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No Where Near the Totality Zone

August 21 & 22, 2017  Monday & Tuesday                                        Most Recent Posts:
Schoodic Woods Campground                                                           Schoodic Institute, Lobstah and the Heath
Acadia National Park                                                                        Schoodic Peninsula Acadia National Park
Winter Harbor, Maine

 

Today, David has a cardiology appointment so I was on my own.  First thing Itake the bus down to the point to see how things are looking 2 full days after the storm that made such great waves against the rocks.   Very different is how it’s looking.  Clear blue sky day with calm seas.

 

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Looks like a lovely day for sailing.

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Those of you who got to enjoy the August Solar Eclipse from within the totality zone were the envy of everyone here in Acadia where the skies didn’t even get gray let alone dark.

The park had a “Solar Eclipse Party” from 1 to 4.  Sounded like fun so that’s how I spent my afternoon.  We gathered on the patio outside the beautiful Ranger’s Station. 

 

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The park provided about 20 of the government approved eclipse glasses for people to use.  A few people had brought their own viewers.

 

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I had a great time watching the people watching the eclipse.

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This man was trying to take a picture of the eclipse through the glasses.   Don’t think I’d have tried that personally.

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I took a few looks through the glasses but mostly watched the sunspotter the ranger had set up

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The ranger had all the planets with her today to explain how the moon passes between the sun and the earth. 

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She set the sun in its path and then had the Earth and the moon move in their patterns.   Pretty neat.  Both the Earth and the moon did a very fine job in the demonstration. 

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Frazier Point MapAfter David returns and we have dinner, we head down to Frasier Point to see the sunset.   Frasier Point is named after the first permanent settlers in this area.  It is their homestead area that is now a popular fishing spot.   Since we are on the west side of Schoodic, we can see just a sliver of Cadillac in the background beyond the western arm of land you can see on the map.  Frazier Point is the blue dot.  It is on the edge of the park

 

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On one side of the point there is a nice long dock. 

 

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I assume we could launch our kayaks from here at the bottom of the ramp leading down from the dock.

 

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We think this is the point of the point.

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Rosa Regosa grows all over Acadia and I was happy to see that here there were some that were actually ripe enough to eat. Watch out though, they are chocked full of Vitamin C and if you get mouth sores from eating too many oranges in a row you’ll have serious trouble if you eat more than 2 or 3 of these regardless of their size and “meat” content..

 

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With rose hips, bright red is not ripe and will be way too tart, at least for me.  You need a burgandy color, deep, just before rot sets in.  There isn’t much pulp inside but tons of seeds that you could eat but I usually discard getting my fingers orange. After discarding the seeds, I eat the skin and the flesh beneath it.   David thinks hips are “ok” but I really like them.   I once lived in Newport Rhode Island on the Cliff Walk which was lined with them and I learned to eat them and love them there.

 

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David walks down to the end of the dock.  I’m too busy eating hips.

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The main reason we came here was to see the sun set and we do.  Not over water because of Frazier Point’s location but it’s still lovely.

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We’re not the only ones headed home after a fine sunset.

 

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TUESDAY

On Tuesday we hike the Lower Harbor Trail.  It’s a winding 1.5 mile path that starts at the park’s main road just at the end of the drive into the campground.  It travels downhill to the water from there.   At the end,  we can turn around and go back the way we came or cross the Park Loop Road and take an unnamed spur trail over to a section of the Schoodic bike trail which will return us to the campground.

 

 

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Raindeer moss lines the sides of the trail in the beginning of the hike.

 

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It’s only flat for a short time and then starts heading down to the water through the maritime forest of red spruce and balsam fir.  Boy does it smell wonderful.

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The trail runs along  an arm of Winter Harbor for much of its length, first above it and then beside it.

 

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There are a few points along Lower Harbor Trail where we can access the shore on rocky beaches.   We try to  tread carefully and not disturb the delicate mosses and other low-lying vegetation.

 

 

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Lower Harbor Trail includes narrow bog bridges, small hills, some steep areas, exposed tree roots and rocky areas.

 

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In one of the boggy areas, we find the Friends working on a bridge project.   They tell David he’s welcome to join them.

 

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Temporary bog bridge.   Works fine as far as I can tell.  Seems adequate to the task.

 

On the way back up we find the one lone bench for tired hikers but it has a problem.   Looks great once you pass it and look back.

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But on the approach it’s clear it might be tricky for resting on.  It’s not my slanted camera, the trees are straight, the bench isn’t.  Wonder if the guys down trail have seen this?

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Once we get to the park loop road, rather than turn around and hike back, we cross the road to this marker and proceed up the unnamed trail to the bike path.

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Luckily only one of these signs points toward Schoodic Woods campground AND they wisely have a map underneath.

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The bike path is mostly uphill.   From what we’ve seen of the bike paths here in Schoodic, they are at least as steep as those on MDI and are gravel rather than paved.  They could be done by a road bike but I think mountain bikers would find them more fun. This one takes us where we want to go but retracing our steps would have been more scenic I think.   Although perhaps that’s just because I love water.   It’s 3 miles total which ever way you do it.

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Because of the naturally hilly, rocky and root-filled terrain along the coast, Lower Harbor Trail is described as moderately challenging.  We found it an excellent hike and no more difficult than the Sundew Trail we hiked yesterday.  Both definitely require hiking boots.

13 comments:

  1. Love the Ranger's Sun Spotter - what a great and safe way to see the eclipse with no risk. Also it was a lovely sunset over Cadillac, and I love the reindeer moss too! Nice that the Schoodic bike paths are laid out much like MDI's Carriage Roads with triangular intersections and well marked posts. The gravel is a bit noisy though for those looking for quiet & serene.

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  2. Neat Solar viewer the ranger used. I thought Kathy was the only one who envied my trip to Rexburg for the Total Eclipse. She will be in texas for the next one in 2024, hope you guys experience that one. These pics show a beautiful area, is it a good place to spend Summer?

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  3. Here on the day of the eclipse it was clear, and we had it at partial. I went out at the peak time, and noticed a bit of an odd tone to the blue sky. Having no protection, I did restrain myself from the instinct to look up at the sun.

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  4. I can see there was a lot more to do at Schoodic Bay then we had time for. Thanks for sharing your adventures. It's a beautiful and special place.

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  5. We were right in the perfect viewing zone of the eclipse and enjoyed all 10 minutes of it. It was amazing to see so many people drive from all over the place to here to enjoy the 10 minutes worth.

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  6. Same kind of cloudy conditions for my 73% eclipse. Seems all these Maine trails are rock and root. I eat the rose hips like you without the seeds. Makes a nice tea.

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  7. We were fortunate to be in 99.92% totality for the eclipse!! But your ranger sure had a great presentation for the occasion. I have never eaten a Rose Hip, but would like to give it try. I guess we should just call you a "Hippy";-))

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  8. Forgot about the eclipse! We were fogged in, so didn't see it, but it did darken a bit. Neat spotter they had there, glad you could see it.

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  9. Steve had a doctor's appt during the eclipse. I was glad I excused myself and joined the medical people who were already watching it the partial one we got. Even if it was only 70% still it was an awesome sight to see.

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  10. Looks like a fun eclipse gathering! We were on San Juan Island and saw people with similar homemade cereal box viewers. I didn't know they were common. :-)) The special wooden sun spotter viewer looked cool! I like rose hips mixed with other herbs in tea, but they're a bit too tart for me right off the bush!

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  11. Fun gathering for the eclipse! Ot did darken a bit for us on the beach in NC. Lovely water sunset and lovely hike. Nice picture of you with a hip :)

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  12. My mom loved hips and made tea and put them in salad. Thanks for the hints on when they're best to eat! Gorgeous sunset, still hard for me to get my directions straight for the setting and rising on the east coast! The reindeer moss is so delicate, like Cinderella caught the lace trim on her dress and left it behind. Glad you had the opportunity to celebrate the eclipse even without the totality. 2024 will give us all another chance!

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  13. Wish our rangers in IL had put on a program like this. Looking forward to our ME visit in a few years.

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