October 29, 2008

Maine Day 2

Wow I’m super behind on this blogging thing… between spending the weekend making Halloween costumes for Matt and Andy (they were super labor-intensive. I even had to dust off my sewing machine) and the cold I got from my mom (thanks, mom) all of a sudden it’s a week later. Oh well… the pictures are still pretty even if it took me awhile to post them!

So Day 2 was the day that we drove around the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park. The 27-mile loop road is the basic tourist path. It was created by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. as an easy way to allow people access to the park’s best attractions and views.
Acadia National Park - Park Loop Road
Acadia National Park - Park Loop Road
Unfortunately the weather was kindof crappy for us that day. Although the silver lining was that we basically had the park to ourselves. Some of the highlights...

Fire Overlook:
Acadia National Park - Park Loop Road

Trail to the Precipice:
Acadia National Park - Park Loop Road
Ok so this is THE trail for Acadia National Park. And when I was reading the guidebooks it was describing how difficult the trial was… and I thought to myself “Bah. Compared to the Inca Trail that’s nothing. We can totally do this... Wait.” Because then I remembered that I can’t even walk up my stairs without gagging and that perhaps going up a treacherous path with giant drops off of cliffs on either side would not be the best of plans for a pregnant lady. So that’s all of the trail we got to see. This time.

Sand Beach:
Sand Beach in Acadia
Apparently even in the summer the water here never gets above around 55-60 degrees. Crazy! Matt had fun playing in the waves, though:
Sand Beach in Acadia
Sand Beach in Acadia
Heh.

Thunder Hole:
By Thunder Hole

This attraction sounds really cool… but it’s kindof… not. Basically an underwater cave creates a big boom when waves crash into it during a storm. It was not storming so the sound was just a lame little gurgle. The area around it was pretty beautiful, though:
Monument Cove
By Thunder Hole

Little Hunter’s Beach:
Little Hunters Beach
Little Hunters Beach

Ok this place was really, really cool. All of these different colors and types of rocks washed up… it was pretty amazing. We spent a good deal of time here just treasure hunting:
Little Hunters Beach
Don’t worry – we didn’t actually take any of them home with us. That’s not allowed at national parks.

Jordan Pond:
Jordan Pond Overlook

We stopped at the Jordan Pond House for some tea and popovers to warm us up because by now we were freezing. Popovers with jam are quite tasty. Sadly the view of the hills (named the bubbles) beyond was obscured by the fog:
Jordan Pond Overlook

Carriage Roads:
Jordan Pond Overlook
When John D. Rockefeller, Jr. was getting this park going another one of his grand schemes was a series of carriage roads to allow visitors to see the interior of the park. This system of roads includes quite a few of these hand crafted stone bridges. So pretty!
Jordan Pond Overlook
I think that’s about it for day 2!

15 comments:

  1. What gorgeous photos! I'd be so tempted to take some of the treasures home with me.

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  2. Stunningly beautiful, Jeanne. I've added Acadia to the list of places Bill and I must see together.

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  3. Gorgeous pictures! Makes me want to go there now!

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  4. Jeanne, Thanks for sharing the pictures - they are great! We were in Williamsburg the end of last weeknd...sadly I took no pictures:)

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  5. so pretty! I hope I can go someday. thank you so much for showing me how lovely all these national parks are! it's all because of you and matt taking kristy and i along that one summer in sf!

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  6. I wonder if taking rocks from a national park is like taking volcanic rock from Hawaii? Where you're all cursed and stuff? Like Greg when he was wearing that necklace on the Brady Bunch?

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  7. It looks really pretty. Maine is on my list of places to go ... lobster - YUM!! Looks like a great trip.

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  8. There was probably dizzy and/or treachery on the trail, so it's a good thing you didn't go on it. But next time, you can make the kid go on it with you!

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  9. oops....sorry about the cold. That beach with the rocks is amazing! Just the place for me.....

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  10. Maine looks beautiful. I'm behind on the blogging thing too. I think it's that time of the year.

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  11. What great pics! Indeed fall is pretty up there !

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  12. Wonderful pictures. DH and I went to Acadia on our honeymoon, but in the spring. I think it is more beautiful in the fall. I'd love to go back some day and take that ferry to Nova Scotia also.

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  13. Anonymous10:27 PM

    I just happened on your blog...love your photos of such familiar places to me. I live about a 40 minute drive from Acadia and I'm always struck by the otherworldly beauty of it. Thanks for visiting.

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