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Christmas at the Gate Lodge

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By , December 20, 2011 1:01 pm

Acadia National Park held a holiday open house at the Jordan Pond Gate Lodge this past Saturday. It is the first time this building has been open to the public and the Holiday decor made it extra festive. As did the unexpected snow!

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More images will be uploaded to my web site soon. But right now it’s time for me to get in the holiday spirit and finish up some shopping! Happy Holidays!!!

The CARRIAGE ROADS of Acadia National Park

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By , April 10, 2011 10:19 pm

New edition just released….

Carriage-Roads of Acadia

The carriage roads are near and dear to my heart. The village area of  Seal Harbor  is my second home , and the carriage roads are just steps from my door. For getting around on them, Diane Abrell’s guide to the Carriage Roads is one of the best reference books you’ll find !

I still have my well worn first edition, and a much used second edition of this great reference book.  So I was honored when Down East asked to use my photos in this third edition of the book.

One of the things I reference  most in the book is the mileage between the sign markers. Though the maps show cumulative totals as the loop progresses, I  use that info to calculate distances in making my own loops. Do I want a short walk or an all day adventure? When other books give me time estimates, I always have to at least double the time. Not because I am a slow walker (well maybe a little)  but mostly because …I stop to take pictures! That takes time!  So with some experience, knowing the actual miles helps me plan better. And the descriptions of each loop will give you a good idea of the terrain, which is equally important as a hilly terrain will be much more time consuming and strenuous. All of this helps plan a great walk!

From the village of Seal Harbor one of my favorite custom loops, not in the book, is from the Jordan Pond Road Bridge head toward Redfield Hill Loop, at # 30 turn left, at 27 left, at 28 straight, to Cobblestone Bridge at #24. From here you can make a short loop back via Redfield Hill loop or a longer route back via the Jordan Stream Loop. This is the walk I took when I made the image featured on the cover. You can also get to the bridge from the Jordan Pond House by following the Jordan Stream Loop. The many maps in this book include the bridges and the intersection markers for easy reference.

There are so many variations! With this book as a guide you can introduce yourself to the most well known loops or  make your own. How about  including the Island Explorer bus to complete your route back to your car! That’s not in the book but easy to do.  Do you have a favorite custom loop? Add a comment here. Let’s share!

The inside of the book is printed with maps and graphics in mind so the black and white images don’t reveal the beauty of the seasons. To see the color versions these images go to

http://www.sueannehodges.com/roads

This gallery includes images of every carriage road bridge and more !

And don’t forget to share your favorite loop with us!

The book is available for purchase at

https://secure.downeast.com/books/maine/carriage-roads-acadia-national-park-3rd-edition.html

Brown Mountain Gate Lodge

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By , March 28, 2011 1:46 pm

Ever wonder what’s behind those leaded windows ? What it would be like to be inside ?

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On Saturday we got to find out when Acadia National Park hosted the first ever open house .

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Designed by Grosvenor Atterbury, a prominent New York architect, The Brown Mountain Gate Lodge was completed in 1933. The intention was to mark the entrance to the carriage roads and prevent automobiles from entering. Of course a gatehouse is also designed to house a gate keeper so it is designed to be a home. However I don’t believe there ever was a gatekeeper.  Today it houses seasonal park staff.

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There was a great turnout for the event. From the comments I think everyone had many various ideas of what the interior  might look like. My husband expected it to look like the inside of a castle, I had heard it was more simple and  I expected it to be cold and dark. We were both surprised. First by the warmth when we entered…there was heat! ( I thought it might have been shut off for the winter) And next by the warmth of the welcoming rangers  who had filled the kitchen with muffins, coffee, juice, and fruit. What a nice unexpected surprise!

Though the light was dim the rooms did not seem dark.  Light cascaded through the windows and down the stairs and the smaller bedroom windows created little nooks with a soft glow. Of course making photographs, handheld, was still a challenge…thank goodness for image stabilization, and the low noise/ high ISO of today’s cameras.

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The entire house was open for us to roam through. The first floor has as spacious kitchen, living room, and dining room, the second floor has 4 bedrooms, one bath, and many closets. Even the cellar was open for the public.

In addition to the touring the house there was a stone cutting demonstration by Steve Haynes, of the Maine Granite Museum and additional educational displays in the house.

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I have posted a gallery with many more photos of the events and  the gate lodge.

Click here to see it at     http://www.sueannehodges.com/gatehouse

THANK YOU to the park staff who made the day possible!

The Heart of Acadia

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By , September 13, 2010 9:12 pm

Hodges-DownEast0810The Carriage Roads are one of my favorite parts of Acadia. One day after it had been raining I walked to Cobblestone Bridge, one of my favorite places, and made a series of images. The timing was just right…soft light and flowing water made for successful conditions for  capturing the essence of the area. I am so happy Down East magazine choose to feature one of those images and a few of my other images for their recent article. I have been documenting the Carriage Roads for many years and have photographed every bridge. You can see more of those bridges on my site at this link http://www.sueannehodges.com/roads

2010 Guidebook is out!

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By , March 17, 2010 10:43 am

I am proud to have my work featured again in the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce 2010 Guidebook.

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The Bar Harbor visitors guide can be downloaded here or you can visit www.barharborinfo.com and request the printed version.

The cover image is of Cobblestone Bridge, one of the many bridges in the Carriage Road system in Acadia National Park. Forty-five miles of rustic carriage roads, the gift of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. and family, weave around the mountains and valleys of Acadia National Park and on some private land still owned by the Rockefellers but open to the public. The system includes 17 stone bridges. But this is the only bridge made of cobblestones. It is truely amazing! This image is taken early in the summer right after we had some rain so everything is fresh. Here are some more images from that day.

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Hodges-Acadia-08-8749I have photographed all of the 17 bridges and many of the Carriage Roads. I hope to have a section on my website dedicated to the carriage roads soon. Until then, you can see more images of them scattered throughout my site and you can learn more about them on the Acadia National Park site,  here.

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