In 1604, a French explorer
dropped anchor in Bar
Harbor.  By 1900, it had
become a playground for the
rich and famous - Think
Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, JP
Morgan, and more recently
Martha Stewart.  The small
town has about 5,000
permanent residents, but in
the summer, its population
explodes with tourists and
summer home residents.  The
highlight of our short time in
the town itself was ice cream
from a local shop.
Bar Harbor, Maine
We took a tour of the Acadia National Park,
one of the most visited in the U.S.  The
name "Acadia" refers to a blended Indian
and French population that is historically
significant throughout Northeast Canada
and New England.  The Acadian history is
complicated, but the Acadians were very
independent and refused to sign a loyalty
oath to the British after they took over
Canada from the French.  As a result, most
French-speaking Acadians left the region
and migrated to other, more welcoming
parts of the world.  A large segment of the
Acadians ended up on Louisiana around
New Orleans, where the "Acadian" name
morphed into "Cajun".
Mount Desert Island, the location of Bar Harbor, is the location of the highest "mountain" on the Northeast
coast (just over 1500 feet).  From the top of Cadillac mountain there are 360 degree photo shoot
opportunities, including the view of Bar Harbor above.  Here are some others
We went on to a
different part of the
park, the well known
Jordan Pond House,
where we had
traditional tea and
popovers.  The Jordan
Pond displayed some
magnificent fall colors.
Blueberries grow wild in the park;
the plants are red in color this
time of year
That's all; it was a great adventure which
could only have been improved by more
sunshine.

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