1 It was a magnificent day for a hike around Jordan pond. The remnants of hurricane Earl were long gone.
2 This gorgeous pond is flanked on the west by Penobscot Mountain and on the northeast by the two mountains known as The Bubbles.
3 The water in Jordan Pond is crystal clear, with visibility normally 46 feet and, on occasion, up to 60 feet! The maximum water depth is 150 feet.
4 This pristine water serves as a public water supply for the nearby village of Seal Harbor.
5 The pond was formed by the Wisconsin Ice Sheet during the last glacial period.
6 An elevated footbridge over an inlet stream allows for higher water levels.
7 On very windy days, a white fluffy foam, caused by rippling water, washes up on shore.
8 The pond is home to landlocked salmon and lake trout. Fishing is allowed, but boats with motors over 10 horsepower are prohibited.
9 One edge of the lake has a wooden boardwalk. Hikers are asked to stay on the boardwalk to help preserve the beautiful and fragile surroundings.
10 A cormorant perched and waiting for its next meal. These expert swimmers dive and pursue fish underwater.
11 They are so adept at catching fish that in Asia, cormorants are used by fishermen who collar the leashed birds to prevent them from swallowing their catch.
12 Another rim of the lake trail is a pleasant gravel path.
13 Pond flora dancing with the ripples
14 A tribute to Joseph Allen - Chairman of Seal Harbor Path Committee 1914-1945 - lover of rocks and high places, builder of trails, conserver of natural beauty
15 A lovely view of the pond across a verdant heath
16 The Jordan family of Seal Harbor, for whom the pond is named, built their farmhouse near the pond. In the 1870s, the house became a restaurant, known as the Jordan Pond House.
17 The trail around Jordan Pond begins near the Jordan Pond House. It's so fun and convenient to enjoy tea and popovers after a vigorous hike.
18 The outdoor seating area offers spectacular views of the pond.
19 The inside seating area is also light and airy.
20 I love this classic, heavy duty restaurant ware made especially for Jordan Pond.
21 And these great napkins
22 Obviously, popovers, their claim to fame, are prominent on their menu.
23 But, there are many other great dishes to enjoy.
24 The North and South Bubbles grace the logo.
25 The Jordan Pond House is the only full-service restaurant located within Acadia National Park.
26 Waitress Emily presents a scrumptious basket of fresh and steamy popovers.
27 What a perfect pop!
28 The hollow inside of a popover - moist, warm, and yum!
29 Soft sweet butter and heavenly strawberry jam to accompany the popovers.
30 Freshly squeezed strawberry-infused lemonade is quenching after an energetic hike around the pond.
31 The tomato-basil bisque
32 A delicious vegetable quiche served with a fresh garden salad and cucumber-yogurt dressing flavored with fresh dill
33 The quiche is made with broccoli, mushrooms, and havarti cheese
34 How about dessert? Double rich brownie a la mode with homemade ice cream and chocolate sauce