The coast of Maine.


I’m scared of heights (any heights), but jumping around the Maine coastline does not bother me.

Bass Harbor, Maine | Acadia National Park
Marlin on the sand.
 

Little Sea Bird | Bass Harbor, Maine | Acadia National Park
A little sea bird.
 

Tidal Pool | Bass Harbor, Maine | Acadia National Park
Tidal pool.
 

Rocks on the Coast | Bass Harbor, Maine | Acadia National Park
Rocks. Lots of rocks.
 

Flock of Seagulls on the Rocks | Bass Harbor, Maine | Acadia National Park
A flock of seagulls.
 

Pine Trees, Granite, and the Sea | Bass Harbor, Maine | Acadia National Park
Pine Trees, Granite, and the Sea.
 

Acadia National Park
Bass Harbor
Maine

And it sure beats mini golf.


One of New England’s oldest microbreweries.

Beer-Tasting Bartender | Atlantic Brewing Company | Bar Harbor Maine
Our bartender at the beer-tasting.
 

Belt Sander Races poster | Atlantic Brewing Company | Bar Harbor Maine
Belt Sander Races (for charity). So sorry we can’t stay for this.
 

Atlantic Brewing Company
Bar Harbor, Maine

Wait… There’s an ocean here!


It was time to officially play tourist today, starting at Bar Harbor’s Oceanarium.

Lobster Hatchery | Oceanarium | Bar Harbor, ME
Lobster Hatchery | Oceanarium | Bar Harbor, ME.
 

Lobster Hatchery | Oceanarium | Bar Harbor, ME
Lobster Hatchery Tanks | Oceanarium | Bar Harbor, ME.
 

Starfish, Horseshoe Crab, Moon Snail | Oceanarium | Bar Harbor Maine
Starfish, Horseshoe Crab, Moon Snail | Oceanarium | Bar Harbor Maine.
 

Sea salt vs table salt | Oceanarium | Bar Harbor Maine
Sea salt vs table salt | Oceanarium | Bar Harbor Maine.
 

Oceanarium
Route 3
Bar Harbor, Maine

The Carriage Roads.


The Rockefellers designed them for horses, but they’re terrific for bicycles.

Acadia National Park - Carriage Road near Eagle Lake
Acadia National Park – Marlin by the Carriage Road near Eagle Lake
 

Acadia National Park - Carriage Road
Acadia National Park – Carriage Road.
 

Acadia National Park - View of Eagle Lake from the Carriage Road
Acadia National Park – View of Eagle Lake from the Carriage Road.
 

Acadia National Park
Mt Desert Island
Maine

Over on the west side


The trails to Bernard Mountain (1071 ft) don’t have many spectacular views, but it’s a good place to clear your mind and just go step-by-step into the woods.

The peak: Bernard Mtn | 1071 ft | Acadia National Park
The peak: Bernard Mtn | 1071 ft | Acadia National Park.
 

There are a few overlooks to let you know where you are.

Overlook from Bernard Mtn | 1071 ft | Acadia National Park
Overlook from Bernard Mtn | Acadia National Park.
 

We followed some pretty mellow trails up, but it was a scramble on the way down.

Scramble down Bernard Mtn | 1071 ft | Heading to Little Notch | Acadia National Park
Scramble down Bernard Mtn (heading to Little Notch).
 

Bernard Mtn Trail
Acadia National Park
Mt Desert Island
Maine

Worth the Second Look


Between Thomaston and Rockland, next to the Knox County Airport, is Maine’s best collection of bikes, motorcycles, wagons, cars, racers, and planes.

Bigfoot with Seven Toes | Owl's Head Transportation Museum | Owl's Head Maine
Bigfoot with Seven Toes.
 

Tricycle with Hefty Drive Chain | Owl's Head Transportation Museum | Owl's Head Maine
Tricycle with Hefty Drive Chain.
 

1887 Safety Bicycle with handlebar-mounted brake lever | Owl's Head Transportation Museum | Owl's Head Maine
1887 Safety Bicycle with handlebar-mounted brake lever.
 

1887 Safety Bicycle: handlebar-mounted brake | Owl's Head Transportation Museum | Owl's Head Maine
1887 Safety Bicycle: close-up of the brake.
 

Hood ornaments | Owl's Head Transportation Museum | Owl's Head Maine
Hood ornaments. My Honda Fit needs one of these.
 

Owl’s Head Transportation Museum
Owl’s Head, Maine

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.

Whale Jawbone.  College of the Atlantic.  Bar Harbor, Maine
Whale jawbone.
 

Dumpster Marine Graffiti.  College of the Atlantic.  Bar Harbor, Maine
Even their dumpsters are more hip than yours.
 

Sculpture, lawns, gardens.  College of the Atlantic.  Bar Harbor, Maine
Sculpture, lawns, and formal gardens.
 

1895 Summer Cottage.  College of the Atlantic.  Bar Harbor, Maine
The 1895 Summer Cottage.
 

Book Sculpture.  College of the Atlantic.  Bar Harbor, Maine
One of several book sculptures in one of the gardens.
 

Nautical Stuff with view of Frenchman's Bay.  College of the Atlantic.  Bar Harbor, Maine
Nautical stuff and Frenchman’s Bay.
 

The campus dock on Frenchman's Bay.  College of the Atlantic.  Bar Harbor, Maine
The campus dock on Frenchman’s Bay.
 

The College of the Atlantic
Bar Harbor Maine

Where else would you put it?


Here on Mount Desert Island, people put things on top of roofs and such.

Pig on top of Mainely Meats restaurant at Atlantic Brewing Company, Mount Desert Island, Maine
On top of the restaurant at Atlantic Brewing Company
 

The Blues Brothers on top of the Mount Desert Water Company, Mount Desert Island, Maine
On top of the Mount Desert Water Company
 

Lobster on top of a pole, waterfront, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, Maine
On top of a pole at the Bar Harbor waterfront
 

Around Mount Desert (pronounced like “dessert”) Island
Maine