MAINE DAY 4: Puffins, Lighthouses and Seabirds Tours at Bar Harbor!

Day 4 recap finally is here! It pairs up equally with my excitement about telling you about meeting with Jonathan yesterday! ūüôā

I’m totally obsessed with cute little puffins with their orange beaks and orange feet! So cute! I’ve never seen one out in the wild so my excitement for this was crazy huge!

One thing we knew right when we arrived was that I was under-dressed and my boyfriend was even worse!

We reached Bar Harbor relatively early so we sat down to snack a little before heading down to the windy harbor!

My boyfriend pretending to be a Puffin...

My boyfriend pretending to be a Puffin…

I'm excited! Puffins!!

I’m excited! Puffins!!

Eventually we did head off to the harbor and the view was SO AWESOME!

Bar Harbor Maine

Bar Harbor

The only issue was that along the whole way was fog. ¬†Our tour lady explained to us that its Maine, there’s always fog coming in and out and the best time to not have fog was in January. ¬†So we had to deal with it and soldier on! This is what it looked like around us when the boat left the harbor…

Fog was crazy thick!

Fog was crazy thick!

The first part of the trip was listening to our tour lady talk about Maine and Bar Harbor and lobster fishing, etc. while the biggest attraction were these little colorful markers every so often…

Those little colorful blobs in the water are lobster traps (or the markers for them? )

Those little colorful blobs in the water are lobster traps (or the markers for them? )

Scenery was amazing, especially with the fog coming in and going out!

Scenery was amazing, especially with the fog coming in and going out!

Christmas Trees decorated with those lobster markers!

Christmas Trees decorated with those lobster markers!

Eventually we did start seeing seabirds here and there. ¬†I really don’t remember the names much so excuse me for my bad memory! Plus I was trying my best to keep warm and take those 400 pictures. ¬†Thank goodness the boat had blankets, although the humidity on the water was off the charts so the blankets were all damp by the end of the trip…but we’re not at that point yet..lets continue!

Seabird lifting off! (don't ask me which breed)

Seabird lifting off! (don’t ask me which breed)

1st Lighthouse!

1st Lighthouse!

Another seabird flying over the water!

Another seabird flying over the water!

Second lighthouse approaching where all the puffins are!

Second lighthouse approaching where all the puffins are!

2nd Lighthouse!

2nd Lighthouse!

If you look really closely, you'll see some bird with its little babies swimming around!

If you look really closely, you’ll see some bird with its little babies swimming around!

Puffin drifting on the water!

Puffin taking off from water!

More puffins in flight!

More puffins in flight!

Puffin Lighthouse Tour

3rd Lighthouse! Bald eagles around there make all the seabirds fly to divert its attention!

Puffin Tour

Harbor Seals! They are so cute!

We did this tour with Acadian Boat Tours on the Islander which is a relatively smaller boat than the nature cruise! Most of the people on there were birdwatchers, which I obviously am not because I can’t even remember the names of the birds! It was a great boat tour though! There were 3 lighthouses. ¬†The second lighthouse had most of the puffins and assorted seabirds. ¬†We stopped there for a good amount of time. ¬†The last one I think was called the Egg Rock Lighthouse (someone from Maine please correct me). ¬†It had seabirds, bald eagles, seals. ¬†So awesome!

Just remember if you read the temperature to be 28 Celsius, expect 8 Celsius, k? Bundle up and bring those windbreakers and scarves if you have to. ¬†Bring mitts or gloves if you want to take pictures. ¬†I didn’t bring all that and I was so cold! Thank goodness I had a zip up cardigan and layers. ¬†I still needed that blanket to keep me warm! Just in case, you think about doing this! ¬†Its worth every penny though!

LOVED IT!

The recap of the last day of my Maine Trip should be on Monday but since this post was slightly long, I have a part 2 for Day 4 for tomorrow instead! Remember to check back (especially you foodies)! ūüôā

Trip to the Zoo

On the fourth day of my trip, we went to the zoo, Zoo Sauvage de St-Felicien.  It was definitely a big zoo with lots of animals.  The zoo layout was formed based on different regions, there was  Arctic, Mixed Forest, Mountain, Mongolia, Asia, Mini Farm, and Nature Trail Park.

So we can see these animals: (first row) Fox, Wolverine, Przewalski Horse; (second row) Polar Bear, Demoiselle Crane, Bald Eagle, Grizzly Bear (last row) Japanese Macaque (feel bad for the one who lost that camera)

What made this zoo special was its caged train ride which lasted about an hour to drive along paths right next to certain animal habitats and showed us the evolution of civilization in the region and the significance of the Borealis Forest.

On the top you can see what its like to look out from the caged train and after that is one of the settings.  The following are some of the animals on the trail, they were really close so I rarely had to use any zoom.  First row has the baby prairie dogs and the adult prairie dog.  They were all over the plains area.  After that in the second row is the reindeer, musk ox and black bear.

Another highlight was the fact that they had feedings for most of the animals there which allowed everyone to see a lot of the animals come out of hiding so we could understand a bit more about each of them as well. ¬†We didn’t see all the feedings but we did go to a good few animals.

The feedings we caught was for Japanese Macaque, followed by the next one with the Amur Tigers.  These are just the males though, the female is with her newborn cubs and could only be seen on live camera inside their resting area, since the baby tiger cubs were just born in early June.  After in the second row, we can see the Lynx patiently waiting for food, then the cougars and finally, we saw the Polar bear feeding.  The polar bear had just jumped off the boulder into the water to get the fish and shaking himself afterwards.

This zoo was so amazing.  I would definitely consider going again especially since the ticket also included two short movies.  One of them is a documentary and the other was a multisensory movie which was quite fun and entertaining.