Posts tagged: Bar Harbor

Aboard the Starfish Enterprise with Diver Ed

By , September 29, 2010 6:05 pm

One afternoon at Bar Harbor we took a boat cruise with Diver Ed Dive-In Theater Cruise aboard the Starfish Enterprise.  The mission of the Starfish Enterprise is to “boldly dive where no one has dived before”. We took the 3-hour Park Ranger Tour.

We checked in at the College of the Atlantic’s Dorr Museum, Diver Ed’s alma mater. The college is a small liberal arts college with less than 400 students with a heavy focus on human ecology. Across the museum was a skull of a finback whale. (We saw them in Campobello Island!) Finback Skull COA

Once we arrived at a spot in Frenchman Bay, Diver Ed suited up and went down. We saw what he saw via the flat screen TV aboard the Starfish Enterprise. What he found he’d put in his grab bag for show and tell. After the show and tell, the critters get released back into the sea. Yeah! 🙂

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 DriverEdScreenThe Park Ranger and Diver Ed and his  entire crew made our trip a real pleasure. It was fun and informative. 

In addition to lobsters, crabs, sun stars, sea urchins, whelks and other critters from the ocean floor that Diver Ed brought up, we also got to see harbor seal, bald eagle, porpoise and great big tunas chasing a school of heron. It was great!

 

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Sunrises and Sandbars – Bar Harbor, Maine

By , September 24, 2010 5:53 pm

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On Monday, we woke up around 4:30 am, made lots of coffee and headed up to Cadillac Mountain again.  This time it was to watch the sunrise.  Cadillac Mountain is the first point of the continental US where sunlight hits in the morning (sometimes).

It was cold and windy.  Dasy mostly stayed in the Jeep and took pictures of me taking pictures.  I don’t really blame her, it was pretty miserable. Confused smile Sunrise wasn’t spectacular, but we were glad we went and it was still nice.  The clouds didn’t cooperate, so we mostly just saw colors and clouds… the sun didn’t actually show up until around noon that day.

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Later that day, we headed to Bar Island.  The island is connected to Bar Harbor only at low tide.  When the tide goes out, a long gravel-covered sand bar appears, allowing people to walk over to the island.  Hopefully they have watches and are paying attention because there’s only a couple of hours before the bar gets covered again and you can’t get back!

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On the way over to the island, we noticed lots of seagulls dropping things from the sky.  They have figured out that they can pry off a mussel, fly up about 20 or 30 feet, drop it on the rocks, then swoop down for dinner.  It’s pretty amusing to watch and is quite interesting.  There’s lots of behaviors and patterns that develop eventually…  “Newbies” will drop stuff on sand and it’s dumb luck if they happen to hit a rock, more accomplished birds will fly over to rocky areas instead.  If a bird goes up too high (presumably hoping to get more of an impact to break a shell), other birds have time to swoop in and steal dinner before he can get back down.  Ravens also hang out hoping to steal some unlucky bounces. Winking smile

Oh, we also saw a seagull hunt down and wrangle a pretty decent sized crab.  We were both a bit shocked that the crab didn’t fare better. Confused smile

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We went to dinner with David and Brenda, then came back to see the tide progress…  Eventually the sand bar and the beach are completely underwater, but even after only a couple hours, you can see the dramatic difference the tide makes.  It’s a pretty interesting place!

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Cadillac and Cats in Maine

By , September 18, 2010 12:15 pm

Yesterday, we went into Bar Harbor for breakfast!  We heard that 2 Cats Cafe was highly rated, so we started there.  Dasy ordered some blueberry pancakes and I had a lobster omelet.  The pancakes were good, but the syrup was made of 100% awesome!  My omelet was a bit too buttery, which overpowered the lobster, but it was good start to the day.

IMG_4344Dave and Brenda had blueberry pancakes down the street at Jordan’s (which they said were awesome).  We met up with them afterwards and strolled around town for a bit.  We bought a couple of trinkets and some ice cream, but otherwise just enjoyed the sights.

In the evening, IMG_3498Dasy and I headed up to Cadillac Mountain to watch the sunset.  We’ll be going back for a sunrise in a day or two.  Cadillac Mountain is the first place in the morning that the sun hits in the United States.  The sunset we saw was excellent, but I didn’t bring a tripod, so I didn’t get many good pictures.  I’ll probably be heading back for that again before we leave.

Today we took the bicycles out to Acadia National Park and rode around on some of the carriage roads, but I’ll save that for the next post!

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