Tucked in the hills south of Bar Harbor, near Northeast Harbor is a well-thought out and beautiful garden. The Thuya Garden Preserve and Asticou Terraces are the legacy of Joseph Henry Curtis, a Boston landscape architect and civil engineer. Curtis enjoyed the cool summer months in Northeast Harbor during the golden era until his death in 1928.
Verdant and filled with summer blooming annuals and perennials and meandering pathways through the garden provides a peaceful respite from the busy Bar harbor.
The original Thuya Lodge and out buildings have been updated and hold large botanical book library.
This morning began with an extra early start. It seems that not only does the sun begin to rise around 4:30 a.m., the birds do as well. One in particular was incessantly singing outside of my window. Since I couldn’t identify it by its song, of course I got up and began exploring.
Three hours into the balsam fir forest along the meandering babbling brook with the song birds high in the trees. Luckily I had put on plenty of bug spray as the mosquitoes were voracious. Of course, only I would go out into the woods without a trail map, no GPS, and no cell service. I started heading up another trail and decided it would be better if I went back and actually read the trail map before heading back out again.
I heard plenty of birds, but didn’t see a single one ! Dejected, but not beaten I returned home in hopes for some more successful bird outings.
Of course, the first day in vacation in Maine, and the obligatory Downeast Lobster Bake was thoroughly enjoyed at Stewman’s Lobster Pound on Bar Harbor’s Waterfront.
The Thuya Gardens was a wonderful discovery. Finally I was able to see some birds, including a Black-Throated Green Warbler. The bird that had started singing at 4:30am?? Well, that was a Common Yellowthroat that sang non stop for over FIVE hours. I love birds, but it was a bit much to take.
No set plans for the morning, other than a return to Thuya gardens to track down some more birds. Who knows where my footsteps will lead me on this beautiful island.