Today we drove to sand beach with not much in mind to do just waiting for something to find us and as always, it did. Sitting on the beach a man approached us from behind and stopped to talk with us. His opening conversation he asked if we had gone in yet, pointing toward the ocean with a jerk of his head, looking over in that direction I noticed the waves were rolling in crashing on the sand, making little hissing sounds as it started to creep back out to sea as another one rolled in, icicles cresting over the sand where the wave last settled. Amused I smiled and Dave said "not yet". A big smile crossed this man's face and his eyes lite up as he started telling us about, as a boy he remembered coming here in the summertime and swimming out as far as he could hoping to get to the little island. For the longest time he recollected, he stayed out for about fifteen minutes but never was able to get to the island and when he came out of the water he was frozen from head to toe shivering and teeth chattering. He told us if he had stayed out any longer he may have been lost to the sea as hypothermia set in. He suggests we give it a try this summer as well, it's "refreshing" he said. He also with a point of his finger told us about the unusual topography of the sand and rocks on the beach. He mentioned that it was unusual because there was no sand, where sand had been last year. He said the waves may have washed it away or the force of the waves moved the rocks in, either way it would stay that way until next winter when the sea would change it once again. I being inexperienced in such matters would never have even thought about it, had he not brought it to my attention, but from here on I will make note of it for sure. He also told us about JP Morgan's daughter he mentioned that JP Morgan was the great multinational bank/financier who also had ties to the Titanic. This man said story goes that JP Morgan gave the gift of the Great Head peninsula including sand beach to his daughter as a wedding gift and the 110 acre mansion that was built. In the 110 acres in back of the beach she had great gardens overlooking the sea, and the pond out back, I wasn't sure about all he was talking about so I did some research and found that it was all true, it is now called the Long Lost Eden as the forest has grown up around it since the fire of 1947 burned most of the buildings to the ground. http://www.ellsworthamerican.com/maine-news/great-heads-long-lost-eden
This man told us that three quarters of sand beach was her playground. JP Morgan's daughter, Louisa Satterlee had a tea house on top of the cliffs and boat house by the lake that was just in back of the beach. He said years later story goes the boat house was seen sailing away on the tide. I had never seen the lake and I had never been way back of the beach. He told us he would come to the beach as a little fella and her three-quarters of the beach was blocked off by a sign saying "Keep Out", the lady would be sitting on the beach under an umbrella all by herself and there would be two hundred people on the other quarter. He said it was the funniest thing to see. Unfortunately we did not get his name. I would have liked to have named him. After he left I was curious to see the other side of the beach, pond and peninsula. As many times I have come here I never walked past the first few steps of the beach. This day Dave and I found the pond, walked the peninsula, found the old tea house foundation, just a bunch of crumbled rocks now atop the peninsula pointed out to us by a person named Linda a schoolteacher hiking the peninsula the same time we were, it was by this foundation that we met her. A tid- bit of information I thought amusing is she said that Mainers are tourists in Bar Harbor in the winter months and considered locals in the summer. I guess it is kinda like if you weren't born in Maine your from away. Linda lived in Bar Harbor but she is from away. We finished our hike with Linda talking about more history of Acadia, about Maine is one of only a few states in which coastal property owners can own land out to the mean low tide line. These ownership interests are subject to a centuries-old public easement allowing the public to use the intertidal zone for the limited purposes of "fishing, fowling and navigation." At present, this does not legally include public use for recreational purposes. In most other coastal states the intertidal land is owned by the state in trust for the public under the public trust doctrine. This generally entitles the public to use the intertidal zone for recreational purposes as well as such things as fishing and navigation. We also talked about the mansion and the mountain we see in the distant called The Beehive and directions to the Bowl Trail which has an easier access to the Beehive precipice. Precipice I have learned is very steep rock face or cliffs . This has sparked our interest to come back down next weekend. I think I might be a cliff climber...we will see. The best part of this weekend is the people we met. Because of them we were on foot.