We'll spend a couple hours in a classroom setting at the YWCA, probing different topics about Mount Desert Island. But the bulk of the day will be devoted to exploring Acadia National Park and its wonders.
Continental breakfast will be served at the motel.
We'll begin the day's activities with a trip to the ruins of Oldfarm, the estate of George B. Dorr, who's considered the father of Acadia National Park. We'll learn the fascinating story of how Acadia came to be the only national park in which the land was donated rather than purchased by the government. Nearby, we'll also view Compass Harbor, a delightful shoreside area offering spectacular views. This small harbor is off the beaten path in Acadia and is known primarily to locals. Then we'll move on to the YWCA classroom, where Tim Garrity, director of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society, will speak about a topic of interest; his presentations vary. Finally, Ruth Grierson will entertain us with her humor-laced presentation on flora and fauna of the park.
We'll picnic today with sandwiches and the trimmings, probably stopping at the scenic Bear Brook picnic area as we start our tour of Acadia's Ocean Drive.
Be prepared for stunning scenery this afternoon as we tour Acadia’s Park Loop Road, including the famed Ocean Drive section. We’ll stop at Thunder Hole, where under the right conditions the sea sends flumes of spray skyward and produces a booming sound. We’ll also visit the glacially carved Jordan Pond, which is nestled between mountains and features a gorgeous panorama looking towards the Bubbles, twin peaks rising out of the water on the north end of the pond. Finally, we'll enjoy a scenic drive up Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the eastern seaboard of the United States. When the serpentine summit road was built in the 1930s, it was considered the best engineered mountain road in the world. From the summit, we’ll marvel at the 360-degree views and will look west towards Blue Hill as the day comes to an end.
We'll have dinner tonight at a downtown restaurant.
You'll be free tonight to explore the many shops and attractions in Bar Harbor.