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Day 28: Exploring the Bar in Bar Harbor

Maine, RV destinationsNancy Powell4 Comments

One of the many things we have loved about our previous visits to Maine is our usual day trip to Bar Harbor, a beautiful coastal town that has much to offer.  In the past, we have come to see the boats, explored some of the natural wonders in nearby Acadia National Park, taken a whale-watching cruise, eaten delicious food, and shopped in the one-of-a-kind stores that line a few blocks near the water. There never seems to be enough time to hardly scratch the surface of all there is to do and see around here.

Having an RV this time meant we could stay in a campground very close to Bar Harbor for several days and experience many more things all in one visit.  After getting set up at camp, we took the Island Explorer, a free bus that operates all over Mt. Desert Island where Bar Harbor is located, into town.

Of course the first thing you have to do in Bar Harbor is come down to the waterfront and take in the scenery.  When we arrived, the gray overcast day was just giving way to the sun and we caught the transition as we looked out at the water.  While some rays of light were starting to shine through, the last of the fog was still burning off.

 

We realized that we were there shortly after low tide and that we would be able, for the first time, to walk out onto the bar that gives Bar Harbor its name.

What a fascinating experience to get to walk way out on what is normally the bottom of the sea!

Petunia and I are walking out at the beginning of the bar. Yes, this is normally covered in water high enough for ships to pass over. That land out there?  It's Bar Island. But a couple times a day, a little before and a little after low tide, you can walk (or drive your car) to the island.

Petunia and I are walking out at the beginning of the bar. Yes, this is normally covered in water high enough for ships to pass over. That land out there?  It's Bar Island. But a couple times a day, a little before and a little after low tide, you can walk (or drive your car) to the island.

Many interesting things await discovery out there!

Many interesting things await discovery out there!

When we went out, we were past low tide, so some water was starting to come back in. The little pools of water made the exploration even more exciting. We got to see a good bit of (very small) sea life in that water.

When we went out, we were past low tide, so some water was starting to come back in. The little pools of water made the exploration even more exciting. We got to see a good bit of (very small) sea life in that water.

All the while, higher water and large ships are not too far away.

All the while, higher water and large ships are not too far away.

The water comes back in so subtly, but so quickly, that you don't realize how fast it is rising.

The water comes back in so subtly, but so quickly, that you don't realize how fast it is rising.

We had a fabulous hour out there. If the water weren't coming back in rather quickly, we could have stayed longer.

We had a fabulous hour out there. If the water weren't coming back in rather quickly, we could have stayed longer.

By the time we got out on the bar, the weather was wonderful!

By the time we got out on the bar, the weather was wonderful!

This is what happens when the tide comes back in so unexpectedly fast.  Mark had a little dry path to walk out and look at some pools and two minutes later, his path was gone.  He had to balance on a rock and take off his shoes so they wouldn't get soaked.

This is what happens when the tide comes back in so unexpectedly fast.  Mark had a little dry path to walk out and look at some pools and two minutes later, his path was gone.  He had to balance on a rock and take off his shoes so they wouldn't get soaked.

Petunia, a lover and respecter of all life forms, got carried for a lot of the visit because she couldn't stand the thought of possibly stepping on a shell or clam and injuring it.  She made certain we stepped as carefully as possible, too. Love her heart!

Petunia, a lover and respecter of all life forms, got carried for a lot of the visit because she couldn't stand the thought of possibly stepping on a shell or clam and injuring it.  She made certain we stepped as carefully as possible, too. Love her heart!

We sure did work up an appetite and were thrilled to get back "on land" and go eat a delicious dinner, followed by the first of many trips to an ice cream shop during our visit.  What a great day and our Bar Harbor adventure was just barely under way!