Day 150 - On Top Of The World

Trip Start May 19, 2008
Trip End Nov 08, 2008

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Blackwoods Campground, Acadia National Park, Maine

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Today we did what we had intended to do yesterday, and that was to see the rest of Mount Desert Island. Our falling-out yesterday turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the weather was much improved today, giving us much better views and much nicer photographs.

Our first stop was the town of Southwest Harbor. It is very much like Northeast Harbor with many small shops and boutiques and possibly a few more eating places. A lady Neil had chatted to a couple of days ago had recommended what she claimed was the best place on the island to eat Maine lobster at a good price, but unfortunately we couldn't find it. It didn't take us long to wander around the town and then we were back on the road and on to our next stop, which was Seawall, so called because of the natural seawall there. We pulled into the picnic area right by the pebble beach and sat and enjoyed the views and the sunshine. There is also a campsite, but it was now closed for the season.

From there it was just a short drive to Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. The access road isn't suitable for large vehicles such as RV's, but for our little Chip it was no problem. So much for the woman with the 45ft RV who felt sorry for us a few weeks ago! The lighthouse is fully operational and is vital for vessels sailing into Bass Harbor as the approach is littered with treacherous rocks.

After leaving the lighthouse we headed north through the small town of Bass Harbor toward the picnic site at Pretty Marsh, but again due to the time of year it was closed. And so we continued on past Long Pond and Echo Lake, back to Northeast Harbor, where we parked right by the harbour and sat and enjoyed the views while we ate our lunch.

Our next stop took us back onto the other side of the island where we began our ascent to the summit of Cadillac Mountain. It isn't a very tall mountain at 1530ft, but it does afford spectacular views of the rest of the island and the Atlantic Ocean, and in particular Frenchman Bay and the smaller islands which are scattered throughout it. You really feel on top of the world up there. When we arrived at the summit, so had several coaches of passengers from the cruise liners that were docked down in the bay, so it was quite busy. But even so, there is a tremendous feeling of calm and tranquillity up there on the top of that mountain. And we even managed to get some photos without any people in them! The lady who had recommended the lobster place had also recommended going up to the top of Cadillac Mountain at sunrise, and after experiencing it in the daytime, we might just do that tomorrow morning. That really would be something else.

Our final stops of the day were along the eastern coast, the first one being the overlook that looks out on Schooner Head. The coastline is very rugged and we had to clamber over some rocks to get some better photos. By now the sun was beginning to dip and so was the temperature, and so our final stop was to take some photos of Sand Beach before heading back to the campsite.

After dinner we got ready for bed and all tucked up for 9pm, to listen to the third and final Presidential Debate on the radio. Unfortunately the weather forecast isn't too good for tomorrow, so we set an alarm for a sunrise trip up Cadillac Mountain, but neither of us is confident that we will be going.

Miles travelled: 79

Total miles travelled: 14292

Days on road: 130

States visited: 29

National Parks visited: 20
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