Day 12 - Part 1

Trip Start Apr 20, 2008
Trip End May 03, 2008

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Friday, May 2, 2008

May 2
Although this is the second last day of the trip, it will probably be the last entry.

In my opinion, one of the best days of the trip, if not the best. The weather was perfect for Acadia National Park - cold, clear, and crispy.

After an orientation at the visitor's center, we drove up to the top of Cadillac Mountain and hike the trail at the top. Incredible view of the Bar Harbor, Porcupine Islands and Cranberry Islands. At 1,530 feet, Cadillac Mountain is the highest peak within 25 miles of the Eastern Coast of the United States.

Also 6th graders who went on the trip last year ... this years class will tell you they saw snow, but a two feet patch of snow on the west side of Cadillac Mountain cannot be considered seeing snow. In fact there is that much snow in the refrigerator on the third floor in the teacher's room. But I digress.

We ate lunch at Sand Beach area and then hiked around the beach. We found some shells and sand dollars before walking to Thunder Hole. The water was too calm for Thunder Hole to work. Mr. Morishige also spotted a bald eagle resting on a small island know as Old Soaker.

The Park Rangers met us at Otter Point and talked to us about Tides. We then went to the tidal pools and collected Marine flora and fauna. Besides dog whelk, periwinkles, mussels, and limpet, we caught a green crab and a fish which the Rangers could not identify. The Rangers caught sea star, blood star, tunicate, nudibranchs, and several other organism.

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