By land and by sea

Trip Start Aug 14, 2009
Trip End Aug 16, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Maine
Saturday, August 15, 2009

A quick decision put us on the mail ferry out of Northeast Harbor headed for Little Cranberry Island/Islesford Village. There are a few options for getting out to the islands off of Mount Desert Island. Choose the mail ferry if all you're looking for is a ride. We bought a round trip ticket that could get us to each of the islands (Little Cran., Great Cran., and Sutton) and back to NE Harbor for $24 and could be used all day. There are different tours based on your interest. One offers a narrative about the wildlife that you inevitably see in Maine waters. (On the ride to Little Cranberry we saw a porpoise and three seals pop out of the water.) Another takes you on a tour via a schooner, which is always a unique way to go.

We visted the museum in Islesford Village (it's free, small and sorta interesting) and then took a walk on a rocky beach. That was going to have to do it for us since Al still needed to see the main part of Acadia National Park and we were running out of daylight. We decided to drive the park loop road in its' entirety, including a drive up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain. I recommend this drive regardless of how much time you have and what you plan on doing in the park. It gives you an idea of the scope of the park and where some of the various sights and trailheads are located. This makes it easier to plan your time and the views are amazing. It's one of the prettiest drives you'll ever take.

In the past I have hiked some of the mountains in the park, I've camped at Blackwoods Campground, I've hit the main sights. I recommend it all, but for me and Al, we wanted to explore and stay on the quietside. After our lovely drive, we headed back toward the campground in Bass Harbor, stopping in Southwest Harbor for dinner. We ate at the Cafe Drydock... it was ok. Food was good, but we ended up spending a lot of money for simple items that should not have been that expensive. They did have an awesome blueberry pie and blueberry crisp, which we devoured. After that, we rolled ourselves back to the tent for a relaxing night by the fire.
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