On every trip there is a moment. It is the moment you feel the world opening up to you in a way it hasn’t before. The moment you feel the value of travel intensely. The moment that makes challenges you faced getting there seem insignificant. The moment you see something new and magical. It is the moment you will remember long after the trip is over. For me, this was that moment…
During low tide in Bar Harbor, it is possible to walk to Bar Island in Acadia National Park. The walk across is scenic and affords many opportunities for discovery. On our first visit there, we discovered the starfish above. It was so magical, we returned several times during our week in Maine.
Once across, there are wooded trails to hike. We checked them out, but turned back quickly so as not to get stuck on the island when the tide rose again.
In addition to the starfish, we found many other interesting things between Bar Harbor and Bar Island.
No matter what time we visited this fascinating spot, the views were amazing and the learning opportunities were endless. Before our trip, I assumed Bar Harbor was a touristy town where shopping and eating were the main attractions. Not so. Nature abounds for those who are looking to experience it.
A few shots from a midday visit to the same spot…
You will likely get wet and sandy exploring the sand bar so dress accordingly and always be mindful of the tide or you could end up like these people.
Bar Harbor does offer many unique restaurants and shopping opportunities as well. There is also a pretty park in town with water views where we were able to find parking and have a picnic. Nice public restrooms made the experience even easier.
We tried one restaurant while in Bar Harbor. Geddy’s has an interesting history and decent food. The staff was pleasant and the atmosphere was family friendly.
We saw so many things in Maine that we would never have seen in PA. It was a great experience and motivation for more travel! You can read about our trip home to PA here.
- PA to Maine-Acadia National Park
- Testing my “limiting beliefs”