1 This was the beginning of the ride once we entered Acadia National Park near Wildwood Stables. We had to ride through the back streets of seal harbor village to enter the park.
2 The side walls of the carriage roads have lichen, moss, and ferns and are beautiful objects themselves.
3 Ramon and Betsy up ahead - Ramon loved the ride especially on the shady roads, like this one.
4 The woods are pretty pristine, but there are stakes and blown down trees along the way.
5 Even small rivulets have been lined with stone by the fastidious road builders.
6 Craggy rock outcroppings are evident everywhere, cut away in many instances by the road builders, in order to make road beds along the steep inclines.
7 Spruce and fir cling with shallow roots to the tops of the granite rocks.
8 Soaring trees, some of them aged and failing, shade the forest floor and the carriage roads.
9 This lovely bridge crosses the paved Park Loop Road seen under the bridge.
10 These rocks, called Rockefeller Teeth, often line the edges of the carriage roads and Park Loop Road.
11 The road rises gently, but surprisingly steeply, to the cliffs above Jordan Pond.
12 Some trees develop large bumps along the trunks. All I could think of was bowl making. These burls are natural deviations in the cells of branch buds, causing deformations along the trunks.
13 These burls would actually make some interesting bowls of varying sizes.
14 The only problem we and the horses encountered on this ride were the bicyclists, who rode in packs and were noisy, fast, and a bit careless around the horses. There are posted signs with guide rules for bikers, hikers, and horseback riders which are pretty clear about etiquette on the carriage roads.
15 The forests above Jordan Pond are pretty majestic and healthy and very beautiful to look at along the ride.
16 The roadsides in the park are kept neat and clean by hikers, bikers, and riders alike. Everyone appears to respect the natural beauty of the parks.
17 This was our first glimpse of Jordan Pond through the trees.
18 There is a giant rock slide south of Deer Brook Bridge.
19 As we approached the summit, (we had been riding for two hours at this point) the views of the bubbles, the pond, and the forests emerged as if by magic!
20 More of the rock slide - There are several such slides in the park, all pretty ancient and very difficult to climb.
21 Everyone in this picture is on a bicycle, except for Betsy, who is astride Ramon in front of me. The drop to the right is almost two hundred feet and the views are really spectacular.
22 The clouds were rolling over the tops of the mountains and there was a lone kayak in the middle of Jordan Pond.
23 More of the rock below the mountain tops - such a beautiful contrast of color!
24 The big hill in the center is South Bubble, and to the rear, left, is the North Bubble. Pemetic Mountain rises to the right. At 1234’ above sea level, Pemetic Mountain is the fourth highest peak in Acadia National Park.
25 Ramon and Betsy rambling along
26 Many of the huge granite rocks are marked with glacial scrapes.
27 The forest on this trail is comprised of old growth birch, pine, fir, and spruce. There are some maples and oaks also.
28 We came upon another burl just sitting, like a creature from outer space.
29 This is the upper rampart of the Deer Brook Bridge.
30 Each of the 16 bridges in the park are made from the local pink granite. The huge stones are hand cut and flamed.
31 The old wooden signposts clearly mark the trails and roads.
32 Every crossroad should be marked. When one is not, which is rare, it is time to get confused!
33 Rinze and I at the end of our long ride around Jordan Bubble Pond Loop. He looks fresh and perky despite the heat.
34 Here we are crossing another of the big stone bridges ones finds along the carriage roads in Acadia.
35 This part of the trail is very comfortable and soft on the horses' hooves.
36 I am constantly photographing while on foot or horseback.
37 Almost home and very relaxed