Bar Harbor, ME Day 13 “The Bar” and Shore Path

July 8, 2023 We had a leisurely morning and Bob made us blueberry pancakes for breakfast. We left at 10:00 to spend the day in Bar Harbor. Our first stop was to visit “The Bar” when it was at low tide starting at 10:00. We found parking on West Street which was a short distance from the road to the “Sandbar”. It was low tide and the tide was WAY out. It was the driest I’ve ever seen it since we’ve been here.

We all walked across the bar towards the island, but along the way we found some interesting things.

John, Mary, and Randy walked all the way over to the island to check out the hoodoos built there.

Bob found an “ear decoration” he liked and wanted to show us.

We walked back up to West Street and decided we would come back to see the Sandbar at high tide. Mary wanted to stop at one shop along our walk today to find her final buoy souvenir. The guys walked down to check out the docks and discovered this boat sitting “on the hard” with the tide out.

The guys figured out that the pulley on the right end of the bridge would raise the bridge to allow the boat to leave once the tide was up.

There were a few ticket booths and shops in the area and this whale statue was near the Whale Watching Tour boat.

The seawall along this hotel showed just how far the tide was out.

Further down the street, we came to the Town Pier where the Schooner Cruises departed from.

We found the start of the Shore Path–a 1/2 mile footpath along the ocean’s edge.

We took a short rest in the bike rack before starting our walk.

The path took us around the grounds of the Bar Harbor Inn–a beautiful hotel with all the balconies overlooking the shore.

There was a wedding ceremony taking place on the grounds as we walked by.

On the beach, we came upon a rock that needed my help in moving it.

We walked about 3/4 of the way around the Shore Path and then decided to head back up to Main Street. There were a lot less people crowding the sidewalks doing their shopping today compared to earlier in the week.

I really liked this lobster at the ice cream store.

As we neared the waterfront, this fog bank was moving in.

We stopped again at the Seagrill and Bar for something to eat and drink after all the walking we did.

Bob had oysters on the half shell. Randy had mussels and chowder. Mary, John, and I had a sandwich and of course, our favorite beverages. After enjoying our food, beverages, and a rest after our walk, we headed back towards the Jeep. Around 1:30, we stopped to see that now the boat was afloat with the incoming tide. Check out the before and after pictures.

The water at the seawall of the hotel was up to the high water mark. See the before and after pictures.

We went back to check on the tide at the Sandbar around 1:45 and the sandbar had completely disappeared. What a difference! See the before and after pictures.

It was a short walk to the Jeep and we were on our way home. As we were leaving town, we could see the high speed ferry to Nova Scotia sitting at the dock.

I’ve been trying to get a picture of this wonderful wooden fisherman statue for a couple of days now and I finally did.

Back at the campground, we worked on finalizing our plans for an AirBnB in Denver for my nieces, October 21st wedding. Bob cooked lamb chops and asparagus on the grill for dinner with blueberry pie for dessert and we ate outside. It was a pleasant evening and we had an even better day in town.

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