Getting on/off a mini-bus. Walking 2 miles throughout the day; paved and uneven terrain; steps at several sites, use walking sticks/canes as needed.
At the motel, the breakfast buffet offers a variety of hot and cold choices.
We'll head out to Oldfarm, the ruins of the home of George B. Dorr, considered the “father” of Acadia National Park. We'll learn the fascinating story of how the park was founded and how it came to be the only park in the entire national system in which the land was donated rather than purchased by the government. We'll also be able to see nearby Compass Harbor, a delightful shoreside area offering spectacular views. This small harbor is off the beaten path in Acadia and known primarily to locals. Next, we’ll ride the YWCA for a presentation on topics of interest to the program by a local expert from the Mount Desert Island Historical Society. We’ll also have an entertaining, humor-laced presentation on flora and fauna of the park with noted local author Ruth Grierson.
At a scenic spot, we’ll have bagged lunches with the selections we made previously.
We’ll get back aboard our minibus as we prepare to encounter stunning scenery along 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 nestled between mountains that features a gorgeous panorama looking towards the Bubbles, twin peaks rising out of the water on the north end of the pond. We’ll end the afternoon with a scenic drive up Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the eastern seaboard of the United States. When the serpentine 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 look west towards Blue Hill as the day comes to an end.
We’ll ride to a downtown Bar Harbor restaurant for a plated meal with beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
We’ll walk back to the motel after dinner with the remainder of the evening free. You might like to go out to explore Bar Harbor’s attractions, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, or just relax.