A Quick Visit to Acadia National Park
Posted on October 14, 2014
Would you believe that Acadia National Park is one of the ten most visited national park in the U.S.? Until recently, I hardly knew it existed, much less where it was located. It’s really quite a large place, spread over a number of islands, and with many private inholdings. We managed to see the major sites in a few hours, but a few days would have done it more justice. We stuck to the part on Mount Desert Mountain.
We took the loop road that went around the major mountains and that skirted the village of Bar Harbor. This led us to the park’s only sizable beach, Sand Beach, which was quite nice, indeed.
Nearby is Thunder Hole, a blowhole that wasn’t doing much while we and hundreds of other people were there waiting in expectation.
Throughout the park is a network of carriage roads built by the Rockefellers to get about by horse drawn carriages. Today you can walk and bike these routes. A number of well designed bridges help keep traffic separated.
Jordan Pond, watched over by The Bubbles, is a popular destination.
Here’s a view of Bar Harbor which Eva took when she was there last year. It’s home to many a society mover and shaker, or once was.
In the background is the tallest peak in the park, Cadillac Mountain, at 1530 feet. It’s the highest coastal peak on the East Coast. During the winter months you can see the sunrise from its top before anyone else in America. We drove up. The view is quite splendid in all directions.
As you might be wondering, indeed the Cadillac car name has the same origin. The French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac had some power here but moved on in his life to found the motor town of Detroit.
Far to the north in the photo you can make out Mount Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine at 5269 feet and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.
Now we are going to head to the easternmost town in the United States, curiously named Lubec, and seemingly named after Eva’s hometown of Lübeck, Germany. We shall see.