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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Acadia National Park



















This was day one of our visit to Acadia National Park. The first national park east of the Mississippi, it is 49, 000 acres that preserves the rugged coastal environment of Maine. It is also the first national park where all the land was donated by private citizens. Many of the highlights of the park can be seen by driving the loop road and hiking along some of the many paths within the park.

Our first stop was to head to the top of Cadillac Mountain and enjoy the panoramic views. This is the highest peak on the eastern seaboard. The views and hiking trails give you a great overview of the park. After stopping at Sand Beach, the only beach in the park, we continued along the loop road stopping at a number of coastal view overlooks including the Thunder Hole, where a combination of tide and current can create huge geysers.

Our master plan included bracing the large crowds and having a Maine Lobster lunch at the Jordan Pond. The traditions at the pond restaurant date to the late 1800’s when the heavy hitters of the industrial giants built summer homes in the area, including the Rockefellers. Anneke had already picked up the menu at a gift shop and was ready to order. As we walked into the restaurant, we were surprised with the lack of activity until we were informed that they had lost power as soon as they opened several hours earlier. Plan B was to head back to the motorhome for lunch. One of the few times we decided not to bring a picnic lunch.

There will be lots more to see and do including the carriage roads built so the wealthy could use their horse and buggies on their property. Even today, only hiking, biking and horses can be used on these roads.

12 comments:

Malone said...

It is just so beautiful. I hope to see this park someday. I also am happy to see that the leaves are still on the trees after the storms. We will be in Bar Harbor in Oct for a cruise and hope to see some color.

Donna K said...

Great pictures. That looks like a beautiful area. Too bad about lunch though!

meowmomma said...

Bummer about the lobster! Perhaps another day?

Thanks so much for the photo's!!! The day we were there, Cadillac Mountain was fogged in and we didn't get to see a darn thing!!! Now I know what we missed!

Sue and Doug said...

nice photos..the one with the walkway with the fence?..looks kind of scary..especially during a storm!!

E Squared and Mui said...

Best laid plans ... love the rugged coastal scenery. This is the kind of place I could sit all day with a book and never turn a page.

Judy and Emma said...

It's been about 35 years since I've been to Acadia, so I'm enjoying your pictures to help my memory. :)

Gail and Rick (Gypsy Turtles) said...

Spectacular photos! We have family that just spent a week there in July. Their photos and descriptions matches yours :)

Bummer about the lobster lunch :(

Sweet Meanderings said...

Such beautiful photos! I've been wanting to visit that area of the country but I still haven't convinced Hubby. I will have to show him your pictures. That should do it!
Candy

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

What, you don't stock lobster in your motorhome? Bummer on the lobster.

Years ago on the CGC Point Francis, we pulled in to Southwest Harbor for a patrol break and we went ashore and had lobster. A storm came up and we got recalled for a SAR case. My lobster was returned to the sea shortly thereafter.

Be glad when you do get that lobster, you'll be on dry land! :c)

Janie and John said...

What a beautiful place. There is such beauty in this country I never tire of seeing all the beautiful places even in photos. Someday I want to see those places in person. Thanks for sharing. :)

Rick and Paulette said...

Great looking park and spectacular looking photos! I love the parks that have loop roads and stops along the way with trails.

Diana said...

One of the few national parks in the lower 48 that I haven't been to = thanks for the beautiful pictures.