Today we started out on our motorcycle heading to MDI with Sheila and Bryan excited to share with them what has become our favorite pastime. Our hopes was to first get into the Jordan Pond House early for their famous Popover. After riding around the parking lot a number of times we were able to secure a parking space at one of the extended parking areas to squeeze our two bikes into. There were many cars behind us that were hoping for a spot just like ours...but they had to move on. Gotta tell you I was happy to have that spot. There was a short walk through the woods trail to the restaurant...it was all good. The temperature was in the 80's at eleven thirty so we took it slow. When we got there I noticed a table set up outside the restaurant and the Friends of Acadia were canvasing for donations and new members. Dave and I were interested but more interested in a Popover and Tea at that moment...so went inside to reserve a table...with the parking lot full to over flowing today and tourists everywhere...I thought there might be a long wait for seating. I was surprised when they seated us immediately. The menu had so many wonderful options but today we were interested in trying the Popover and Tea. I wanted to experience what it might have felt like when the ladies and gents back in the early 1900's rode their carriages here to socialize and enjoy their afternoon tea and popover-for us it was sharing it with our friends from the 21st century. The 21st century is the Anno Domini era or the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. It began on January 1, 2001, and will end on December 31, 2100. I wonder what the next century will bring to this very spot we stand.
After Popovers Dave and I became members of the Friends of Acadia. We are excited to help with the trails and volunteer work. Anything to get us out on the trails more and down to MDI.
I thought maybe the foundations may have burned in the fire but in reading I found that the area around Jordan pond escaped a fire in 1867 and the great fire in 1947 where 17,000 acres burned for over a month. Jordan Pond was spared both times, however it is possible that the fire of 1852 did hit this area and burn the house that sat on the old foundation as mentioned in a writing, the fire where it was said "swept over the island and left everything in the area a blackened waste." In the 1920's a summer resident John D. Rockefeller Jr. bought the Pond House to keep it from possible demise when Mr. McIntire, who owned and operated it for fifty years decided to sell. In 1940 it was given to the National Park Service. I imagine George Dorr was ecstatic! Dave remembers in 1977 working for the roofing company he still works for now, going to the Jordan Pond House to do some repairs to the roof, how grand it was inside with its birch bark wallpaper and massive field stone fireplaces. Then in June of 1979 the original Jordan Pond House burned, this time there was no sparing it, it burned to the ground. Maybe the foundation house burned in the 1979 fire if not the 1852 one or perhaps when it was bought by Rockefeller or donated to the National Park Service it was torn down like most have been on other lakes to prevent future occupancy, cause for vandalism or to keep the aesthetics in it's nature state. After the fire, in the early 1980's with private funding it was voted on and the Jordan Pond house was rebuild.
Jordan Pond and the Jordan Pond House has so much to offer from their delicious popover and tea, a meal, to check out the gift shop, or it's many trails that lead to Eagle lake and surrounding areas, trails that seem endless and off in all directions. Whether you climb Pemetic, Penobscot, Bubble Mountains, climb the Jordan cliffs (when the peregrine falcons are not nesting) walk around the Jordan Pond Path, the carriage house, check out bubble rock, or stroll through the many gardens created by Scott Hadley, who is a local of MDI, his grandfather was a superintendent of Acadia, as states in the link below. He worked for years on the gardens, which were created a few years after the Jordan Pond house was rebuilt. The gardens all have names. He also created borders between the Pond House and the tea lawn which give an already spectacular place a more breathtaking view when the gardens are in full bloom. If your so inclined you may just want to sit in a quiet spot and enjoy the scenery around you. Whether your out on foot or sit relaxing with a book...give thanks to the 19th and 20th century philanthropists, who gave all they could and still do to preserve this beautiful land so that we can take advantage of all roads that lead to Jordan Pond.