A trip to Acadia National Park is not complete without driving the Park Loop Road. Sadly, this 27-mile tour around the island’s perimeter is all most visitors see. Obviously, the Saturday before Labor Day was not the best day, but we headed out to join the crowds. The Island Explorer Shuttles run everywhere, courtesy of LL Bean! What a corporation! Their buses have carried 7,000,000 passengers, reducing 2,500,000 autos & 23,000 tons of greenhouse gases! Go LL Bean!
We had our favorite stops from last year, but mostly, we wanted another fix of the beautiful Maine coast. The majestic evergreens growing right to the edge of the granite boulders that tumble into the sea always take my breath away & leave me in awe of this beautiful world.
One of the lovely “cottages” nestled in the trees is the Highseas, built by Princeton University professor, Rudolph Brunnow, had an interesting beginning. The house was built to surprise his wife while she was travelling in Europe. Unfortunately, she booked return passage on the Titanic & never made it home!
The Otter Cliffs pullout had two teams offering beginning lessons in repelling the cliffs. It took a long time for them to prepare & less than 60 secs to descend the 20-foot cliff. They certainly entertained the crowds!
Cadillac Mountain offers a great view of Bar Harbor & the surrounding bay. Filled with boats & even a cruise ship or two, the harbor is a very busy place. We did not even go into town this year!
We did find one new spot this year – Little Hunters Beach. It is a cobble beach, meaning the shore is made of cobblestones left by glaciers & tumbled round & smooth by the restless Atlantic. The stones made a lovely sound as they move back & forth with the tide.
The Bass Harbor Head Light is just a few miles from the campground. It has been in use since 1858, when it was built for $5000. A coast guard family lives there still! Can’t imagine what that’s like, having 100’s of tourist 10 feet from your house all summer long. A nice trail leads visitors & photographers through the forest & down the cliffs to get a better view of the light along the sea.
Two weeks seemed like a long time in one spot, but there are many things left undone. Three restaurants, at least one bakery, & several hikes are still calling, begging us to stay another week.
The campground is so quiet & the Atlantic is right across the road. I hate to leave the rocky coast to head inland, but I know Rangeley Lake & Lily Bay are waiting with their splendor.