Acadia - Huger than we thought

Trip Start Jul 30, 2013
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

We woke and had breakfast from groceries we had bought the rental we stayed in was a bit quirky but nice.  We are the first ones in it after its conversion from an apartment so I am sure they will continue to improve it.  We made the 25 min drive to the Acadia National Park visitors center.  There we got the girls park passports stamped and got stamps for there books.  We bought a CD audio auto tour.  We looked for the cool GPS activated version like Yellowstone has but that has not made its way here yet.  Some Bar Harbor technology entrepreneur will be rich some dsy.  We stared out down into the Park.  It is wonderful and fascinating.  Much more than you can see in two days.  In fact the portion that is traveled by Auto is really only about a third of the park land.  We only made it halfway around the circle with brief stops at Thunder Hole and some other stops for some rock climbing and picture taking.  We drove back to Bar Harbor for the afternoon low tide so that we could walk on the sand bar out to Bar Island and explore the tidal pools.  After that we had an early dinner at Gaylns a local restaurant where Christa and I got the small lobster special for $16 (what a deal)  After dinner we headed down to Thunder Hole to try to catch it at high tide.  We had a bit of time to kill so we decided to check out The BeeHive trail.  We hiked up a bit then some guys came down and were skeptical that the girls could do it.  Dani and I decided to go for it while the others went around the back to meet us at a small lake.  The Beehive trail is awesome, straight up the face of the mountain, winding back and forth with many ladder wrungs to climb and ledges to navigate.  The climbing is not to hard but it takes some mental guts to get it done.  Dani and I summit-ed and then headed down the back side where we met Christa and Delaney.  We hiked to The Bowl (the hike was a little trying on my bride who made more accusations of my taking out more insurance on her -ibet Carsbad Caverns trip of 2010.  After finishing the hike we went down to Sand Beach (this place is difficult to get into during the day - very popular. After hours it is almost deserted.  We saw a great double rainbow.  Then we went to Thunder Hole which turned out to be a disappointment.  I am sure this is spectacular when the waves are big and out of the right direction, they were not that night.  We got back pretty late nearly 10 pm and I gave up on my plans to get up early to see the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain - we would have to leave our rental no later than 4:30 am just to drive up to see it.  But, while we were in Bar Harbor we did book a whale watching cruise for 8:30 am so we would need to get up at a decent hour anyway.  Everyone was pretty beat so after showering I think even the kids turned in.
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