Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Carriage Roads

It’s been a busy day. I’ve already posted twice, but not yet about our hike on the Carriage Roads in Acadia National Park. There are forty-five miles of Carriage Roads inside the park and several more outside. Along those roads are seventeen beautiful bridges. Chuck began “bagging” those bridges a few years ago. By the end of last Friday afternoon we had been to numbers fifteen and sixteen! This year we went to Cliffside and Amphitheater (via the West Branch bridge which we had been to on a previous walk). They were both lovely, but Cliffside had the added advantage of wonderful vistas. It’s also a comfortable hike. While there are ups and downs along the way, it is not the relentlessly uphill trek we took last year from Jordan Pond to the Deer Brook and Chasm Brook bridges. For Cliffside and Amphitheater you start out at Jordan Pond and head out on the wide crushed stone Carriage Roads to Signpost Number 14 and head toward Signpost 21. (You can download maps and brochures here.)
Here’s a sample of what we saw:

Chuck heading out toward Cliffside

Chuck looking over the edge of Cliffside Bridge

Looking out toward Seal Harbor and the Cranberry Islands

Amphitheater Bridge

Near Signpost 21

Golden foliage framing the ocean beyond

These were uploaded in lower resolution, but they are still “clickable” for a better (and more vivid) view.


Anonymous said...

that first picture of Chuck is to die for!!!!!


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Anonymous said...

What a ridiculously beautiful place!!! So glad you guys are back safe and sound and your children are happier to be home too. xx Ronnie

Pink Granite said...

Hi Gail -
Thanks! I really needed Chuck in that photo to provide the scale and perspective. All the Carriage Roads are great, but this route to Cliffside is my new favorite!
- Lee

Hi DMM -
So glad you liked it. Now we just need to find a way to transport you, Mr. Brown, Ronnie, Roo, Sue - et al to Acadia for one big meet up!
- Lee

Hi Ronnie -
Ridiculously beautiful it is! And yes, our "children" are settling in and have stopped grumbling about the kennel. Which is good, because when I called to check on them while we were away, I was told that while they normally have a few days of adjustment, they had settled in almost immediately!
- Lee

dancingmorganmouse said...

Ooo, that would be the bomb, arcadian blog meet - start planning!

Anonymous said...

OOOOOOH yesssss!!! I wanna!!! Oh yes we can!!! And all that!! Ronnie xx

Sue said...

Oh my word! Stunning pictures!! You are making The States a more and more attractive holiday destination by the post (by the way - that was my 10 year plan when Jacques died, a trip to Disney & the states with Jake - 4 1/2 years to go)...

Anonymous said...

Finally able to get on here and voew the beautiful pics! I can't wait to return Carrie