Day 52, Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine
I was so excited to have two days in the park!
I drove in that morning and stopped first at the Visitor’s Center to get the lay of the land. I watched the movie about the park, got some postcards and of course got my passport stamped!
I decided to spend the day checking out the Park Loop Road, which runs for 27 miles through the park. I drove to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest peak on the east coast of North America. It is also known as the place that is first in the United States to see the sunrise, although that is only true from October 7 to March 6 of each year. That makes me feel better about the fact that I did not drag my butt up there in time for the sunrise, but I was there in early September!
Cadillac Mountain was still amazing, even during mid-morning when I was there. The views are incredible and you can see in so many directions! The barrier islands are beautiful! The day that I was there they were doing a raptor count, although the gentle breeze was going in the wrong direction so most of the birds weren’t flying. It was still interesting to hear them talk about their migration patterns and other raptor statistics! It was neat to see the Cadillac Mountain granite, formed approximately 420 million years ago. These are some very old stones!
The Park Loop Road is definitely a must do drive in the park; it takes you through the woodlands, by ponds, wildlife and the coast! I enjoyed driving the scenic drive and not rushing it. I stopped at a pond alongside the route and found a cute frog among the lily pads!
I found Sand Beach, which is, you guessed it!, a Sand Beach! Being from Washington, where most beaches are rocky, I can appreciate the novelty of a sand beach. I spent some time exploring it and wandering by the water. There were several interesting jellyfish washed up, and some beautiful views!
I also stopped by Thunder Hole, but it wasn’t thundering. It is a hole in the coastline, where the surf rushes in and apparently provides quite a show as it sprays high in the air! You have to see it at high tide though, and it wasn’t high tide when I was there. I was entertained by the two young men at the gift shop making the predictable inappropriate comments about Thunder Hole, but you could tell the cashier was not amused!
There is a trail that goes along the coastline for a while, and I enjoyed checking out the views of the water along the trail. Even with the crowds, there is something peaceful about being close to the water.
My last official stop was at the Jordan Pond and to see the Jordan Pond House and The Bubbles. The Bubbles are hills that someone, sometime in history, obviously thought looked like bubbles. I wasn’t convinced, but it is probably as good a name as any. When I get back to Acadia I want to hike to the tops of The Bubbles, which have some gorgeous views. That’s the trouble with these beautiful parks; there just isn’t enough time to do everything! The Jordan Pond House is a restaurant that is famed for its popovers, another spot I will have to check out on a future trip!
That evening I had my early birthday dinner – that deserves its own post!