Acadia - Day One

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
Trip End Aug 03, 2008

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Today was another full day, but we saw some of the most beautiful sites yet. We headed to Acadia this morning and stayed there until about mid-afternoon. Traveling the shoreline in Acadia National Park provides many, many photo opportunities. To allow people to stop where they choose, there's two lanes on the one-way road. One lane is for through traffic and the other gives travelers a place to park wherever they see fit. The shoreline of this area of Maine is NOTHING like NC's coast. Everywhere you look there is salmon-colored rocks and cliffs that shoot straight down into the water. There is one area that we came across called Sand Beach that actually looks somewhat like a beach area, but still nothing like what we see on our shoreline. To drive along this road reminded us so much of the Blue Ridge Parkway; however, we saw nothing but a vast expanse of water on one side of the road.

One of our favorite stops of the day was at Thunder Hole. This is a narrow opening between to large rock formations along the water's edge. The water gets forced up in that area and creates a large clap, almost sounding like thunder. It was actually pretty fascinating, because we could see when the huge rushes of water were coming. The water would smack up against the rocks, making an impressive splash. We were there at low tide, so we would like to go back when the tide is coming in. Thunder Hole is not too far from us, so we can easily scoot back up there to check it out.

My other favorite spot of the day was at Jordan Pond (good call, Ann W. and Denys!). The views were beautiful and the food was good also. Jordan Pond House serves these wonderful little things called popovers that are to be eaten with butter and strawberry preserves. Yum! A picture of one can be found on this blog, but please ignore the funny look on my face. This really isn't a true representation of how I felt about the popovers! :-) Anyway, there is a trail that goes around the pond, so we plan to go back and hike around it tomorrow.

We also went to Cadillac Mountain today, which is the highest point on the east coast (shoreline). This going to sound odd, but I was a bit disappointed. Had we gone there first, my viewpoint on this would be completely different. However, after seeing all of the wonderful views right down on the shoreline, it was hard to rival the beauty we had already seen. It was neat, though, to see Bar Harbor from up there. We could see all of the boats (lobster and every other kind) sitting in the harbor.

After eating lunch at Jordan Pond, we headed back to the inn for an afternoon nap. We have to keep reminding ourselves that we need to be RESTING on our vacation. With so much to see and do, it's hard to settle down a bit.

We headed out to a lobster pound tonight for dinner and saw some more of the coastline in the area. Wes chose a place about thirty minutes away in Bernard. It was a good choice, not so much for the food, but for the drive out that way. My favorite picture so far is the one that Wes took over Southwest Harbor with the partial rainbow in the sky. He just happened to stop to take a picture of the harbor and noticed the rainbow hanging out above it. Beautiful!

We're going back to Acadia tomorrow, so I need to rest up for some additional hiking. Stay tuned!
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