After the Storm
After a day of torrential rain and gusty (some very gusty) wind (or as we like to call it here on the island – breezes), it was time to get back out on the trails and get in some hiking miles.
My destination were the last two bridges in the carriage road system, a 5.5 – 6 miles roundtrip hike that would carry me above Jordan Pond. I’ll cover the bridges in another post, because they were both beautiful, but I have to confess that the fog and water were worthy of a post in their own right.
Even though the sun was trying to make an appearance when I left Bar Harbor, just a few miles inland, the fog was winning out, giving the carriage road a “Sleepy Hollow” kind of feel. As I headed away from Jordan Pond I heard the sound of loons echoing across the water. It definitely set the mood for the morning.
This particular stretch of carriage road winds pretty steeply up the mountain, hugging the cliffs above Jordan Pond. Of course the pond was completely obscured from view on the way up the mountain, but by the time I headed back down; I could make out the water and the “Bubbles” mountains. I love the way the fog was hugging the mountaintops, giving me that delicious feeling of being alone and cocooned by nature.
At both bridges along my route, I was treated to rushing waterfall, swollen by yesterday’s rains. Pictured below is Deer Brook Falls. There is a trail that follows this stream back to Jordan Pond. At one point the trail crosses over the stream. Today, that crossing was impossible as the stepping-stones were underwater. But all that water sure made for great picture-taking!
Another mile and a half of hiking and I came to second waterfall along Chasm Brook. By now, the fog was beginning to lift out and I could get a sense of what the view was like as I neared the crest of the mountain. For those readers familiar with Acadia National Park (or those with a map of the park), the body of water in the distance is Aunt Betty’s Pond.
And below is a picture of the Chasm Brook Waterfall. Not having hiked this particular portion of the carriage roads, I was hoping to see at least one waterfall, and I was treated to two!
Posted on April 24, 2012, in Hikes, Photography and tagged Acadia National Park, Aunt Betty's Pond, Carriage Roads, Chasm Brook, Deer Brook, Hiking, Jordan Pond, Nature, Photography. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.