September 26, 2010 – Touring Mount Desert Island and Biking the Acadia Carriage Trails

With the weather overcast, we decided to drive around Mount Desert Island and try see the several villages (other than Bar Harbor which we’d already toured) and outlying areas.  The drive took us along tree-lined roads surrounded by some spectacular fall color,

small villages, farms

and idyllic coves dotted with boats.

We were not surprised to find sections of very modest houses with yards often littered with old cars and other discarded items as well as large,exquisite homes surrounded by manicured landscaping

and generally spectacular ocean views.

We stopped in Southwest Harbor and had a fantastic dinner at Beals where the lobsters were right off the boat.

The lobster meat was so tender and tasty, we hardly used the melted butter.

We also took a bike ride on several of the Acadia carriage trails (on which no auto traffic is allowed) around Eagle Lake and Jordan Pond.  Again, the foliage was gorgeous.

Tomorrow, we’re off to the main park and Cadillac Mountain.

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