Our Final Goodbye to Acadia
It’s been a great five days at Bar Harbor Campground and in Acadia National Park, but all good things must come to an end. We drove out to Jordan Pond one last time to park the truck and ride the E-bikes on some more of the carriage roads we missed. Finding a parking spot was more challenging this go around. The weather on Monday, June 17 had improved, so more people had ventured into the park.
We parked south of Jordan Pond House Gate Lodge to the west of the Day Mountain Loop. According to the signage next to the lodge, "the Jordan Pond Gate Lodge was completed in 1932. This building and the Brown Mountain Gate Lodge near Northeast Harbor ornament the carriage road system. The gates serve as a symbolic barrier to automobiles, and welcome the traveler into a motor-free system of carriage roads in the heart of Acadia National Park".
"The design of the gate lodges was inspired by the rustic architecture found in France near the home of explorer Sieur de Monte, who once held land claims on Mount Desert Island. Like the bridges, and the carriage roads themselves, the gate lodges were designed to blend harmoniously with the surroundings"
After the 5.3 miles around the Day Mountain Loop we rode back to the Jordan Pond House to break for lunch. We ordered ice teas this time and shared a delicious chicken salad entree. With our energy restored we continue onto the two smaller loops to the west, including the Amphitheater Loop. These two loops are located near the stream that empties from Jordan Pond down to Long Pond at the southern end of the island. Because it had rained heavily the night before, the stream was a pretty impressive sight. I had to shoot some video for you to enjoy.
We crossed multiple arched bridge structures on this carriage road section and felt that this was one of the prettiest parts we had seen and experienced. With the afternoon fading fast we started heading back to Jordan Pond and the truck's location.
In the end, we added another 13 miles to our previous 21 miles from the earlier trek. A total of 34 miles of the 45 mile carriage road system. Not bad for a couple of senior citizens even on E-bikes, huh?
This is an incredible National Park to see. Make it a priority if you're ever in the state of Maine.