Acadia National Park - Maine
by Ron Cloer
There is more to Mount Desert Island than Bar Harbor or “Baa Haaba”
though. Corralling Bar Harbor into a tiny corner of the island is the
ancient and beautiful, Acadia National Park.
Acadia National Park is one of the most
spectacular places that you are ever likely to visit. Before describing
the place you have to describe a man, John D. Rockefeller. A huge debt
of gratitude is owed to Mr. John D. Rockefeller who donated huge amounts
of the land and finances to make it a reality. He helped build the 45
mile carriage road system that loops through the park, which is perfect
for biking. Along that road you can find 17 unique bridges that were
made with incredible craftsmanship. The hiking trails are even more
extensive with over 125 miles of trails available for your hiking boots
to stomp. With all these miles of trails that meander through the park
unveiling beauty around each corner, break in the hiking boots now. If
you’re taking kids don’t be afraid to take on one of the smaller
mountains on foot. I took my small 10 year old on a hiking adventure up
one of the two Bubble mountains and could have easily taken my 6 year
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The tallest mountain on the eastern seaboard can be found in Acadia
National Park as well. (Cadillac Mountain) From the windy heights of
Cadillac Mountain there are wonderful views of the sea, Bar Harbor and
everything else in the area. At certain times of the year it’s said
that the first sunrise in the US can be seen from Cadillac Mountain. So
a strange phenomenon happens during the predawn hours, pairs of
headlights can be seen snaking their way up to the top of Cadillac. On
the summit sleepy eyed folks with coffee and companions watch the first
rays of the sun explode over the horizon.
As you drive the Park Loop
Road in Acadia National Park, stop at Otter Cliff, it is a sheer cliff
face that plunges over 100 feet to the ocean below.
On the Park Loop
Road you can also find Thunder Hole which can be cool if you see it at
the right time. The most dramatic time to see Thunder Hole is mid-tide
not high tide as you might think.
Seriously you can pull off the road
and take a picture anywhere in Acadia. Don’t believe me...take a look.
If you want to eat while in
the Park there is only one restaurant, Jordan Pond House Restaurant.
Because it’s the only restaurant you are likely to wait a while to eat.
But as you’ve heard the popovers are delicious and the view is awesome.
At times you can eat outside, sitting on an open lawn near Jordan Pond
with the pine covered Bubble mountains as a backdrop. It’s gorgeous.
There is a small fee to enter
the park but it’s a 7 day pass so you can go back for days and enjoy the
beauty. Most people who visit Mount Desert Island think of Acadia
National Park and Bar Harbor but there are several other small towns…
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