Monday, October 8, 2012

October 6th – Leaf-Peeping in Bar Harbor

Today we visited the charming little resort town of Bar Harbor, on Mount Desert Island in Maine. In the summer, people flock here for its relaxed unspoilt atmosphere and for its beaches, while in autumn, the main attraction is the changing colours of its fall foliage in the stunning Acadia National Park.

It appears that it's been an unusually warm summer up here, so the leaves are changing a little later than usual; but, even though the leaves aren't yet in full colour, there's still a fair amount of flaming reds and bright oranges to be seen amongst the densely forested hills of the island.

The fog that had been following us has lifted a little, but not as far as the top of Cadillac Mountain, which was blanketed in fog, which made our trip up there to enjoy the views a little redundant. However, at sea level, the countryside was typically beautiful – wild coastlines, thick forests reflected in clear lakes, and gentle green hillsides.

This is a stunning part of the world – fingers crossed that the weather will allow it to live up to its potential when we get back here in a few days time.