We left on Friday morning and arrived at the stables mid afternoon. We settled the horses in and took a ride later on that night, just an easy 2.7 mile ride around Day Mountain. It was super hot, but it did cool down for a nice ride.
|We stayed at Wildwood. Great facility!|
|Shelly and McKeever are on the left, Dreamy and I are on the right. This was before our last ride on Sunday.|
|Pretending to be a cowgirl! ;-) There were three barns and they were super nice! Fully matted stalls, airy and safe! That weird rectangle thing is my iPhone....LOL!!|
|Headed out on the Access Road on our first ride that Friday night - 2.7 mile loop around Day Mountain|
|Yay! We are in Acadia!|
|Best view ever. :-)|
On Saturday, we woke up early to ride in the morning. I think we headed out by 8AM and rode until almost noon time. This time we did a big loop up around Jordan Pond and Bubble Pond, which was 8.3 miles total. It was overcast and a bit misty, but it was a welcome change from the intense heat of the week before. We met a ton of hikers and bikers, but they were all polite and interested in the horses. Many of them took photos of us, or even asked us to stop for a photo, which completely cracked me up. I told Shelly I felt like a movie star, and in the next group of bikers to come up behind me, one of the women said, "Hi movie stars!" LOL! Made me laugh! I am sure our small brush with paparazzi was quite enough to last me for the rest of forever. :-D
|This cracks me up! I am taking a pic with my iPhone. Ah, technology...|
|Admiring the gorgeous view of Jordan Pond. This place was magnificent!|
|Posing near Bubble Pond...|
|This trail along Bubble Pond was the most narrow of all the carriage trails.|
|Bubble Pond was gorgeous as well. The color of the water was really neat!|
After our Saturday morning ride, we decided to let the horses chill in their stalls while we got cleaned up and had lunch. It was beginning to clear and becoming sunny and HOT again. The horses were happy to relax and eat hay in their stalls throughout the middle of the day. Since we were staying in a tent at the stables, and there was only a toilet and sink at the barn, I really wanted a shower. I had washed my hair with the hose on Friday night, but it was time to actually get clean! LOL! I am not that tough to go without being clean. We found a place just down the road that had showers for $2, and it was clean and comfortable. After much needed showers, Shelly and I decided to wander around downtown Bar Harbor for a while. It was crazy busy with tourists, and in hindsight we will never drive down there again but take the bus from the stable (plus it is free to ride the bus!)! We found an expensive but yummy restaurant for lunch and wandered around in the many shops. I bought two small Acadia National Park sew-on patches (I have one from a trip back in college that I put on a backpack...same patch from the same shop...LOL!) and I plan to put them on a saddle pad for Dreamy! :-) We bought ice cream and fudge and had a nice walk around pretending to be tourists with too much money to spend. ;-) We bought steaks and corn-on-the-cob for our dinner at Hannafords and headed back to the camp/stable.
I was exhausted, as we had stayed up way too late the night before. I want to say it was 2AM before we fell asleep. We met some nice people and stayed up chatting and laughing at the communal fire pit. I desperately needed to rest if we were going to ride again that day. I slept for almost two hours, and then we fed horses and got ready for a sunset ride. We decided to go up Day Mountain, which was an easy trail and we knew we would be OK if it got a little dark on the ride back. It was 5.7 miles total, which included the summit.
|Almost to the summit!|
|We made it! It was soooooo incredibly gorgeous up there! You could see everything and the sunset was perfect. It was hard to capture on film.|
|The colors were stunning...|
|...and they kept changing.|
|Dreamy was hard to photograph as the light kept changing and well, it is only an iPhone 4 camera! LOL!|
We still had to cook our dinner when we got back, so after taking care of our horses and getting them settled for the night, we ate and relaxed around the fire. It was such a good time. I am not a big fan of sleeping in a tent, but I would do it in Acadia again in a heartbeat.
|Another pic...I loved the signage everywhere!|
We went down into the private carriage roads along Jordan Stream, and we rode about 6 miles. Bikers are prohibited from the private roads, so we never saw anyone through those trails. We went over some beautiful stone bridges and wooden bridges too. What amazes me is that the trails and bridges were all built just after the turn of the century from 1915-33 by JD Rockefeller. Everything is meticulously maintained, the trails are dragged and watered, and even the horse manure is picked up!
|Here is one of the gatehouses/gate lodges. Gorgeous!|
|At the gatehouses was the only spot we had to cross a paved road. Motorists were polite to us.|
|You can see we are going around the gate, to the right. McKeever's ears are green. ;-)|
|We even found a natural XC JUMP out in the private carriage roads! WHOOO!|
More pics are here in my FaceBook album.