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Two Bubbles and a Nubble

Thursday June 29, 2017                                                                                   Most Recent Posts:
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Remember the picture of the Bubbles from our hike arouned Jordan Pond?   Well today Nancy and Bill and I are hiking up there.  On the map below, we are starting at the blue star and going to South Bubble following the yellow arrows then we came back down and up the green arrows to the left and continue on to Connors Nubble to check out the blueberry status and then along Eagle Lake and finishing up on the Jordon Pond Carry Trail.


Of course we start out climbing but I’d rather go up first and down at the end.


Beautiful Sheep Laurel is along our path.



Here are Nancy and Bill at the summit marker for South Bubble.  This knob on the bubble is apparently the highest point.



Another picture of the summit so the sign can be read.



The thing about the summits in Acadia is the fantastic views.  Every summit in nearly every direction has a view of the sound, a Bay, the Atlantic or the ponds and lakes on the island.





One of the big attractions of South Bubble is the glacial erratic known as Bubble Rock.  I’m not the only one who has tried and failed to shove it off its perch.



More beautiful views.  I think this is Jordan Pond from which the famous twin bubble pictures are always taken..  Maybe Nancy will correct me if I’m wrong.



The trails in Acadia all seem to have the most wonderful bird song especially early in the morning.  I can seldom see the singers even when I look but today we are lucky.  This little Common Yellowthroat was just singing his heart out.  What joy!




Whoever attached the adjective common to this gorgeous bird must live in a different world from mine.



Before we leave, Bill points out our next destination, North Bubble.   But we have to walk back down to get the path back up.  Remember the map.





When we get back down they are both grinning as they point the way back UP.


And up it is.


Up and rocky.



North Bubble is a tad taller than South Bubble so our views different.  I’m thinking this is Eagle Lake.  If so, we’ll be down there later walking around the western shore on our way back.



It’s the blue team on top of North Bubble.  Today’s second summit sign for Bill to add to his collection.





We wander around the top enjoying the fantastic day.  It’s in the 70’s, blue skies and clear.  Perfect hiking day.



Another singer in a spruce tree.  I’m really not sure of this one at all.  In some of the pictures I took he looks like a Junco but this one shows a lot of white.  Perhaps it’s the wind ruffling his feathers.




Time to head back down to go on to Connor’s Nubble. 






For most of the hike, we’ve been following the Bates Cairns which were first developed here in Acadia. The park has a new initiative to implore hikers not to add to the cairns or create their own cairns either of which might mislead other hikers and cause them serious problems.



Another cairn in the foreground.



We’re back in the woods when we spot this woodpecker working near the bottom of the tree. 




Now it’s a rock scramble up to Connor’s




But we do make it to the “summit” of this 383 foot nubble. I’m not sure how many of the 30 “peaks” on Mount Desert Island Bill has already bagged but he’s added 3 of them today in his quest to do them all in the two months we are all here this summer.  Pretty positive they’ll do it.




We wander around the nubble checking out the blueberry status and Nancy predicts 2 more weeks until picking time.



Today they have just a tinge of blueish purple.   We’re dreaming of fresh blueberry pie.  There really are no blueberries like Maine low bush.   Absolutely DElicious!!


Off we go down to the Eagle Lake shore line for our trip back to their truck.






I think Nancy gets a kick out of my “I stop for mushrooms policy”.








The path along Eagle Lake is heavenly.  A soft carpet of needles to walk on and that delicious smell of balsum fir in the air.



We stop along the lake for lunch and Nancy takes this picture of me after I’ve finished.  Thanks Nancy!




In addition to cairns up on the bubbles and nubble, there have also been the blue blazes which signify the National park Trails.  You can see one here on the rock as the Eagle Lake trail begins to change from friendly forest to rocky road.



Not sure any of us was expecting this.  I know I wasn’t.  Watch your step now.



The views of Eagle Lake from the trail are wonderful and make me think about kayaking on it but it’s the second largest lake on Mount Desert Island at 436 acres and that means lots of boaters even though they are limited to 10mph.  Still, early enough in the morning we could at least have a go at a few of its acres.



I spot this guy peeking out and of course have to stop.




Nearlng the end of the Eagle Lake trail where it joins the Jordan Pond Carry trail, Nancy stops to get a close listen at a sweet babbling brook.





Last leg of the hike.  A little more than half a mile to go.







Many thanks to Nancy and Bill for planning the hike, leading the hike, driving to the hike.  They did everything but pack my lunch.  How lucky can I get??   Wish you could have been here David.



  1. That is such a beautiful park. All your posts,are encouraging me to plan plenty of time there when we do our long northeast trip in a couple of years

  2. I think all the climbing up and down would be worth it for the blueberries, and the views. Seems like cairns are almost like graffiti, once there's one others follow. A Ranger in Death Valley called them "geologic graffiti." Beautiful hike.

  3. What a great day even if the blueberries aren't quite ready! Love the water views and the idea of smelling balsam on a 70 degree day. Sounds terrific! And, the rock scrambles made for great exercise too :)

  4. Quite a challenge Bill has to conquer all 30 peaks. Nice of him to "drag" you along! :cD

  5. What a fabulous hike...Up, Down and All Around!!! This is such an AMAZING place to spend the summer. There just isn't a bad hike here. Your photos are wonderful... really captured the day:o))

    Paul, we have bagged 16 peaks...14 peaks in the next month to getter done!!!

  6. Some day Bubble Rock will tumble down the slope, perhaps after a snowy winter. A magnificent landscape, and you've photographed it beautifully.

  7. Awesome pictures and beautiful lakes

  8. I would be saying bubbles and nubble all day - so fun! I love "checking on the blueberry status". Great pics of you looking so happy. Wonderful views after a few good climbs and scrambles. I'm so glad for your mushroom policy, and that you share them with us :-))) Nice shot of Bill on the summit - quite the goal to get them all!

  9. Well, that looks like a great hike (as usual) and reading about the cairns was so interesting. Thank you!

  10. Wonderful pictures! This how surprised (scared) you would have been if the bubble boulder started down the hill:)

  11. What a fantastic hike!!! What absolutely gorgeous views!!! I know you are so glad you were "dragged" on this hike!!😊.

  12. This has to be some of the best scenery in the world!

  13. You are really getting me thinking that we may need to revisit Maine and Acadia again. We weren't deep into hiking back then. I love the Bubbles and Nubble!! Perfect forms to summit. Eagle Lake is spectacular from above. What a great day hiking!

  14. Great hike!!! Keeping me inspired to do more of my own. I am slowly working my way up to BIG hikes. You appear to do what I would think is a challenge every day!!

  15. The little yellowthroat does look like he's singing enthusiastically! What a beautiful place for him to live. That hike looks tough between the hills and the rocks but those spectacular views are worth it. Great pictures- xxxooo

  16. Such spectacular scenery, and unlike anywhere else. The last time I hiked in Maine was 25 years ago, but I clearly remember how unique and beautiful it was. I'm loving seeing it through your lens. Wonderful shot of the Common Yellowthroat. They do look like happy little birds. I suspect you'll be finding blueberries very soon, especially if David is with you. :-)

  17. I can relate to your mushroom policy :)
    I love Acadia NP, it is just breathtaking and thank you for reliving fond memories of our stay there in 2013.

  18. Great hike, great pictures, thanks for taking us along again!

  19. What a terrific hike! Are you logging all the peaks as well as Bill & Nancy? What great pictures of the lovely birds, they are so pretty!

  20. Yes, I too wish I had been able to be with you, but maybe next time when the blueberries are ready! Love the picture of the "common" yellow-throat - another great shot!


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