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Friday, November 21, 2014


More from Thompson Island last weekend.

Our snow is mostly gone now, leaving the landscape gray and bare once again, as is typical for late fall. Wind and below normal temperatures remain, however! November has been a cold, snowy month so far, but at least we did not measure our snowfall in feet like the folks in upstate New York!



Monday, November 17, 2014


Sunset from Thompson Island this weekend.

Snow mixed with rain for a couple of hours this morning, marking the THIRD SNOWFALL through just the middle of November!!! It finally changed over to all rain right here on the immediate coast, but there is still snow on the ground - "waiting for more" as the old-timers say!



Friday, November 14, 2014


With today's six inch snowfall, our second snow this year before November 15,
this child's climbing gym likely is retired until spring!



Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Round Pond this morning.

REMEMBER!

Today is Veteran's Day - a time for each of us to pause and remember all who have served our country,
especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice!



Friday, November 7, 2014

The MDI High School Library has posted a great video parody on YouTube which seems to have attracted national attention with almost 2,000 views in the first 24 hours! It was designed to encourage teenagers to read more, and it features some very talented MDIHS students. The whole production is quite impressive and certainly worth a bit over three minutes of your time. To check it out, click here!



Tuesday, November 4, 2014


All was quiet at the Seal Cove dock last weekend before the storm.

Our big coastal nor'easter on Saturday and Sunday made national news and left Maine with more than 150,000 families without slectric power. 8 to 14 inches of heavy, wet snow combined with high wind gusting to 50 knots brought down power lines everywhere. Here on the immediate downeast coast we only received about 2 1/2 to 3 inches of sleet and ice, but that was more than enough to cause thousands of power outages on MDI, in Trenton and in Ellsworth! Schools on the island were closed yesterday due to no power, and both MDI High School and Mount Desert Elementary School remain closed without power today! At this time Tuesday morning, about 85,000 customers continue without electricity statewide, about 39,000 of them in Emera Maine's service area. Estimates are that some will remain out until Friday!

Don't forget - today is ELECTION DAY! Some polling places have had to be changed due to no power. In the Town of Mount Desert voting has been moved from the Somesville Fire Station to the Town Office in Northeast Harbor.

Despite the inconvenience,
PLEASE BE SURE TO VOTE!
This is a very important and potentially very close election!



Saturday, November 1, 2014

It's hard to believe, but here we are in November already! And right on cue, we could get our first snowfall tomorrow! Yikes!

The last cruise ship of our 2014 season - "Crystal Serenity" - is in Bar Harbor today. Shortly after she leaves, many of the local shops will close their doors until spring. Even now, the benches in Agamont Park are strangely empty. And if all that isn't enough, don't forget to set your clocks back one hour tonight as we return to Eastern Standard Time!



Wednesday, October 29, 2014


A tender from the cruise ship "Maasdam" leaves Bar Harbor on Sunday after her last visit to MDI this season.



Monday, October 27, 2014


Can you figure out what's going on here? Is this a job for our firefighters? We certainly hope not!
All of us have heard the old saying: "Where there's smoke, there's fire"...
But maybe not always!

(We'll give you the answer right here in a day or two, after you have had a bit of time to think about it!)

***Wednesday - And the answer is...this "smoke" is actually steam! Recent heavy rain completely saturated thick moss covering the stump and adjacent tree trunk. A bright shaft of early morning sun quickly warmed the green moss enough to turn the rain water to steam! It literally only took about two minutes to "burn" off completely, but was rather startling to see when it was happening! Nature can be fascinating if you take the time to look!***



Friday, October 24, 2014


The last gasp of this year's fall foliage a few days ago - gone now, but not forgotten!



Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Somesville bridge on Sunday.



Sunday, October 19, 2014


The lead runner passes through Somesville this morning after approximately 20 miles!

Today's weather was perfect for marathon runners, but not so much for spectators! Showers last night marked the leading edge of a significant cold front and this morning saw very chilly temperatures along with a gusty breeze. Fall is definitely here, but tomorrow should be a bit warmer. However, a rain and wind storm is forecast for mid-week!



Friday, October 17, 2014

Even though we are now into the second half of October, there still was plenty of beautiful, albeit past-peak, fall foliage to be seen around the island on a cloudy day yesterday! That may not be true much longer, however, as rain and wind last night into this morning probably will have stripprd most of the remaining leaves.



Wednesday, October 15, 2014


The cruise ship "Norwegian Gem" as she prepared to leave
Saint John, New Burnswick, Canada last evening
enroute to Bar Harbor this morning.



Sunday, October 12, 2014


After the early morning fog burned off a few days ago.



Thursday, October 9, 2014


Fall reflections at Somes Pond on Monday.

Island foliage is near its peak color right now, and last night was the full "Hunter's Moon". Our weatherhas been quite mild so far, but that is about to change. The upcoming weekend is expected to be sunny and much cooler with overnight temperatures in the low 30's Friday and Saturday!



Monday, October 6, 2014


Seal Cove Pond is showing its autumn colors.



Friday, October 3, 2014


The marsh at Duck Pond.



Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Holland-America's "Maasdam" has been perhaps our most frequent and reliable cruise ship visitor.
She was in Bar Harbor again on Sunday!



Monday, September 29, 2014



After living more than 30 years on Mount Desert Island, we thought we had seen everything the tourist industry had to offer, but that was not so! Yesterday afternoon we spotted a highly unusual tour bus of a type we had never seen before. It was a combination tour bus and rolling hotel known as a "rotel". After discharging passengers at the Village Green, the bus moved to the RV parking spaces by the ballfield. We followed to check it out.

The "rotel" had Alaska plates, but was operated by a German tour company called Rotel Tours. Basically it was a modified Mercedes Benz 0404 coach with 24 passenger seats in the front and 26 3 ft. X 6 ft. sleeper berths in the rear (the 2 extra berths are for the driver and the tour guide). There was a toilet and a basic camp kitchen, but no bath or shower facility. Apparently this type of bus was designed to operate in remote areas of Europe, Africa and Asia where traditional hotels are frequently not available. It provides an opportunity to conduct adventure tours in places that might otherwise be very uncomfortable or perhaps even impossible.

Now - we can't help but wonder how all this applies to the "wilds" of Bar Harbor!
But the big, red "Rotel" was fun to see, nonetheless!



Saturday, September 27, 2014


Another beautiful fall sunset Thursday evening.



Wednesday, September 24, 2014


A small flock of Greater Yellowleg Pipers feeding in the shallows of Pretty Marsh Inner Harbor
at low tide on Monday afternoon.



Monday, September 22, 2014


Bog Cotton blooming in a hidden marsh yesterday afternoon.

Fog and a few showers this morning should give way to mostly sunny skies this afternoon and through the remainder of the week - just in time for the annual Acadia Night Sky Festival next weekend. Many interesting and free events are planned to celebrate our beautiful, dark night sky. For a complete schedule,
click the events listing on our Happenings page.



Saturday, September 20, 2014


The classic cruise ship "Queen Mary 2" at anchor in Frenchman Bay on Thursday.



Thursday, September 18, 2014


Interesting sailing yachts moored in Northeast Harbor on Tuesday.

The huge cruise ship "Queen Mary 2" is in Bar Harbor today on the first of two visits scheduled for this season. If you haven't seen her before, you might want to brave the crowds and pop over to have a look!
Your next chance will be on October 19!



Monday, September 15, 2014


Early autumn at the Somesville Museum and Gardens.



Friday, September 12, 2014


The cruise ship "Seabourn Quest" made her maiden visit to Bar Harbor on Wednesday,
and she's already back in Bar Harbor today!



Wednesday, September 10, 2014


The "Harvest" Supermoon early yesterday morning.

Believe it or not, Monday's full moon was the fifth (and final) Supermoon for 2014. Supermoon is a visual phenomenon that occurs when the moon is full and also at it's closest point to the Earth, making it appear much larger and brighter than usual. This year, in addition to two in January, we have had three Supermoons in a row. The first was in mid-July, the second in mid-August, and the third one on Monday evening/Tuesday morning.



Monday, September 8, 2014


Marsh grasses are slowly filling in and taking over "The Tarn" at the foot of Dorr Mountain!

After the passage of a cold front Saturday evening, our heat and high humidity of last week has moved offshore. Now the days feel much more like early September! And the big cruise ships are starting to arrive in Bar Harbor with "Grandeur of the Seas" in port yesterday. Expect Bar Harbor sidewalks to be very crowded from now until the end of October as cruise ship passengers and crew members flood the village almost every day.



Saturday, September 6, 2014

The ferry "Fish Hawk" is one of several classic vessels owned by Downeast Windjammer Cruises and operating between the Bar Harbor Inn pier and Winter Harbor (Schoodic) during the season. If you are looking for something fun to do, particularly at this time of year, you can take a one hour boat ride across Frenchman Bay, spend several hours exploring Winter Harbor and the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park by foot and/or bicycle, and return to Bar Harbor in the late afternoon. The free shuttle bus "Island Explorer" meets the ferry at Winter Harbor during the summer
and runs until September 14 this year.



Thursday, September 4, 2014


You wouldn't notice it by just driving down Cottage Street this morning, but there was a serious fire at the Portside Grill restaurant in Bar Harbor on Tuesday evening. Thanks to the professionalism and quick work of the Bar Harbor Fire Department and several other area fire departments, the blaze was contained to just that one building, despite the close proximity of many other vulnerable structures. The Portside Grill was a total loss and may have to be demolished.



Tuesday, September 2, 2014


High surf at Otter Point last Thursday.

Welcome to September and the start of what usually is our best six weeks of the entire year! Locals know that early fall - the period from Labor Day until about October 15 - is the perfect time to enjoy warm days, cool nights, and gradually developing fall color. It is also the time of year when the biggest cruise ships arrive in Bar Harbor. And don't forget - island schools opened today, so drive carefully! But be sure to get out and enjoy this beautiful season!




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