Fall Road Trip, Day 3: Acadia National Park

On Saturday we headed into downtown Bar Harbor for breakfast at Tamarind. It was a coffee shop/café/organic grocery, and both the coffee and the breakfast were good. Really good. I don’t know what it is, but the northern coffee shop/cafes seem to have a much better vibe, and better food, than most southern ones.

Time to hit Acadia National Park. We drove first up the Cadillac Mountain road, the peak of which offered sweeping views of all the islands dotting the coast to the east, and the mainland to the west.

Then we hit the main park road, which winds through the park for 28 miles. At “Sand Beach,” the one sandy area along the rocky coast, the water was insanely clear and blue, like in the tropics.

A mountain river cut straight through the beach to spill into the ocean:

The rest of the shoreline was rocky, like this part at Otter Cove:

We stopped at one area just to climb out on the rocks and watch the waves crash in.

We had just enough time to squeeze in a short 3-mile hike before dusk.

During the loop around Jordan Pond, part of which was traversed via rustic boardwalk,

we got a peek at some real wildlife activity.

Two beavers swam out of their dam and into the lake, while a third stayed home keeping an eye on the place.

Finally we tore ourselves away and continued around the lake. We drove back to the Inn as the sun continued to set over the harbors.

After stopping at the Inn to clean up, Ryan and I headed out to Fiddler’s Green restaurant, the highest rated restaurant in Southwest Harbor. Our interest was piqued by their advertized use of local and seasonal ingredients, used in unique ways. We were not disappointed. While we waited for our table, the bartender whipped up an interesting and tasty vodka cocktail with jalapeno, honey, cucumber, and kiwi.

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