The last couple of weeks have been very busy with plenty of distractions, so I feel like I have to move on to new adventures soon and finish up my string of Acadia posts. On day 1 of our five-day vacation in the national park, Mark and I went on a reconnaissance of the Park Loop Road to get our bearings. Day 2 had us biking the carriage roads of the park, and day 5 offered some great views on a very challenging hike, called the Precipice Trail.
Day 3, a Sunday, was expected to be rainy. Rather than sit in the tent all day and be uncomfortable, we decided to explore a different part of Acadia NP by car.
After a slow start, we drove about an hour and a half to Schoodic Peninsula (map). We arrived in the town of Winter Harbor right in time for lunch and a massive thunder and lightning storm. All patrons of the diner jumped up when thunder and lightning hit the building simultaneously and sparks came of the outlets! It drizzled for a while longer, but as we progressed on our driving tour, the sun slowly returned and made the afternoon much more pleasant. This part of Acadia was pretty wild, more remote and less touristy than the main area.
On day 4 of our vacation, we went the other direction and explored the western portion of Desert Island, which is also a mixture of private land and national park. Acadia National Park is pretty spread out.
We stopped at a lake, a couple of towns, the Seawall area and Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, which was touristy and somewhat of a disappointment. We moved on quickly and looped back to the main road a different way, with a quick stop at Pretty Marsh.
We stopped in Bar Harbor at low tide and walked over the sandbank to Bar Island, an enjoyable place to have our lunch. In the afternoon, we left the car behind and resumed our “daily exercise program” with a hike on the Gorham Mountain Trail; the best and most enjoyable hike in the park.
If you ever find yourself in Acadia National Park in Maine for a few days, I highly recommend starting with a drive of the Loop Road and then picking your excursions based on your interests. We feel like we managed to visit all the highlights and would not have changed anything about our itinerary, except maybe an extra trip up Cadillac Mountain for sunrise or sunset. Having experienced plenty of those when sailing for eight years, we lazily skipped getting up extremely early or returning to the campsite after dark. Our favorite activities were hiking the two trails mentioned above and renting bikes to explore the interior of the park. I hope you make it out there one day, if you haven’t yet!