All of our summer plans basically revolved around our next stop – 4 weeks in Bar Harbor. We planned such a long stop here because our good friends Nancy & Betsy (RVaGoGo) are camp-hosting there all summer, and we wanted to spend a lot of time with them. So after leaving Camden, we had a short 90-minute drive up to Bar Harbor and the Narrows Too Campground. We were so excited to see our friends again, and also to have such an extended stay to explore the city and nearby Acadia National Park.
One of the best things about Acadia is that it is so dog friendly! Unlike most national parks, dogs are allowed on all of the trails in Acadia (except for a handful of them that involve climbing ladders up the sides of rocks.) Also, Acadia has an extensive system of old carriage roads which are perfect for walking dogs or riding bikes. Our first trip into the park we walked the Long Pond Carriage Road. It was pretty rainy that day so I was too afraid to pull my camera out from under my rain coat for most of the walk. Thank goodness for iPhone cameras that take decent pictures!
The next day we did a hike to South Bubble. The hike was fairly short and easy, but there were a few places where you have to scramble up the rocks. The dogs did great – even little Shorty with his Corgi legs had no problem hopping right up when he needed to. At the top you get a nice view of Jordan Pond.
After the Bubbles hike we headed over to Jordan Pond and decided to walk some of the carriage roads that go around the pond. As we walked past Jordan Pond, I took the following picture which actually has the North and South Bubbles in the distance. I didn’t even realize it at the time, but this is the most popular place where people take pictures of this particular pond. I’m definitely hoping to get back one day around sunset and get some better pics.
The carriage road system in Acadia is awesome. The roads are really wide and very well marked. They intertwine with each other in several places, so you can walk for as long or as little as you like. It’s definitely one of our favorite things about the park so far.
Another picturesque feature of the park is the 16 granite bridges that are placed wherever there is a ravine or road to be crossed. Each bridge was designed to fit harmoniously with its surroundings, and they are all beautiful in their own way.