Monday, June 29, 2015

Indian Point Trail, The Shore Trail and The Big Woods Trail, Blagden Nture Preserve Mount Desert Island, Maine

Indian Point


     Indian Point is located on the western side of the Island.  Blagden Nature Preserve is in the area.  It was a rainy day and I wanted a place near the campground to go and explore.  Indian Point is a peninsula with both private property and the Nature Preserve.  I thought I was hiking on the Indian Point trail.  As it turns out I think it was the Big Woods Trail.  This trail leads down from the parking area to the shore.  It descends through mature forest until it opens up onto a meadow.  Near the Meadow you reach the shore trail that takes you along the water.  Round trip it was a little over three miles and took about two hours.  The trail was covered with puddles and there were areas of short boardwalks to keep you out of the water and mud.  The rules allow you to walk a private road to the shore if you can not handle a rough walk.  The nature of the soil in the area causes roots to grow along the surface and the trail is a patchwork of roots.  The weather was bad and because of this the views were restricted.  I could see that the coast would be an amazing place to visit on a sunny day.

Shore line looking south.

Shore Line Looking North

 There are benches and chains along the shore that you can use to soak in all that the area has to offer.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Turkeys In the Wood at Mount Desert Island Maine

 I am currently workamping in Maine and was surprised the other day.  I was in the primitive camping area of the RV park and stumbled upon a couple of turkeys.  I was without a camera and could not  get a picture.  They were hens with a couple of dozen chicks with them.  Naturally, when I did have my  camera, the turkeys were no where to be found.  Finally I came across a turkey when I had the camera.  She was protecting her young and when I got close, she got up and they walked away. 
There was a number of chicks up under her wings.  I am still looking for the large group and hope to get pictures.  I had no idea turkeys lived this far north.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I Reached A New Milestone and Redefined Success

     A Milestone can be a call to reflection.   I reached a milestone the other day with this blog.  I reached sixty thousand page views.  I started the blog back in May of 2010 and did not really get serious about it for a couple of years.  I have made three hundred and eleven post.  I currently receive between one thousand to fifteen hundred page views per month.   

     My original intent with the blog was to help pay my expenses as I traveled around the country visiting places that interested me.  That has been a dismal failure.  I use Google Adsense for the income source and at its height, Adsense produce twelve to fifteen dollars a month in income.  In recent months that amount has decreased and has hovered at just over one dollar. 

     My most viewed blog post is Jaywalking In Las Vegas, Don’t Do It.   This post has been viewed two thousand two hundred and seventy-five times as of the writing of this post.  I have no idea why.  I lived in Las Vegas for a while and on average one pedestrian a week was kill while jaywalking.  Most of the visits on this page come from China.  Again, I have no idea why.  The second most popular post is My Last Day In Yellowstone and I Busted the Bus.  This I understand.  It has almost sixteen hundred page views.

     Upon reflection I can say that my blog has been a failure at helping fund my adventures.  I think that it is time to redefine what success means.  I may not have a cash cow here.  I do have a great record of events and people in my life.  I have enjoyed writing the posts, taking the photos and being on the journey.  This blog may not be widely read, but it will be here for my old age and for my grandchildren.  If I ever get any of those.  Come on kids, get busy.

     I know that in the bloggerverse there are millions of blogs. I am just a tiny little speck in a near infinite din of word and pictures.  But I like my blog, and in the end, that’s all the really matters.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Bartlett's Landing, Mount Desert Island, Maine

It was a cold and rainy day with no chance of clearing up, so I went for a drive.  I decided to head to the Indian Point area on Mount Desert Island and see what there was to see.  Of course I couldn't find the place.  I ended up in a place called Bartlett's Landing.  I ended up there because that is where the road ends.  There is a dock and there are boats moored in the area. I don't use the word bleak much, but somehow bleak seems to apply the the coast of Maine on a cold and rainy day.  It was bleak.  I guess that why they named the place Mount Desert Island.

 I went on the internet to try and find out why it called Bartlett's Landing.  I learned that on the other side of the narrows is a place called Bartlett Island.  I tried to find out why it was called Bartlett Island.  I was not very successful.  All I could find out was that Bartlett Island is Rockefeller land.  They own most of the place.  I'm sure that somewhere in the distant past there was a feller named Bartlett that owned or had a farm out there and that's how the place got its name. I just didn't feel like digging into the history today.  Not much motivation.    

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Compass Harbor Trail, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, Maine

If you are visiting Bar Harbor and would like to take a short hike, the Compass Harbor Trail would be a good choice.  It a short drive to the  trail head just outside of town.  The hike is a little less than a mile in and out .  There is a small parking lot at the trail head.  The trail is flat and an easy walk.  It lead down to a point on the coast overlooking Frenchman Bay.  At the location I was able to see a cruise ship anchored out at Bar Harbor.  The sea was dotted with buoys of lobster traps.  Across the channel was a small Island with a light house.  This Island is called Egg Island in honor of all the birds that nest there.  The shore forms a cove that is apparently Compass Harbor.  If you feel like exploring you can find the granite steps that lead to the ruins of the Dorr family estate.  George Dorr was an early supporter of preserving the natural beauty of Mount Desert Island.  Through his efforts he was able to convince President Woodrow Wilson to make parts of the Island a National Monument and eventually a National Park.  The foundation is all that remains at the site which is referred to as the Old Farm.  

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Jordan Pond Loop Trail, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island Maine

Jordan Pond is something of a misnomer for me.  It is three and three tens miles around the pond.  To me its a lake.  That being said, it is an amazing beautiful place.  Some time in the past a glacier about a mile deep set on the land where the Pond is located.  It rounded off the mountains in the area.  When it melted, it left a large deposit of material that acts as a dam on one end of the Pond.  This deposit is otherwise know as a moraine.  There are three separate sections to the hike.  There is a flat lever gravel path. There is an elevated boardwalk, and there is a rocky path.  I parked at the boat launch area and walked down to the Pond.  Standing facing the Pond, a hiker can go left or right.  It is a loop trail.  If you turn right there is a flat gravel trail that hugs the shore and takes you just past the northern most end of the Pond.  After you turn this corner you travel through about 400 yards of rocky terrain.  Through the rocky terrain there is an improved path that at places resembles rock steps.  Finally there is a boardwalk of sorts.  The boardwalk is about three quarters of a mile in length.  The boards are really logs sawn in half and affixed to supports to keep you up and away from the wet and boggy soil that is present on that side of the pond.  The walk is flat and easy.  From the path you can see the Jordan Pond House, a Bridge on the Carriage Road, the north and south Bubble The Jordan cliffs and seven assorted mountains.  

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observation Tower

     My adventure in Maine begins with a short trip south along Highway 1 to the town of Bucksport Maine.  Just across the river from Bucksport is the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.  The span is a little over two thousand one hundred feet in length.  The bridge is an innovative design that does not use anchors for the cable stays.  There are two tower that support the bridges decks and one of these tower has an observation room at the top.    The bridge is amazing.
 I took a photograph of the bridge from underneath showing the expanse of the bridge deck.  There is one hundred and thirty five feet between the bridge deck and the water. The bridge was an emergency replacement for the an existing bridge that was in danger of falling down.  The towers are four hundred and twenty feet above the River.  One of the towers contains an observatory.  This is the only bridge observatory in the United States.  This observatory in one of only four in the entire world.
The towers remind me of the Washington Monument in Washington D.C.  I understand that the towers are modeled after the Monument.  The bridge is partially build with granite from Mt Waldo, which is where the stones came from to build the Washington Monument.  The observation deck allows views of the Penobscot River, Verona Island and Bucksport.  I think it 

cost five dollars to see both Fort Knox and take the tour up to the top of the tower.  If your passing through the area, this is well worth the admission fee.