The call of the loon
Climbs through the rainbow valley
Finding me trail side.
With my time at Acadia National Park ending shortly, my time off is now filled with a sense of urgency. It’s the same feeling one experiences on that last day of vacation. I have grown to love the feel and sound of Acadia. I’m minutes from the ocean cliffs and steep, rocky mountain summits. How could one feel anything but blessed to have had the opportunity to enjoy close to six months here on this island paradise?! Running down my bucket list for Acadia, I planned my recent days off meticulously. I identified where I was most likely to see sweeping vistas of fall color as my first priority. And then, I organized my time on “Sunday” to catch a ride on the Margaret Todd schooner out of Bar Harbor and tour Frenchman Bay.
I planned a couple of hikes to kick off my free time. On Sunday after work, I enjoyed an early evening trek to the summit of Gorham Mountain and caught a pre-sunset vista filled with exploding Fall color.
On my “Saturday,” the weather forecast called for partly cloudy skies which I thought would be ideal for photographing fall color. There is a small, out-of-the-way knoll above Eagle Lake called Connors Nubble. I’ve never ventured to this summit so it became my destination. Planning my route carefully, I chose to walk some trails I have not traveled and complete a loop that brought me over North Bubble – another summit I’ve missed to date. I parked on the loop road just northwest of the Jordan Pond boat launch parking area. There is a trail from here leading down to the Jordan Pond Path. I hiked around Jordan Pond, picked up the Jordan Pond Carry Path to the carriage road around Eagle Lake. From there, I headed towards the east and caught up with the short, steep scramble up to Connors Nubble.
Backtracking down to the carriage road, I crossed over and climbed the trail to the summit of North Bubble. The views of Jordan Pond were spectacular!
I traversed from there over to the South Bubble summit for some awesome shots of Bubble Rock against a stunning backdrop of flaming colors.
Dropping back down to Jordan Pond from Bubble Rock, I was able to snare some great shots from the Jordan Pond Trail.