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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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