On this final day on Mt. Desert Island in Maine, we did a morning Puffin & Whale Watching Tour, and then we finished off the week with a little bike riding on the carriage roads in Acadia National Park and one last lobster dinner. In our "final thoughts" on Acadia, you'll see we didn't rank the park as high as we thought we would, but we're willing to give it another chance.
On this boat tour in less than ideal weather, we saw a couple of Humpback Whales, several Atlantic Puffins, and a few other bird species we hadn't seen before.
We love being on the water, and paddling is often a way to enjoy beauty, wildlife, and solitude. So, on this day, we chose to find a place to paddle away from the crowds in Acadia National Park.
It was a rainy day at Acadia, so I picked out a two-hour "Nature Cruise" from Bass Harbor on the quieter side of Mt. Desert Island. Seals and information about Maine lobstering were the highlights of this enjoyable little tour.
I had been looking so forward to our first visit to Acadia National Park. Unfortunately, that visit came in peak season and the crowds were unbelievable. It didn't take long to determine that would be like it better in the less crowded "shoulder seasons" when we visit most other National Parks.
Up in northern Maine, or what they call "down east", away from the more touristy area of the Maine coastline, we enjoyed a great day of hiking and beautiful scenery followed by a couple fresh Maine lobsters for dinner.
The Gulf Hagas hike is a remote hike in the 100-Mile Wilderness of central Maine. Part of it runs along the Appalachian Trail and it includes several water features making it a pleasant wilderness experience.