Park Loop Road

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On Tuesday we drove the Park Loop Road at Acadia National Park.  It was a little overcast but still made for a beautiful day.  We made stops at  Sieur de Monts Spring, Bear Brook Picnic Area, Beaver Dam Pond, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cove and Bubble Pond.  We also stoped at the beginning of Precipice Trail which is at the base of Champlain Mountain.  The trail was closed due to the fact that the peregrine falcons were nesting in the cliffs.   We tried to get a look at the falcons from the base using our binoculars but were not able to see any.  We also tried to go by Wildwood Stables but this was also closed.  Bear Brook, Thunder Hole and Bubble Pond ended up being some of our more enjoyable stops.
  We ate lunch at the Bear Brook Picnic area and were able to see all kinds of wildlife.  We saw a racoon, black and white  warblers, cedar waxwings, pileated woodpeckers and what I think was a blackburnian warbler.  Thunder Hole is a great place to visit if you enjoy the sound of water hitting the rocks.  There is a little cavern on the rockface which the waves come splashing into causing a thunder like crash.  Our favorite stop of the day was by far Bubble Pond.  This "little" pond was as big as some lakes in West Texas.  This pond was incredibly peaceful.  It is encased in the woods which adds to the peacefulness by providing a sense of seclusion.  The water was incredibly clear and the stream flowing out of the pond was just breath takingly beautiful.  
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The water was soooooo cold!!!
The water was soooooo cold!!!
The view facing away from Sandy Be…
The view facing away from Sandy B…
The only sandy beach on Mount Dese…
The only sandy beach on Mount Des…
My wife...the cute lifeguard
My wife...the cute lifeguard
Thunder Hole
Thunder Hole
When the water comes splashing in …
When the water comes splashing in…
Jordan Pond
Jordan Pond
Bubble Pond
Bubble Pond
Peaceful
Peaceful
The stream flowing out of Bubble P…
The stream flowing out of Bubble …
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