Trip Start Jul 16, 2011
10Trip End Jul 31, 2011
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Where I stayed
Best Western Acadia Inn, Bar Harbor ME
What I did
Acadia Nation Park
The conversation sounded very similar to ones I hear back home when an inch or two of snow is called for. People freak out and the storm is the start and ending of every conversation. When we were in Connecticut I overheard several similar conversations about the impending heat wave. I never heard the heat mentioned in Pennsylvania but as we have established Pennsylvania has other things on its’ mind
First stop this morning was the ranger station to buy our park pass. We picked up an excellent CD to be our tour guide. Back to the parking lot and in goes the CD. After the 5 minute obligatory cover thy butt statements on the CD such as when driving look at the road not sites , obey the speed limit, don’t cross barriers posted by the National Park Service, ect., we were off.
The trip takes you around Cadillac Mountain as you climb some 1500 feet to the summit. Along the way there are several breath taking views of Bar Harbor, The Porcupine Islands and The Atlantic Ocean. We made it about half way round the mountain when lunch time struck. We had a choice of leaving the park and going to Bar Harbor or staying in the park and heading to Jordan Pond. Fortunately we decided to stay in the park.
It took some doing and some hiking to find a parking space but as they say in Florida, "the juice is worth the squeeze". I will skip to the best part of the meal
After being properly fortified with food from Jordan Pond Restaurant it was time to summit the Cadillac Mountain in a Chevy Malibu. The winding road up takes about 15 minutes to climb if you don’t stop at one of the many overlooks to take in the sites. At the top there is a generous parking lot in a flat area. From there you have to do it the old fashioned way. One foot in front of the other.
At first there is a man made cement sidewalk to get you started. Pat who has a genuine fear of heights had not planned to venture much farther than the parking lot.
Not too far after we left Grandma in our dust the manmade paths ended. To venture farther required hiking across granite with crevices, drops and slopes going up and down. I figured Pat having thoroughly shown Grandma how it is done would call it quits here. In true husband tradition everywhere I was wrong as usual. Press on she said and press on we did. In fact we pressed on for another half mile. Our prize was a truly spectacular view of Bar Harbor and the Porcupine Islands.
We sported around on top of the mountain for another hour or so before descending back to civilization. I can passably describe people and situations. I will make no attempt to describe something God created. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Hopefully the pictures I am attaching will do some justice to what we saw.