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‘Baker Island’ — Acadia National Park’s Smallest Outpost.

by Anura Guruge

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On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, we did the 5-hour (viz., 8am — 1pm) ‘Baker Island Tour‘ offered by the ‘Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co.‘ Though a tad expensive it was definitely rewarding and well worth the money. It is one hour out and one hour back with roughly 2.5 hours on the Island — with another 30 minutes (or so) devoted to getting on/off the island using a 12-person ‘tender’ (i.e., a skiff). An official Park Ranger, in our case the veteran Dusty Warner, led the Tour: narrated the trip (both ways) and took us on a guided tour of the main part of the island. It was good. We picked a picture perfect day.

Over 80% of the Island, which is now only sporadically occupied (and that by just one family) is part of the Park. So, you can visit in your own boat, if you have one — and while we were there we saw four folks come over in their own launch. That was cool.

Now that I have visited ‘Baker’ I have covered all 5 sections of Acadia National Park. This was our 11th trip since my very first sojourn September 2013. On our first two trips, like so many others, we just stayed on ‘Mount Desert Island’. But, then in September 2014 we stayed in Schoodic and since then typically spend at least 1/2 day each trip in Schoodic. In September 2015 we visited ‘Isle au Haut‘. So, now we have done the full house.

Baker Island is very different from Isle au Haut. For a start, Baker, is much, much smaller. Plus, unlike au Haut, it doesn’t have a bustling Summer community at one end of the island. Baker, is very FLAT and quite small. So, it is easy to hike, whereas au Haut has some challenging ‘scrambles’. Whereas au Haut is classically Acadian with the sheer cliffs and dense forest, Baker is very open with just a small forest in the middle.

Baker, originally inhabited by the Gilley family has an intriguing history. It was quite a bustling trading port, mainly for cod, towards the end of the 19th century. I have already ordered two books about the island so that I can get a better understanding of what took place.

I highly recommend visiting Baker Island. Gorgeous views and an idyllic, pastoral setting. Extremely relaxing.

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Jordan Pond House, Acadia National Park — The Iconic Lawn Being Totally Redone.

by Anura Guruge

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Jordan Pond House lawn Acadia National Park Schoodic Peninsula Anura Guruge Google Pixel 2

Click to ENLARGE and read. From the “National Park Service” Website.

I had seen the above notice on the “National Park Service” Website before I had set off to Acadia.

I had also read that “Jordan Pond” was open. Though I thought I knew most of the ways to get to the ‘Pond’ I was foiled from getting there the first two days we were there. Then on the third day (i.e., Sunday) I had stopped to ask a Park Ranger whether Schoodic was open. He said it was. I then asked him about Jordan Pond. He told me I had to take “Jordan Pond Road”, off Route 3, in “Seal Harbor”. That worked! I never realized that that was ANOTHER unmarked access to the Park Loop Road.

Jordan Pond was deserted. Saw one other person. We were the ONLY vehicle in the parking lot.

The ground, under a lot of snow until quite recently, was very wet, soft and muddy. It was difficult to venture much.

It is pretty torn up. I guess they could have it relaid by June 2018.

It looks like they are installing buried irrigation pipes. That seems a WASTE. It is NOT like that they do not get enough rain up there.

Anywho …

Just wanted to share with you.

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Fatal Fall At ‘Acadia National Park’ — One Of The ‘Few’ Deaths Each Year.

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From ‘WCSH6‘ TV in Portland, Maine.


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From Google Maps. Mount Desert Island. Click to ENLARGE. Area where he fell is marked. From ‘Google Maps’, of course — who else.

We can, of course, relate to this. Though not funny, both kids on hearing this news from Deanna, ‘commented’ that that could have been ‘Dad’. Yes, we have clamoured about the rocks in this very scenic area to take pictures. Devanee had a fall just above ‘Sandy Beach’ last September. So this was ‘close to home’.

On our second visit to Acadia in June 2014 I had asked some Park Rangers as to what the casualty figures were for Acadia. They were reluctant to comment but in the end admitted that it was around a ‘couple a year’. But they pointed out that those were deaths that occurred within the Park. They did not count those that fell into the Ocean — even if it was from the Park! So per the National Park Service this death will NOT count as having happened in the Park. He would have died when he fell into the Ocean and that is outside of the Park.

This picture taken during our June 2015 visit is from roughly that area. Click to ENLARGE.

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by Anura Guruge