A campus (and a school) designed to make you jealous that you didn’t go there.
Not surprisingly, the College of the Atlantic is a much nicer campus than the state university where I got my degrees, or the Ivy League college where I work.
Even their dumpsters are more hip than yours.
Sculpture, lawns, and formal gardens.
The 1895 Summer Cottage.
One of several book sculptures in one of the gardens.
Nautical stuff and Frenchman’s Bay.
The campus dock on Frenchman’s Bay.
The College of the Atlantic
Bar Harbor Maine
We did a double-take at the side of this building.
Oh! Free power!
Oh. Picture of free power.
Bar Harbor Maine
Where else would you put it?
Here on Mount Desert Island, people put things on top of roofs and such.
On top of the restaurant at Atlantic Brewing Company
On top of the Mount Desert Water Company
On top of a pole at the Bar Harbor waterfront
Around Mount Desert (pronounced like “dessert”) Island
It was almost too nice a day for Maine.
The Carriage Roads at Acadia are hilly, winding, perfectly-maintained dirt and gravel paths, closed to motor vehicles.
The signposts are works of art. (near Day Mountain)
Along the west side of Bubble Pond
At a Park Loop Road bridge just north of Bubble Pond
Lunch stop at the northeast edge of Eagle Lake. (Orange is so becoming!)
Marlin (politely) says he was happy that we did the extra four miles around Eagle Lake.
Especially on the very hilly western side.
Acadia National Park
Mount Desert Island, Maine
Catamarans are cat-tastic!
We didn’t see any whales (a bit too early in the season for the Gulf of Maine), but there were plenty of seals and puffins, and blue skies.
Our whale-watch boat: Friendship V
Lighthouse at Petit Matan Island
Ten seals on Mount Desert Rock, off the coast of Maine
The Lighthouse at Mount Desert Rock, off the coast of Maine
Mount Desert Island as seen from the Sea
from Bar Harbor, Maine
Even at town meeting
Because we have a popular-vote-losing president, who has shown himself to be a liar, a xenophobe, a bigot, and a spreader of fear and distrust, good people all over the country have decided to take the real greatness of America into their own hands. Like this sign announcing New England Town Meetings on Mount Desert Island in Maine.
TOGETHER WE ALL MAKE AMERICA GREAT.
TOWN MEETING: All are welcome here. All races. All religions. All ethnicities. All countries of origin. All sexual orientations. All gender identities. All abilities and disabilities. All languages. All ages. Together we ALL make America great.
Sign in a convenience store
Bar Harbor, Maine
Because they’re there?
Acadia Mountain and Saint Sauveur Mountain are two 600-700 hills along the west side of Somes Sound with a rocky-scamble loop trail.
Near the beginning of the trail up Acadia Mountain
View of Somes Sound along the trail up to Acadia Mountain
One of the cairns
Self-portrait along the trail to St Sauveur Mountain
The best sandwich ever. Lunch at the summit of St. Sauveur Mountain
Acadia National Park
Mount Desert Island, ME
Signs Seen on Vacation.
We played tourist in downtown Bar Harbor today.
No hunting, fishing, or trapping is allowed inside the Independent Cafe coffee shop!
Most lobsters actually do not enjoy hot tubs.
The pain of living among tourists.
Bar Harbor, ME
This is why I take US-1 instead of I-95.
Along US Route 1
 Bath Bicycle Shop, Bath Maine
 Maine Tourmaline, (Next to Perry’s Nuthouse), Belfast Maine
Cruising down Maine Route 218, I saw signs for the Wiscasset, Waterville, & Farmington Railway Museum.
Although the museum wasn’t officially open and the trains weren’t running, several remarkable volunteers (thanks, Steve and the other guys!) led me on a railroad geek-out tour, and taught me all sorts of interesting stuff about narrow-gauge (two feet between the rails) railroad systems.
The advantage of narrow-gauge systems was cost. Rails, right-of-way, maintenance, and equipment were all much more affordable, and could be more easily be implemented for smaller towns. Serendipitously, narrow-gauge railroads are also easier for organizations like the WW&FRM to maintain, rebuild, and re-create.
The annual Fall Work Weekend at a beautifully replicated stationmaster’s office.
Engine 9 – Admit it: you want this in your back yard.
Building a new narrow-gauge roundhouse (from the original plans).
Inside one of the passenger cars. Quite luxurious.
Narrow-gauge railroad wheels.
Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway Museum