Carriage Road Ranger-Led Hike; Coastline Visit
Aug 22, 2010
|August 22 – Ranger-Led Hike on Carriage Roads; A Visit to the Coast
A cloud-covered day with some mist – a great day to take a hike with a ranger on the Acadia NP carriage roads. We drove to the southwest part of Acadia NP and met with Ranger Susan who we recognized from our ranger-lead walk along Otter Point in 2008. This her sixth season at Acadia NP.
Ranger Susan told us about the history of the 50+ miles of carriage roads and 17 stone bridges in the park. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. is responsible for the planning and building and financing of the roads and bridges on which cars were and are not allowed; only horses, bicycles and hikers.
Ranger Susan showed us the tools used to form the squarish blocks of granite used to build the bridges. Each block of granite took about a half-a-day to form using a sledge hammer and drill and wedges.
The roads and bridges were built between 1912 and 1940 and only the best materials and best state-of-the-are techniques were used to make the routes.
We hiked with Ranger Susan in a light rain with 4 other adults and a child in a stroller.
After our hike, we discussed our future travel plans and, after our Alaska caravan trip in 2011, we will spend the summer of 2012 in the Acadia NP area. There are volunteer work crews formed every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday that we can join to help maintain the park. My Senior Pass will allow us to enter the park without charge at any time so we can enjoy the coast and hiking trails and carriage roads.
After our walk with Ranger Susan, we drove south to Northeast Harbor for lunch to continue our quest for the perfect lobster roll. Not to be. This roll rated only a 4 of 10. It did have a mayo sauce and a squeeze of lemon but not a hotdog bun.
Wikipedia site about Acadia NP
National Park Service Official Acadia NP Site
Tomorrow morning we sail on the Margaret Todd 4-mast schooner for two hours and then in the afternoon we go to Tidepool School to explore the part of the park revealed at low tide.
Have a great week.