It was still raining after Mass so we went for brunch at a local restaurant and then headed in the mist to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Acadia has two portions. Bar Harbor is on one side of Frenchman Bay and Winter Harbor is on the other. The main portion of the park is on Mount Desert Island, the rest on the Schoodic Peninsula. Bar Harbor is a busy tourist town with numerous shops and restaurants, hotels, lodges, and B&Bs. Winter Harbor, on the other hand, is about two blocks long with a handful of eating establishment and a five and dime. We are on the quiet side and I'm thankful. The park campground is brand spanking new and the sites are large and mostly pull-through.
Acadia is a glorious park! Today, since we were already halfway there (The portion of the park near Bar Harbor is an hour away by car from our campground.), we explored the eastern side of Mount Desert Island, a loop that encompasses Cadillac Mountain, the highest peak in the park. The mountain is pink granite and what a ride up to the peak looping around past one stunning site of the bay or ocean after another. Well, see for yourself:
|The weather was clearing with lingering low lying clouds.|
|View from the peak of Cadillac Mountain, an obliging man took our picture|
|One of the Porcupine Islands: at low tide there's a land bridge to walk out on|
|Beautiful pink granite lined the road all the way to the top.|
|This cruise ship seemed to be anchored offshore near Bar Harbor.|
TO BE CONTINUED...