Acadia National Park
Trip Start Feb 15, 2010
77Trip End Feb 14, 2011
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Where I stayed
Wal-Mart (Ellsworth, ME)
My first stop upon entering the park was to the beach which was creatively named, Sandy Beach. It seemed to be a popular stop and had quite a few visitors, but most stuck to the sand. On either side of the beach there were trails that led along the narrow fingers of rocky land that stretched further out into the sea and created the barrier that allows the beach to form. After wandering the trails a bit and taking a few photos from the rocks at the edge of the beach, I decided it was about time to go for a dip.
So far on my trip, I've had the wonderful luck of encountering terrible weather every time I'm near a beach on the Atlantic
I continued on the road leading through Acadia, stopping occasionally to check out various scenic points or wander a short way onto a trail (it was too hot for me to fully commit to a longer hike). Eventually, I came to a point where the park road had been closed for construction, which seems to happen to me a lot. At that point, the sun was beginning to make its descent and I decided to head over to another end of the park to try and photograph the Bass Harbor Lighthouse during the sunset. I arrived at the lighthouse and made my way out onto the precarious-looking rocks, using my tripod as a makeshift hiking pole for balance and an extra point of contact while crossing the jagged and unforgiving landscape. I set up on a cramped rock towards the water's edge and waited for the ideal light to come along, wishing I had chosen a spot where there was room to sit down. A lot of clouds had started to move in towards the evening, but the sun broke through a few times and let me get a few pictures I liked. After taking my shots, I quickly made my way back across the rocks and up to the trail before darkness set in
My next stop was to find some dinner. My plan had been to find a lobster shack, but after three strikes of driving to restaurants and finding them closed for the season, I decided to throw in the towel on that. I'm pretty sure lobster would have been just as exciting as crab for me. I think I'm just not a fan of crustaceans, and I find exoskeletons to be a very disgusting way to design a creature. With thoughts of dinner staring back at me from its eye-stalks fading in my mind, I drove onward to the small town of Millinocket for the night, and since they had no Wal-Marts within an hour's drive, I parked in the lot of a motel that was connected to a Chinese buffet.