Wednesday, November 15, 2017

THE EAGLE LAKE HOUSE REMAINS LOCATED

To begin with, the day begun with a trip to Eagle lake in search for the exact location where the steamboat use to dock at, close to the area where the dam is today.  We did find a lot of bricks scattered about the edge of the lake not too far from the dam, along with pieces of metal in the water, and a couple sections of granite blocks with a thick iron bar coming out of them, but that was it.  From the dam area there is a worn path along the edge of the lake which takes you to where the bricks are.
But anyone who has conducted one of these searches knows all too well, you often end up finding something you had no intention of looking for, as was the case today.  As we walked along the carriage road heading for the Eagle lake boat landing, I stopped to take a quick photo of a stone bench which over looks the lake.  My son said he saw what appeared to be part of an old foundation, to the left of the bench but further back toward the woods.  In the photo below you can see what caught his attention to the left of the stone bench
THE OLD EAGLE LAKE HOUSE - ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
.And yes, there is indeed a foundation back there with sections of wall piled here and there.  But before I go there, here is why I became convinced this was the remains of the Eagle lake House and not that of the Curran House.  If you stand and look out at the water, the first and much larger Curran House was located to the far right of the lake, well on the other side of the boat ramp, its location is easy to spot on old maps.  so too is the smaller Curran House, which was located very close to the dam and closer to the water.  And there was only three structures at the head of the lake, which leaves us with the Eagle lake House.
Just like with the Curran House, the Eagle Lake House also rented out rooms.  What I find amazing is how the park service exposed a small section of the foundation, since they have always gone to great lengths to keep these locations hidden.  In clearing brush to place the bench there, that action helped expose that small section of foundation.
close up view of the foundation, large sections of wall can be seen further in the trees
So once we got close to that small section of foundation we could see large sections of wall piled up further in the trees.  The photo below appears to be of a large flat slab of granite that appears to have been a step in front of a doorway.


From foundation you can see the Eagle Lake boat landing road in background.
So in the photo above, you can see this foundation is not too far from the short section of road leading to the boat landing.  At the base of a small hill further behind the foundation we found three large rusting metal containers that looked like they might of once held gasoline or something else.


The photo above was taken from behind the stone bench with sections of the foundation not far from the bench.
There is also a lost abandoned trail not too far away, which was named the Curran Trail back in the day.  It got its name because the trail began not far from the  the larger Curran House.  Sites on line claim the trail can no longer be found, but we were able to locates sections of it which ran very close to the water along the right hand side of the lake.  We did have to make our way around large sections of the trail because the trail had become so over grown in areas it was impossible to follow it, but once we got around the over growth areas, we were able to once again find and follow sections of the worn path.
As for the foundation of the larger Curran House located on the right side of the lake, we still have not located it.


EAGLE LAKE - ACADIA NATIONAL PARK








Wednesday, November 8, 2017

ABANDONED ENTRANCE INTO ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

Today Abbies Retreat is the name of a sun poach but that wasn't always the case.  Back in the late 1800's and early 1900's Abbies Retreat appears on old maps, and from what I can tell was the name of an area where house lots were for sale.  The land was owned by a Charles T. How who  was  a Boston real estate developer and lawyer.   At one time he was also one of Bar Harbors largest land holders.
CHARLES T. HOW STATUE - WOODBURY PARK
HOWE PARK ROAD - WOODBURY PARK
GPS for Woodbury Park is 44 23' 21" N latitude and 68 13' 18" W longitude
In the area of Abbies Retreat is a small triangle of land where the towns smallest park is located, named Woodbury Park, which seems only to exist so we never forget the name Charles How, since the park is in his memory, as a large statue tells us.  However the statue itself is a bit of a mystery, the park is in his memory yet the statue is of a women and three young children with no explanation on the statue.

The statue reads "To Charles T. How - the donor of Woodbury Park - 1915."  The only other writing on the statue is the name of then Scullptor, Partridge - 1915.  This was a summer resident named William Ordway Partridge.  And along one side of the park is a short section of road named How Road.  Some how the statue did something most of the areas mansions could not do, which was to survive the fire of 47.
I am not sure if this is the smallest park in the state, but it has to be pretty close to it.  As far as Howe Park Road - the entire road can be seen in the photo below and that has to be one of the shortest roads, at least one of the shortest roads I have ever come across.
ABANDONED ENTRANCE INTO ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
WOODBURY PARK - ABANDONED ENTRANCE TO ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

(if you turn off of West street Ext. and onto Bloomfield road, drive until you reach the stop sign, the old entrance into the park is right there on the left.  Right now there is a giant dumpster type metal container right in the middle of the old road.  A short ways in the path becomes a road.)

Just around the corner from Woodbury Park is a narrow dirt road, which is one end of the Woodbury Road, so not sure exactly where the name Woodbury Park and Woodbury Road came from, but I am pretty sure there must be a story behind it.
The reason for bringing up Woodbury Park is because one of the main ways into Acadia National Park today is up West Street Extention, but that wasn't always the case.  Back in the late 1800's and early 1900's West Street Extention did not even exist, in fact today's West street ran from the town pier up until Holland Ave where it stopped.    So West Street did not connect to Eden Street back than.  Another interesting piece, back than Eden Street was named Duck Brook road.
WOODBURY PARK

So the park service had to have another entrance point from town, and it was up Highbrook Road, running past one side of Woodbury Park, where it continued to an intersection which is still there today.  At the intersection, to the right is a few trailers, across the roadway to the right are more trailers, but straight ahead is the start of an old road, and that road was once the main way into the park back in the day.
ABANDONED ENTRANCE INTO ACADIA NATIONAL PARK STRAIGHT AHEAD
Above is a photo of the intersection of Chaplain Road and Bloomfield Road, the GPS for that intersection is 44 23' 22" N Latitude and 68 13' 29" W longitude.  That large metal crate straight ahead has set there for a few years, and the abandoned entrance into the park begins right behind the crate.  Starts as a narrow path following the edge of the woods before widening out as a road.  The photo was taken standing on the Chaplain Road looking across the Bloomfield road. 
NARROW PATH WIDENS TO ROAD


As we walked the old road, some places it was dirt, other places it was paved, and near the start of the road it is more like a well worn path which soon leads to a wider road.  We followed the road until it came out onto the Duck Brook Road, just as the map shows.  It can seem confusing looking at the map because a number of roads or streets are either missing or not there.  The start of the Duck Brook  Road for instance is not there because there is no West Street Extension.




Here road turns back to worn path just before connecting to Duck Brook Road.
To locate this abandoned entrance into acadia National Park, follow West Street Ext. and park at the start of the Duck Brook Road - this end of the Duck Brook road is blocked off and closed to traffic.  Walk down the road and follow the granite blocks on the right until they end, a worn path begins right there, and a very short ways as it moves to the right turns into a wider road.  In fact, as your following the granite blocks, if you look down into the woods on the right side of the road, you should clearly see the abandoned road.  Locals still use this as a short cut into the park.










"Schistostega Cave." of Bald Porcupine Island

  The following story concerns a deep cave on Bald Porcupine Island, which I had not heard about until now.


Report Rare Moss In Deep Cave On Bald Porcupine Island
The Bar Harbor Times;  July 24, 1962

Attention was brought this week to a little known geological attraction on Bald Porcupine Island when a group of scientists, headed by Dr. Philip R. White of Jackson Laboratory staff, explored "Schistostega Cave,"  or goblin's gold.
Personnel of the Expedition consisted of twelve scientists and students from the Jackson Laboratory, the Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory.
Dr. White's report of the unusual and interesting expedition follows;
"On the South face of Bald Porcupine Island, just at the edge of the 180 foot cliff and about a third of the way up the face there is a small but deep cave, known to a few of the more venturesome small boys of Bar Harbor but unknown to most of their elders.    In this cave is found an extremely rare and startlingly beautiful "Luminous" moss.  The moss forms patches on the rocks which in the semi-darkness of the deep cleft glow with a brilliant green light from thousands of tiny lenses like so many cat's eyes, or the most modern o0f roadside reflector signs.  Anyone who has seen it will never forget the experience.
The group went out in Leonard Youngs boat and after failing to effect a landing in the surf below the cave circled the island and went ashore in the calmer harbor waters just north of the breakwater.  With 150 feet of 3/4 inch rope furnished by the Park Service they worked their way about a mile through the woods to the top of the cliff above the cave.  The rope was tied to a tree  and than lowered over the precipice so that it hung across the mouth of the cave.  Jim Armstrong, one of the summer students, slid down the rope hand over hand but we doubt he would try it again.  The rest climbed down the less precipitous hillside nearer the breakwater, worked their way around the shore to the shingle below and than climbed up the rope the forty feet or so to the cave.
The cave itself, which appears to be a fault in the rock partly cleared out by a glacial stream, goes back at least 100 feet into the hill.  The boys who went furthest in with flash lights, still could not see the end of the cleft. About 80 feet from the mouth of the cave a cross had been scratched on the rock and there was evidence of someone having dug below it (hidden treasure, Indian burial or just small boys?)  Dr. Robert Spiers of Jackson Laboratory acted as official photographer and took pictures both inside and  outside the cave.  The scientists returned with specimens of the moss, photographs, some sun burn and sore muscles, but a great deal of satisfaction.
The cave is an interesting part of Bar Harbors many sided attractions which deserves to be protected.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

BAR HARBOR HORSE SHOWS AND ROBINHOOD PARK

The Maine Memory Network says "In 1900 Colonel Edward Morrell of Philadelphia made the park grounds on his land available to the newly founded Horse Show and Fair Association in Bar Harbor."
In the early 1900's horse races were also held there, with the race trace being at the location of where Jaclson Labs is located today.  Robin Hood Park also had a  campground, located on the grounds of today's Bear Brook Picnic Area in Acadia National Park.  On a tip, we visited the picnic area and walked into the woods at the far right off the picnic area.  In a short time we located a number of standing fence posts that were once connected with that race track, as well as a number of posts either leaning or laying on the ground.
ROBIN HOOD PARK HORSE SHOW

We followed the fence posts all the way to the rear of the buildings on Jackson Labs property.  It was pretty cool knowing we had located a historic site in the middle of nowhere and that after all those years a number of the fence posts were still standing today.
BEAR BROOK PICNIC AREA - Once home to a campground connected to Robin Hood Park

At the United States History website I found the following, "Colonel and Mrs. Louise Drexel Morrell built St. Edwards Convent in 1916 and gave it to The Holy Redeemer Church. Col. Edward Morrell and Louise's likenesses can be seen in stained glass windows in the chapel on the second floor. Louise Morrell was a sister to St. Katherine Drexel, who was canonized in 2000. The convent is now the home of the Bar Harbor Historical Society Museum."
From the book, Bar Harbor in the roaring Twenties, it says the town helped create the Bar Harbor horse shows as a way to attract people to the area.  It goes on to say "Summer Resident and horse lover
REMAINS OF ROBIN HOOD PARK FENCE - in woods behind Jackson Lab

Philip Livingston stepped in as President and used his blue blood connections to ensure that high society would patronize the event."  With his leadership the the Bar Harbor horse shows went on to become one of the premier events along the East Coast.
The book also states that Robin Hood Park was also where the Morrell estate was located.  It is interesting to note that many of the winners of the Bar Harbor horse shows went on to the National Horse Show which was held in Madison Square Garden, so you can see that Robin Hood Park was a pretty big deal back than.
In the book, "Indians in Eden: Wabanakis and Rusticators on Maine's Mt. Desert" it says Edward Morrill made his land at Robinhood Park available to the Bar Harbor horse shows that were taking place at the horse track at Kebo Golf Course.
The very first KEBO VALLEY GOLF CLUB

the book states that during the 1890's, Kebo Valley grounds were developed to include tennis courts, croquet lawns, a ball field and a golf course, as well as a race track where horses from the Pulitzer family competed for the coveted "Cottager's Cup."  It states that members from the Sears and Van Nest families, among others, attended these events.  It also goes on to say that for a dozen years the Robin Hood Park area was home to the Bar Harbor Horse shows.  These horse shows continued for many years, with a young son of John D. Rockefeller - David Rockefeller riding his pony Sunset in the 1925 "Fancy Dress" Competition.  It goes on to state that ten year old David won the event.
TODAYS JACKSON LAB - ONCE HOME OF ROBINHOOD PARK

Thursday, November 2, 2017

THE DEER BROOK TRAIL AND PET CEMETERY

So this evening I was just doing some random Google searches on acadia National Park when I came across a story about the Stephen King movie, "Pet Cemetery".  As it turns out, a hiking trail in Acadia National Park, at least sections of that trail, was used in the movie - something I was not aware of. 
"An elegant rehabilitation, led by the park’s trails crew, gave the Deer Brook Trail a major facelift, but the old rooty section was ideal for a spine-chilling scene in “Pet Sematary,” filmed in Maine in 1988, according to a newly released documentary on the movie production."
Sadly, like so many other things that once were, the section of the trail used in the movie was redone by the park and the large scary roots used in the movie are gone.
"Gary Stellpflug, trails foreman at Acadia National Park, said the rehabilitation of the Deer Brook Trail occurred during parts of two summers and then a portion of a third summer.
DEER BROOK TRAIL - ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

Stellpflug said the mangled tree roots needed to be replaced with the stairway and log cribbing."
If you are familiar  with the movie, the trail appears as Dale Midkiff and Fred Gwynne, are hiking along a trail on their way  to a Micmac burial ground, where the dead – both pets and people – resurrect after interment.
It's the section with the large old roots they have to cross that were shot along the Deer  Brook Trail.  The following was stated in the article, "The Deer Brook Trail was not identified by name in the movie or in a new documentary about the film, but Charlie Jacobi, a resource specialist at Acadia, confirmed that the Acadia trail, situated off a carriage road, was a location in the movie."
Pretty interesting stuff since I am a huge fan of Stephen King and old scary roots.

Friday, October 20, 2017

THE BUILDING OF THE ARTS



BUILDING OF THE ARTS - BAR HARBOR MAINE
The Building of the Arts was built with the summer population in mind and had the backing of some of Bar harbor's wealthy citizens, including George B. Dorr, who is often called the Father of Acadia National Park, Mr. Vanderbilt and Mrs. Rober Abbe. along with over a dozen others.    One Mr. Guy Lowell of Boston Massachusetts was the architect charged with the task of designing the building.  The building was said to have cost "a good  many thousands of dollars."  The structure was completed in the years 1906 - 1907.
BUILDING OF THE ARTS _ BAR HARBOR MAINE

If it were not for old photos, it would be hard today to imagine just how beautiful the building was.  It's roof had red tiles that were designed just for the building.  It featured ten columns that were said to be the largest columns ever turned in Maine, with each column being 24 feet high and three feet in diameter.
The base of the building is of concrete and is on the plan of a Greek temple with steppe base very carefully carried out.  The auditorium was said to be small for that time,  70 feet by 33 feet, and had a total seating capacity of 300.  Large windows allowed the daylight to flood in while giving those seated inside great views of the outside.
When the Building of the Arts opened its doors to the public for the first time on June 13, 1907, the show featured Emma Eames, who was at that time one of the world's leading lyric sopranos.  Over the next 35 years the Building of Arts held concerts and shows by Ernest Schelling, Paderewski, Walter Damrosch, dancer Ted Shawn, Josef Hofmann, and many others, including celebrated stars from Hollywood and Broadway.
The Surry Players often put on shows there, and one show included a young actor named Henry Fonda.  The building also hosted many serious lectures and art exhibits, and was home to the than well attended Bar harbor Sweet Pea competition.
VIEW TOWARD MOUNTAINS - BUILDING OF THE ARTS - BAR HARBOR MAINE
 The photo above gives us  some what of a view one would of seen from the Building of the Arts site.  Back than I am pretty certain many of the now large tree's would not of been blocking much of the view as it now does. 
Perhaps one of the most famous people at that time to make use of the building of the Arts was the renowned dancer  Vaslav Nijinsky, who had been sent to Bar Harbor to spend the summer here at the Malvern.  He would often go to the Building of the arts to practice his dancing.  No record has ever been found of him actually performing here, though.
Once World War 2 came along, the building fell upon hard times, in part because of gas rationing, which saw the stream of summer visitors dry up.  For some time Rockefeller tried to keep the shows going, but by 1944 he decided to sell the building to Consuella de Sides, though on a second account it lists  Earl D. and Charles A. Holt as purchasing the building for a sum of $305.24.  Four years later they are said to have sold it to Consuella de Sides,  whose stated goal was to once again restore the building of the Arts back to the glory of its hey days.  That dream ended in October of 1947 when the Great fire raced through the area, leveling the building.
BUILDING OF THE ARTS FOUNDATION - BAR HARBOR MAINE

Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor was founded in 1888 and is the eighth oldest club in the United States. Among the celebrities who have graced its fairways are President William Taft, Hall-of-Fame golfer Billy Casper, and the legendary Walter Hagen. Hagen’s score of 67 stood as the course record for 50 years, and he called the signature eighth hole “one of the toughest par 4’s I have ever played.”  And while on vacation here President Obama played golf here.
The nearby Kebo Golf Course in those days featured golf, horse shows and tennis.  The golf club itself attracted many a famous person, one being President Taft.  It was at the "Elbow Hole" where President Taft  carded a 27 in the shadow of the Building of the Arts.  The "Elbow Hole" today is the 17th hole.


 To the right of the cross walk is a large stone with the words Stratheden Path which marks the original starting point of the Stratheden path.  Today that trail begins along the One Way section of the Park Loop Road, just past the Kebo Mountain Trail.  The section of the trail between the Cromwell Harbor Road and the Park Loop Road was abandoned many years ago, most likely because the Kebo Golf Course was expanded, or perhaps they just didn't like a path cutting through the course any longer.
Stratheden path. - ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
 
Once you know where to look for the location of where the building once stood, finding it is fairly easy.  Turn off of the Eagle Lake Road - route 233, onto the Cromwell Harbor road near the Kebo Golf course.  Continue down Cromwell Harbor Road until you get to this cross walk, to the left you can see an old wooden fense and a subdivision sign touting house lots for sale.  Just to the right of the paved road leading into the subdivision is a small field where you can see piles of debris, which is what remains of the building of the arts.  as you get closer you can see the entire foundation with dirt piles in it.
Sadly, as we were taking photos today, several people were standing higher up the banking overlooking the site, with what appeared to be a set of blueprints they were looking at.  Some where in the near future they may well be a house built on this site, which means the remains of this once historic building will be carted off and the site leveled - I hope that's not the case, but as they say, you can't stop progress.

BUILDING OF THE ARTS - BAR HARBOR MAINE
BUILDING OF THE ARTS - BAR HARBOR MAINE


President Taff with Building of the Arts in background



Sunday, September 17, 2017

TRAIL TALK

 We just added several links to some really nice free old maps online, some you may of been to, others may be new - check em out. 

LINKS TO FREE ONLINE MAPS


THE BOYD STEPS AND THE BOYD ROAD
So we are currently working on finding out about a mysterious set of stone steps somewhere along the side of Eagle Lake.  I got a tip on these steps but the person could not recall where they saw them some years ago.  I did find a piece on line that talks about Eagle Lake and a set of stone steps leading from the lake to the Boyd Road.....so that is what we are currently attempting to track down.
In Pathmakers it talks about a Boyd path beginning in Seal Harbor, yet in another section under Boyd Path, Pathmakers  #38, it talks about a set of stone steps at the south end of Eagle lake, and the old Eagle Lake carry trail, which it paints as a trail in vary poor condition.  Yet the word Byod isn't mentioned at all in #38.  That said, it does talk about a old set of stone steps not far from the lake.
I found the following in an old copy of the Bar Harbor Times;
 Aug. 23, 1922  Bar Harbor Times
The South Ridge Trail of Green Mountain to the Boyd Road was cleared and ten cairns erected.  The trails around the foot of Eagle lake down to Bubble Pond and along the West side of the Boyd Road steps being also built over the toboggan slide at the lake were also cleared.
I believe there was two toboggan runs, one down the side of Kebo Mountain onto the golf course, and one down the side of Green Mountain onto Eagle lake.
update;
Just located the Boyd Road on a 1911 map, wow, learn something new every day.  The Boyd Road was todays carriage road that runs along one side of Eagle Lake, it crosses over the current Park Loop road and follows along one side of Bubble Pond, just as todays carriage road there does today.  And by one end of Eagle Lake you can see the word "Carry" which I now believe is where those old stone steps might be.  We still need to get over there on foot to confirm where the stone steps are.
BOYD ROAD - 1911 MAP OF ACADIA NATIONAL PARK



THE EAGLE LAKE HOUSE
Today we stumbled upon another find along the shores of Eagle lake, that being the remains of the old Eagle Lake House.  As often happens, out trip to the lake was not in search of The Eagle Lake House, we were looking for signs of where the steamboat once docked at not far from the dam.  As we were leaving, i stopped to take a photo of a stone bench over looking the lake, when my son spotted what he thought was a section of foundation off to one side of the stone bench but further back toward the tree's.  We stepped into the woods behind the bench and there it was.  So yeah, the day turned out pretty good.  At first, however, I was convinced we had located the remains of the Curran House, but once we got back to the house and studied old maps and read a couple old articles on both the Curran House and the Eagle Lake House, it quickly became clear which of the two it was.  I will be putting up a blog with photos on this find.


UPDATE ON THE ABANDONED HOUSE OF EAGLE LAKE
 So we just learned some new details concerning the abandoned house of Eagle Lake, or as Matt from Leave The World Below calls the site, the Stone Arches, which by the way, I prefer the name he calls the site since it better describes whats there.  According to Maine - Parks and Natural attractions website, it was Philip Livingston who owned land along that side of Eagle lake and who had begun to build a house there.  It also states, as I had already reported on, that it was George B. Dorr who joined the Bar Harbor Water company and helped purchase all the land surrounding the lake to forever protect it from development.  What I don't yet know, and perhaps some one out there knows the answer to this, was Mr. Door an actual member of the Water company, or did he simply help them purchase the land?
Another article I found on the Stone Arches stated that it was George B. dorr who approached the family building the house and he talked them out of finishing the house, leaving behind the foundation with its large arches.



A DEATH AT THE GREAT CAVE 

I have done a blog or two on what i believe to be the youngest person to die on the Precipice, but just came across new information that finally fills in the gaps.  

Lucreatia K. Douglas - just shy of age 12, was the girl who ended up at the bottom of a cliff with a large boulder on top of her.  I had not known until now that the large boulder had come to rest on top of her.  I also now know who the 12 year old friend that was with her that day was - Almira Conners.  As it turns out a number of women and young girls headed up to the Great Cave for a picnic, picking wild blueberries along the way.  After the picnic everyone started back down the mountain side except for the two girls, who remained behind to pick more berries.  There are two different accounts of how the two young girls ended up going over the cliff, but over it they did go.  Almira Conners survived the fall by landing in the branches of a tall tree which broke her fall, along with her arm.  She remained caught up in the top of that tree all that evening and night, when the next day a farmer out to mow hay heard her distant cries for help.  The complete story on this tragic event can be found in Deaths of Acadia National Park as well as on my blog on this event.


ACADIA NATIONAL PARK TO BE RENAMED ROCKEFELLER NATIONAL PARK

The National Parks are suppose to be the peoples parks, but sadly this will soon no longer be the case if Acadia National Park has its way.  They are proposing a weekly pass to increase from $25 to $70 - a staggering rate increase in an attempt to cut down on over crowding.  In theory, it may sound like a wise approach, but in reality it redefines what a National Park is, turning its beauty over to the Haves and locking out the Have Nots.
If you are in the ranks of the low income, this staggering rate increase will in essence make a trip to Acadia National Park unattainable.  And the same holds true if your on a fixed income.  And i would argue that many who can afford such a huge rate increase will say thanks, but no thanks - choosing instead to spend their vacations at State parks or places like Baxter State park or private campgrounds with scenic views but much much lower fees.
For me, this is not so much of a big deal as one of the entrances to the National Park is practically on my front door steps, so I can slip in and out of the park and enjoy it all day without ever encountering a park ranger, so my outrage is for those who don't have such an opportunity.  Locking an entire section of the population out of the National Park is not the answer, and those pushing for such plan should be ashamed of themselves.  Acadia National Park is not Rockefeller National Park, its the peoples park, and those entrusted  with its care should never forget that.
There are many other ways to address the problems of over crowding, such as outright banning cars from the Park Loop Road and putting in place an affordable bus system.  You could also simply ban all cars from parking anyplace but in established parking areas, the system in place today encourages over crowding by allowing parking in the right hand lanes.
What is really needed is to take the decision out of the hands of the Park Service and put in place a council or think tank to come up with ideas to address over crowding that make sense, and allow the national Park to remain the peoples park.  A board that is made up of people from the Rv and camping industry, the AMC and other outdoor organizations as well as people who represent local business.  The tried and true approach of raising park fee's may have worked well at one time, but clearly another approach is needed.
And on a final point, has anyone behind this foolish plan even considered what it will do to Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds?  In order to stay at those campgrounds, located with the national Park, a park entrance fee is automatically added to the price of a reservation at either of those campgrounds.  Once tenter's see they are getting hit with a $70 park pass on top of their tenting pass, most will say No Thanks, it is simply too much for tenter's to bear.  And I doubt the massive rate increases will set well with the RV folks as well.
There is some hope, as some members of Congress have gotten word of the parks plans and have raised more than their eyebrows, as they should.  What say you...


So this evening we headed over to Kebo Golf Course to once again search for the lost remains of the Building of the Arts.   We believe we finally have located the site and below are three photos we took after sunset.






So I recently had some problems with my blogs on Blogger, people contacting me that one blog disappeared, others saying all my blogs went down for a short time, and I been trying to get to the bottom of it.  I was told someone had been attempting to hack into them, and was blocked.  But today, in part, Blogger had this to say;
"Upon further review we have determined that your blog was mistakenly marked as a TOS violator by our automated system."  So it would appear my problems were caused by an automated system or computer program, which targeted me as breaking the rules of the site when I in fact was not breaking any rules.  Interesting.  At least they told me they were sorry about this.

revisited the Green Mountain Railroad Trail today, as soon as we reached the tiny pull over and looked across the park Loop Road we noticed right away that some one had cleared out some branches and brush as to fully expose the starting point of the trail.....wow.  My son wondered if perhaps the Park Service might of done it, maybe  getting ready to open the trail.  I told him that would never happen for a few reason;  1st;  it was never an official trail, 2nd; all those railroad spikes sticking up out of the granite pose a health risk if you fall upon one.
The condition of the trail today was really the best it has ever been in, mainly due to the  dry spell.  Areas of the trail that have always been extremely slippery were dry and we were able to move right along.  I stopped and spent some time taking photos and video of the section of the trail with the built up railroad bed.  At my second favorite area of the trail I did video and photos once again of the only section of rail along the trail.  When the trail ended we simply walked straight ahead a short ways through the woods to the Cadillac Summit Road, a short ways from the peak of Cadillac Mountain.


Spent yesterday evening getting some GPS numbers for the following trails - Compass Harbor, Dorr Bike Path, and Jackson Lab-Bear Brook Picnic area Path.  I was surprised to see just how good of shape the Dorr Bike Path was in,   I wish we had left a little earlier in the day, would of loved to walk the dry brook up to Huguenot Head.  It is the route the old black and white trail took, we hiked down it but never up it, and now that we know for certain that there is a cave up there somewhere, it's enough to keep you awake nights just thinking about it.


I was walking down the Cromwell Harbor Road the other day when I noticed a large stone on the side of the Kebo Golf course that had been engraved.  In all the years I have walked that route, I had never noticed the stone before,  and it was engraved "Strathlden Path."  It is an interesting find because today this trail or path begins along the one way section of the Park Loop Road, just past the Kebo Mountain  Trail.

Years ago a number of trails use to have their trail heads located a lot closer to town
It is interesting to note that a section of abandoned trail was once located across the roadway from the  Strathlden Path and Kebo Mountain Trail.  Clearly it would appear the Strathlden Path began at one time off of the   Cromwell Harbor Road, which makes some sense if you have studied old maps.
The gorge Trail once began off of the Eagle lake Road, close to the Cleftstone Road.  So did the Cadillac Mountain North ridge Trail  also begin in this area.  These trails ran from Eagle Lake road through the woods over to the Mountain Ave. street, before coming to an intersection and going off in different directions.
If the Strathlden Path began where that stone is located, it would of run right past the old Building of the Arts which was once located on the golf course.  As far as the old section of the gorge Trail and Cadillac North ridge trail goes, there is a well worn old trail which begins off an old abandoned road - the road begins directly across the road from the Cleftstone Road.  And just like on the old maps, it runs over to Mountain Ave, with one leg of the old trail running up toward the Cadillac North Ridge Trail.
Stone Steps Across road from Kebo Mountain Trail, now part of a new trail.

Cleftstone Road also was where some of the old abandoned trails once began.  At the corner of Cleftstone and Eagle Lake Road the old Bracken Trail once began.  further along the Cleftstone Road the Great Hill summit Trail began.  And at the corner of Cleftstone and West Street Ext. yet another trail up Great Hill Began.
Engraved Rock on Right

It was over twenty years ago that I first located a set of old stone steps along the one way section of the Park Loop Road.  The steps are located directly across the road from the start of the Kebo Mountain Trail.  The good news is that a few years ago the Park Service used those steps as part of a new trail they built which runs past the steps, connecting the Cadillac Mountain North Ridge Trail to the gorge Trail.  Sadly, they chose to destroy the old abandoned trail that ran from those steps straight down the hill side, where it crossed a brook and came to the edge of the Kebo Golf course.
That section of trail they destroyed was either one section of the Stratheden Path or a lost section of the Kebo Mountain Trail.  I say destroyed because if you stand at the bottom of those steps today you would never believe that a trail ever ran straight down through the woods there, yet it did.  They covered it over with dirt and did some plantings over it and now it really is lost to future generations.
As you can see from the photos I have added, there is a cross walk along the Cromwell Harbor road that is right near the engraved rock.  The map has the GPS numbers for the rock.

UPDATE;
 So we returned back to the Stratheden Path yesterday and when we arrived at the Hemlock Trail Head, we located the second  engraved stone, hiding in plain sight as it were.  I have hiked past that stone more times than I can count and have never noticed it before now.
2ND ENGRAVED STONE - HEMLOCK TRAIL HEAD
We did search around the Spring House but were not able to locate the third engraved stone on this trip, maybe next time.  We did see that the spring area is getting a make over and that the stone George B. Dorr had engraved with the words "Sweet Waters of Acadia" is now in plain sight right in front of the spring.
GEORGE B. DORR - SWEET WATERS OF ACADIA

We than traveled over to the Bear Brook Picnic area and entered the woods to the far right, and fairly quickly located what remains of the fence posts that once surrounded the horse racing track that once operated in that area.  You can easily see the back of Jackson Lab from the fence posts, in late Autumn anyways.
It was really cool to locate those old fence posts.
RACE TRACK FENCE POSTS - BEAR BROOK PICNIC AREA - ACADIA NATIONAL PARK