Tour(ist)ing

Fish and I took a break from my chores yesterday to go to the Park. This time I brought my tripod and it makes a difference to me even if you can’t see it. πŸ™‚ I stopped at Yellow Bank for the first time to take some photos but spent most of the 2 hours at Liberty Point.

On our way there we also visited Eagle Hill Bog because I wanted to get a shot of the Pitcher Plants in full colour. I usually see their remnants in the off season. A couple of “helpful” tourists told me I’d missed them by about 3 weeks. However, I found this small group hiding near the walkway and I’m sure there are more in the distance. I’m just not willing to try and walk in a bog, particularly after 4 inches of rain.

Liberty Point has a number of things to recommend it – the views are obviously a high point. It’s also where you go if you need a cool breeze on a stifling hot day. It’s important to wear extra layers there in the winter – the wind can be fierce.

There are a couple of platforms set up for visitors to sit and look at the Wolves, Grand Manan, the Maine Coast, and the Bay. This is also the starting point for a trail that takes you along the cliffs and down the coast to Raccoon Beach.

A kilometer down the trail is a headland, visible from the platform in the photo. On top of it, apparently accessible to hikers, is the Sunsweep Sculpture. I say apparently because I’ve never made it. The distance doesn’t bother me but it is, I’m told, a very steep trail. I’ll get there someday.

The “Sunsweep International Art Project” was created by the late artist David Barr in 1985 to celebrate 3 national park locations with boundaries in both Canada and the US. All of the sculptures are in the US (the International Boundary runs through our Park) but you must pass through Canada to reach them. The Roosevelt International Park is one, Boundary Bluff in Pt. Roberts WA and American Point Island, Lake of the Woods, Minnesota are the other two. The sculptures all align to the North Star, solstices and equinoxes, and the three of them portray the path of the sun from east to west.

One of the prominent features of Liberty Point is the very large Sugarloaf Rock. I’ve heard of Sugarloaf Mountains in British Columbia, Maine, and Rio de Janeiro but had to google it to find out what the heck one is supposed to be. According to Wikipedia this refers to both a band and the way sugar was produced and sold. The images they show look like the cone of a rocket. I can’t see the resemblance here. To me it looks more like a frog.

The last photo is for Ahuva. She likes trees and rocks and water. I think it captures all three, albeit with a few trap buoys in the background. πŸ™‚

2 Comments

  1. thank you for my photo! LOVE the pitcher plants! they are one of nature’s neat tricks. πŸ™‚ glad you got to do some touristy things. maybe one day we can do touristy things together again.

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