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July 1 - September 30, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

After living more than 30 years on Mount Desert Island, we thought we had seen everything the tourist industry had to offer, but that was not so! Yesterday afternoon we spotted a highly unusual tour bus of a type we had never seen before. It was a combination tour bus and rolling hotel known as a "rotel". After discharging passengers at the Village Green, the bus moved to the RV parking spaces by the ballfield. We followed to check it out.

The "rotel" had Alaska plates, but was operated by a German tour company called Rotel Tours. Basically it was a modified Mercedes Benz 0404 coach with 24 passenger seats in the front and 26 3 ft. X 6 ft. sleeper berths in the rear (the 2 extra berths are for the driver and the tour guide). There was a toilet and a basic camp kitchen, but no bath or shower facility. Apparently this type of bus was designed to operate in remote areas of Europe, Africa and Asia where traditional hotels are frequently not available. It provides an opportunity to conduct adventure tours in places that might otherwise be very uncomfortable or perhaps even impossible.

Now - we can't help but wonder how all this applies to the "wilds" of Bar Harbor!
But the big, red "Rotel" was fun to see, nonetheless!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Another beautiful fall sunset Thursday evening.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A small flock of Greater Yellowleg Pipers feeding in the shallows of Pretty Marsh Inner Harbor
at low tide on Monday afternoon.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Bog Cotton blooming in a hidden marsh yesterday afternoon.

Fog and a few showers this morning should give way to mostly sunny skies this afternoon and through the remainder of the week - just in time for the annual Acadia Night Sky Festival next weekend. Many interesting and free events are planned to celebrate our beautiful, dark night sky. For a complete schedule,
click the events listing on our Happenings page.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The classic cruise ship "Queen Mary 2" at anchor in Frenchman Bay on Thursday.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Interesting sailing yachts moored in Northeast Harbor on Tuesday.

The huge cruise ship "Queen Mary 2" is in Bar Harbor today on the first of two visits scheduled for this season. If you haven't seen her before, you might want to brave the crowds and pop over to have a look!
Your next chance will be on October 19!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Early autumn at the Somesville Museum and Gardens.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The cruise ship "Seabourn Quest" made her maiden visit to Bar Harbor on Wednesday,
and she's already back in Bar Harbor today!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The "Harvest" Supermoon early yesterday morning.

Believe it or not, Monday's full moon was the fifth (and final) Supermoon for 2014. Supermoon is a visual phenomenon that occurs when the moon is full and also at it's closest point to the Earth, making it appear much larger and brighter than usual. This year, in addition to two in January, we have had three Supermoons in a row. The first was in mid-July, the second in mid-August, and the third one on Monday evening/Tuesday morning.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Marsh grasses are slowly filling in and taking over "The Tarn" at the foot of Dorr Mountain!

After the passage of a cold front Saturday evening, our heat and high humidity of last week has moved offshore. Now the days feel much more like early September! And the big cruise ships are starting to arrive in Bar Harbor with "Grandeur of the Seas" in port yesterday. Expect Bar Harbor sidewalks to be very crowded from now until the end of October as cruise ship passengers and crew members flood the village almost every day.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The ferry "Fish Hawk" is one of several classic vessels owned by Downeast Windjammer Cruises and operating between the Bar Harbor Inn pier and Winter Harbor (Schoodic) during the season. If you are looking for something fun to do, particularly at this time of year, you can take a one hour boat ride across Frenchman Bay, spend several hours exploring Winter Harbor and the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park by foot and/or bicycle, and return to Bar Harbor in the late afternoon. The free shuttle bus "Island Explorer" meets the ferry at Winter Harbor during the summer
and runs until September 14 this year.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

You wouldn't notice it by just driving down Cottage Street this morning, but there was a serious fire at the Portside Grill restaurant in Bar Harbor on Tuesday evening. Thanks to the professionalism and quick work of the Bar Harbor Fire Department and several other area fire departments, the blaze was contained to just that one building, despite the close proximity of many other vulnerable structures. The Portside Grill was a total loss and may have to be demolished.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

High surf at Otter Point last Thursday.

Welcome to September and the start of what usually is our best six weeks of the entire year! Locals know that early fall - the period from Labor Day until about October 15 - is the perfect time to enjoy warm days, cool nights, and gradually developing fall color. It is also the time of year when the biggest cruise ships arrive in Bar Harbor. And don't forget - island schools opened today, so drive carefully! But be sure to get out and enjoy this beautiful season!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Labor Day weekend sunset. Fall is in the air and in the sky!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The classic motor yacht "Twilight" was at the pier in Bar Harbor a few days ago.

Monday, August 25, 2014

If you were a bird, would you eat this??

Even creepy crawlers can be beautiful, although they probably are not too tasty.
Look around - but put your fork away!

Friday, August 22, 2014

The 4-masted schooner "Margaret Todd" disappears behind Bald Porcupine Island.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August sunrise over Long Pond.

Monday, August 18, 2014

There was lots of activity last week at Pond's End on Long Pond.

The past two weeks have been extremely busy and crowded on MDI, but things should settle down a bit starting this week as families head home to get ready for the start of school. Labor Day is just two weeks from today!
Yikes! Where did the summer go???

Friday, August 15, 2014

Bald Porcupine Island from Compass Harbor earlier this week.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summer is the time for babies in the natural world, and there are plenty of babies to be found around Maine and Mount Desert Island right now if you know where to look! The mother of these two little fawns hopes they are well hidden by the heavy brush, but sharp eyes can still see them! And they must learn early that potential predators do have sharp eyes - so constant vigilance was required yesterday afternoon!

Monday, August 11, 2014

This loon was spotted feeding two chicks around 7:00 Saturday morning on Long Pond. He/she repeatedly dove for tasty morsels while the babies remained on the surface anxiously awaiting breakfast! These chicks were probably around 3 - 4 weeks old, and it will be another four weeks before they learn to dive for their own food.
Their nest was nearby along the shore.

If you have been out and about during the past week, it should come as no surprise when we say that the island is extremely crowded right now! We are currently in perhaps the busiest two weeks of the entire year! If you plan to visit popular spots in Acadia, try to do so before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.; and when driving, be patient, drive slowly, and expect the unexpected. Watch out for bikers, pedestrians, and children!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Early morning fog on Long Pond earlier this week.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A calm morning in Bar Harbor today.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Hadlock Falls.

It's hard to believe, but here we are in August already, as the summer continues its headlong charge toward Labor Day! Our crowds of visitors are probably at their peak right now, but you can avoid much of the congestion by scheduling your activities before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. Whatever you do, make time to enjoy our beautiful island in summer, because it will be over before you know it!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Many of us hope every summer day will be sunny and warm, but a little rain now and then can be unexpectedly welcome! In addition to bringing necessary moisture to your garden, rain can also produce some very pretty scenes if you know where to look! On Mount Desert Island "hidden" places like the one shown above are everywhere.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

This Purple Fringed Orchis, a member of the orchid family, is presently blooming in the drainage ditch beside a carriage road near Brown Mountain. Keep your eyes open when you are out and about! You never know what rare and beautiful sight might be found in a most unlikely spot - even just beneath your feet!

Monday, July 21, 2014

A relatively rare and somewhat reclusive Pyrola in full bloom last weekend.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Along the Carriage Road near Brown Mountain.

After our recent heat, rain and high humidity, the air this morning feels delightful! We have a great stretch of perfect summer weather coming up with lots of sun, temperatures in the high 70's, and comfotable dew points. All this should last well into next week, so get outside and enjoy it!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This pretty yawl rides on a mooring just off the Bar Harbor Inn pier.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Wild turkeys have made quite a comeback in Maine and also on Mount Desert Island!
This one was strolling in Pretty Marsh over the past weekend!

Our perfect summer weather appears to be coming to an end - at least temporarily.
The forecast indicates clouds and showers until Friday!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The 4 masted schooner "Margaret Todd" prepares to leave for an early afternoon sail.

Monday, July 7, 2014

After Arthur.

Hurricane Arthur passed through the Gulf of Maine as a tropical storm on Saturday bringing high winds and heavy rain. There were widespread power outages throughout the downeast area. At one point our utility, Emera, reported 20,000 customers without electricity, mostly due to fallen trees. Life and the weather returned to normal on Sunday.

The photo above shows an example of the unusual cloud formations that often accompany strong storms! This one was taken around sunset on Saturday as Arthur was pulling away to the northeast.

Friday, July 4, 2014


Cherish our freedom, Celebrate our values, and
Resolve to make our democratic system of government work for the benefit of all, not just the privileged few!

Corporations are not people, and money is not speech!

Our nation's future rests in the hands of informed, participating voters!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sunset and the new "Thunder Moon" last night.

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