And it has been hot - even right along the coast! Somehow it just feels wrong to complain, however, because we'll be back in the deep freeze soon enough!
Meanwhile, enjoy this short summer season!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Many of us heat our homes with wood, but if you live on one of the offshore islands, how do you replentish your woodpile each year? Well, here is one way - although the ride out might be a little nerve wracking if there is any wind! This logging truck was spotted leaving Northeast Harbor on Wednesday morning. It was headed for one of the Cranberry Islands and tested the capacity of both the "CAP'N B" and her barge!

This week has seemed much more like summer, despite a bit of rain on Thursday. Sun should return today and last for a few days at least! And it's hard to believe, but the 4th of July is only one week away!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sunny, warm days since Sunday have brought MDI gardens to life!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Welcome to Summer!
(Somebody please tell Mother Nature.)

Today marks the Summer Solstice (at 6:51 a.m. EDT). It's the first day of summer and the longest day of the year in our northern hemisphere. We have gained over six hours of daylight since December 21, but as much as we hate to say it, the days will now begin to get shorter again. So get out and enjoy our early mornings and late evenings!
Take advantage of this great time of the year!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Beach roses are now blooming along the Cape Road and in many other locations around MDI.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Otter Cliffs and Ocean Drive on a sunny morning recently.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Ocean Drive on Wednesday morning.

Traffic is really starting to pick up all around the island as our sumer visitors are arriving in ever increasing numbers. Bar Harbor is getting very crowded, even on days when no cruise ship is in port! Drive slowly and be patient! Also remember - island schools are still in sesion and they will be until the 25th because of the need to make up lots of snow days from this past winter!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sunset yesterday evening after a mostly cloudy day.

Don't look now, but summer seems to have suddenly arrived! Over the past ywo or three days we have seen a mix of sun and clouds with warm temperatures which actually reached into the low 80's on Monday! More sun is
in the forecast for today, followed by rain showers for the remainder of the week.

On a less pleasant note, summer's sudden appearance brought hordes of mosquitoes and black flies! They are thickest in wooded areas near standing water, so you might want to reconsider plans to hike on trails at lower elevations or on the Carriage Roads. Try open mountain summits or shore paths instead! And cheer up - things should improve by the
end of June! Hopefully, we'll all still have some blood left then!

Monday, June 9, 2014

A reclusive pink Lady's Slipper in bloom on Sunday.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Seawall on an unsettled day with clouds building over the mountains of Acadia.

Monday, June 2, 2014

The cruise ship "Veendam" and the whale watch catamaran "Friendship V" in Bar Harbor yesterday
on a beautiful, early summer afternoon.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Red, Right, Returning.

An early season cruising sailor enters the Great Harbor of Mount Desert through Western Way,
carefully keeping the red channel buoy on his right.

Believe it or not, Sunday is the first of June! Everything looks and feels like summer except the weather! Cruise ships are in Bar Harbor every few days, shops and restaurants are all open, out-of-state license plates are seen on island roads, streets are getting crowded, and all checkout lanes are staffed at the grocery store! Now all we need is a little sun and some warmer temperatures! Maybe that will start this weekend?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The delicate colors of new ferns and Flowering Shad can be seen now in many areas around MDI.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

View over Upper Frenchman Bay early this morning.

Our wet and cool spring weather frustrates those of us who are anxiously awaiting some sun and warmer temperatures, but the trees and grass love it! That beautiful pale green tint is showing up everywhere in the woods, and you'll soon be needing your lawnmower if you haven't already.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Clouds and showers have been around for a few days and should continue most of this week!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Bar Harbor on a hazy afternoon as seen from the Park Loop Road near Duck Brook.

Don't be fooled by our warm and hazy day right now, because unsettled weather lies ahead. We should see a few showers through the middle of next week. However, we are now past the May full moon (it was the 14th), and temperatures will remain relatively mild, so you probably are safe to begin planting your long awaited garden! Just watch out for those pesky black flies!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The first Rhododendron bloom of this season appeared yesterday afternoon.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Dawn over Frenchman Bay this morning.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Sunset on Tuesday evening after some pop-up showers.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Woodland path along the shore of Long Pond.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Bloom of the Red Maple tree.

Achoo! Many trees have begun dispersing pollen into the air within the past few days, but few have a bloom as pretty and as delicate as the Red Maple. Red Maple trees (sometimes known as "Swamp Maples") are found all around the island, but their bloom will soon be displaced by leaves, so check them out now while the bloom is still there!

Shops and restaurants are all open now in Bar Harbor with our first cruise ship scheduled to visit on Monday. The weather looks pretty good for tomorrow, although showers may return on Sunday. The good news is that you probably can put your snow shovel away for a few days! "The season" has finally arrived!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Waterfall along Cadillac Mountain Road on Sunday.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Acadia National Park Hulls Cove Visitor Center.

Almost all Acadia National Park facilities are now open for the season. That includes the Hulls Cove Visitor Center, the Loop Road, and the Cadillac Mountain Road. Carriage roads are open only to foot traffic for the next few days, as the road surface is still too soft for bicycles. Other unpaved Park roads are scheduled to open by May 15. Fee collection stations near Sand Beach will open on May 1. The Island Explorer shuttle bus begins around the third week in June.

The Jordan Pond House and other concessions within the Park hopefully will be open by this coming weekend, and they will be under new management. There are a few new rules for tour buses on Cadillac Mountain to help reduce congestion, and the peak season $20 per vehicle Park entrance fee has been extended to the shoulder season as well. Hiking trails are open, but watch for wet spots and some ice at higher elevations. Peregrine falcons are back, so the Precipice and other cliff trails probably will close soon until nesting activity is over. Blackwoods Campground is open, and Seawall should open around Memorial Day.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Spring at Egg Rock Lighthouse in the middle of Frenchman Bay.

You know what they say - "April showers bring May flowers". Well, we certainly have seen plenty of April showers (some of them were even snow showers), and next Thursday is May 1, so...
Now where did we store those garden tools?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring sunset on Monday evening, a sign of showers ahead.

Spring is slowly and reluctantly looking like it finally might be here to stay. Of course, that means we can expect showers every few days, and showers are here this morning! Chin up though - it's better than more snow, and the sun should return tomorrow!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mountains of MDI from Sullivan.

Good Luck to all 36,000 runners in today's Boston Marathon! Boston Strong!

Tomorrow is Earth Day - a reminder that we each have a responsibility to care for our fragile island in space!
Think about what YOU can do!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

High surf at Schoodic yesterday.

An unexpected but briefly intense burst of sleet and snow yesterday morning caused very difficult driving conditions around 7 a.m. That was followed by strong gusty winds and rough seas for the remainder of the day! Just when we thought winter was finally over, Mother Nature found a way of reminding us she is still in charge!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Great Head, Acadia National Park.

Spring seems to have arrived - finally. The lower portion of the Acadia National Park Loop Road will open for the season tomorrow, along with the Park's Visitor Information Center in Hulls Cove. The Cadillac Mointain Road will remain closed for a few more days due to ice still lingering on parts of the roadway at higher elevations. As usual, all unpaved park roads will open later to give personnel time to clear any winter blowdowns and washouts.

Shop owners in Bar Harbor are also busy getting ready to open, and many local restaurants plan to open this week ahead of Easter weekend. It looks like "the season" is starting! Our first cruise ship will drop anchor in just three weeks!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Ready for spring in Northeast Harbor.

Just a few days ago we still had a bit of snow, even along the shoreline. After our recent rainstorm, most of the snow is finally gone and daytime temperatures have been gradually rising. The forecast suggests that we might see temperatures as high as the 60's over the upcoming weekend, and that would be the first time since last October!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bear Island Light.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Otter Cliffs

It's still colder than normal, and there is still some snow lying around, but the weather seems to have taken a turn for the better. Mostly sunny and daytime temperatures in the 40's is a big improvement! According to local meterologists, normal signs of spring are about two weeks behind where we should be in early April, but after this winter we'll take it!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sand Beach on Saturday.

Welcome to January! Er...well, actually we mean April, but you wouldn't know it by looking outside! Our mix of rain, sleet, freezing drizzle and snow since Sunday must be Mother Nature's idea of an April Fool's joke! Only a few hardy souls were on Sand Beach this weekend, but things should be substantially different there in a couple of months.
We can't wait!

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