Hiking on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean

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The road to Bar Island earlier today and just before leaving to the island

If have describe so many hikes in my weblog. I am sure I am driving non hikers completely crazy with them. Many of them are hikes in the hills or mountains. Some of them are my (in)famous "Manhattan's Avenues" hikes. But the hike I did at the end of this day was a very unusual one, a hike at the "bottom" of the ocean!!

How does this work? Well, right across the waterfront of Bar Harbor, about 500 meters into the sea is an island called Bar Island. Bar Island is a small uninhabited tidal Island, this means that the island gets accessible during specific time frames when the sea level is low enough. About 50% of the island is also part of the Acadia National Park, so, it is possible to hike there. But the most spectacular thing is crossing the half-kilometer-long temporary path.

Hiking on the bottom of the Ocean

I was so lucky that the tidal scheme was in my favor. Today, at 18:27, the tide would be at its lowest point. A park ranger had advised me to try to cross after 17:00 pm which worked perfectly with my other hikes today. Earlier that day I had visited the site to compare the situation, and at that time I only saw a huge mass of water with pretty high waves.

When I arrived at the spot this looked totally different. The sea was gone, like with Moses in the Bible, end a pretty good (not muddy) sand surface had replaced the roaring water mass I had seen earlier today.

A sign and a tidal table at the trail head warned hikers to carefully plan their hikes because if you come back too late the road back to the main land may have gone, which means, a stay overnight on the island.... It has happened that hikers parked their car too close to the water and found it submerged when they returned.

Sunset and high tide coming in
See here for a video of a car that (probably) did not make it back in time.

The island is not that spectacular, it is hilly and has a lot of trees. Unlike the many other visitors I hiked to the highest point of the island, which is 60 meters (197 ft) above sea level. I also tried to cross the island to the north shore, which was no too easy. I stayed until about 19:15 hrs and then walked back slowly. The walkway did not seem to be flooded soon, the highest tide would be at 0:38 tonight. While walking back I was feasted on a terrific sunset. My last sunset in Acadia National Park.

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The road to Bar Island earlier tod…
The road to Bar Island earlier to…
Hiking on the bottom of the Ocean
Hiking on the bottom of the Ocean
Sunset and high tide coming in
Sunset and high tide coming in
The road to Bar Island earlier tod…
The road to Bar Island earlier to…
No mud on the path, no grass, but.…
No mud on the path, no grass, but…
Hiking on the bottom of the Ocean
Hiking on the bottom of the Ocean
Bar Island
Bar Island
Warning messages and tidal table
Warning messages and tidal table
The summit of Bar Island
The "summit" of Bar Island
Bar Harbor, Dorr Mountain and Cadi…
Bar Harbor, Dorr Mountain and Cad…
View from the other side of the is…
View from the other side of the i…
Sunset and high tide coming in
Sunset and high tide coming in
Sunset and high tide coming in
Sunset and high tide coming in
Sunset and high tide coming in
Sunset and high tide coming in
Sunset and high tide coming in
Sunset and high tide coming in
Sunset and high tide coming in
Sunset and high tide coming in
Sunset and high tide coming in
Sunset and high tide coming in
Sunset and high tide coming in
Sunset and high tide coming in
Bar Island - ME
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