Once again, we won the campground lottery! We were able to squeeze our 30 ft into a waterfront campsite designed for something much smaller. Go Edward! Lamoine State Park is on Berry Bay & with a great view of Cadillac Mountain & Mount Desert Island. Gorgeous sunsets seem to be the rule. We have enjoyed watching the boats & the lobstermen.
Acadia National Park is the most visited national park in America & it is easy to see why. Absolutely stunning views are everywhere. Samuel Champlain was once again, the first European on the scene in 1604. (The Vikings may have beat him by 500 years!) He ran aground in Frenchman Bay & had to stay in beautiful Otter Cove while repairs were done.
The highest point of land along the Atlantic coast is 1,530 ft. This mountain has had many names, but the one that stuck is Cadillac Mountain after the kooky Frenchman who arrived in 1688. He made up a title, "Sieur de Cadillac", hoping to ensure his success in the New World. Well, guess what car his bogus coat of arms adorns today?
John D Rockefeller, Jr played a big role in this park as well. He paid for over 45 miles of carriage roads, financed a large part of the park loop road & helped acquire a lot of the land. He shaped a great deal of our park system in the early 20th century; donating over $540,000,000.
Bar Harbor is another village that swells with summer visitors. A German cruise ship was in port; that really added a foreign flair! We saw a wedding by the bay & had the great fortune to be here for the Fine Arts Festival. Another lobster roll for Edward & the day was done.
The term "rusticators" is used to describe the families who came to spend summers on the coast of Maine in the late 1800s. They wanted to live simpler lives, though they enjoyed the amenities of a well to do American lifestyle & came from comfortable backgrounds. Many of them built "cottages" that were really sprawling mansions. They were a wealthy group & enjoyed the finer aspects of life.
We are enjoying following in their footsteps. We haven't thought about building but we do plan to return!