We set out on July 2 for Bar Harbor Maine, stopping for one night in Massachusetts on the way up. Unfortunately, the first 2 days here were a washout due to tropical storm Arthur which dumped a lot of rain. But today was a beautiful day and we took advantage and toured the National Park.
Acadia is a beautiful rugged park on the coast of Maine filled with granite mountains (well... more like hills) overlooking rocky cliffs. It reminds us a bit of the Pacific coast.
|The rocky coast of Acadia National Park|
Acadia is the first National Park established east of the Mississippi and is one of the smaller parks in the US. It's proximity to population centers of the Northeast means that Acadia is one of the most visited parks in the country (9th at last count). The name "Acadia" probably stems from a name given to the area by the explorer, Giovanni Verrazzano, in 1524. The shoreline reminded him of an area in Greece named Arcadia. Verrazzano went on to bigger things, being the first European to enter New York Harbor. In fact we crossed his eponymous bridge on the way to Maine.
We took a hike up to Gorham "Mountain" (525 feet) and managed not to get lost due to the fantastic signage.
|Zoe at the top of Gorham Mountain|
|Frenchman's Reef, Acadia National Park|
|Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse|
Overall we had a very nice day in Acadia. We'll be here a few more days before heading into Canada.