Just a short drive up the Maine coast on Thursday to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. Home to Bar Harbor and much of Acadia National Park. Mount Desert (typically pronounced des-ert) is the 6th largest island in the contiguous United States.
Some famous past and present residents include:
- David Rockefeller & Family, Ford Family
- Cap Weinberger, Secretary of Defense under President Reagan
- Martha Stewart
- Actors Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, John Travolta, etc.
Acadia National Park is the oldest American national park east of the Mississippi River. It is also the 8th National Park we visited this year!
Mt. Desert Island is a big island with two main lobes, several small towns and lots of little peninsulas that jut out into the sea. Acadia National Park takes up much of the land, and the whole island is fun to explore.
“One of the most unique aspects of how Acadia National Park formed is that it is thanks to the vision and donations of private citizens who anticipated the dangers that over-development would bring to this area and acted to prevent it”. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., played a critical role by building the famous carriage roads and by donating over 11,000 acres of land. The Carriage roads were built for those wanting to travel on motor-free byways via horse and carriage.
We drove the park loop, a 27 mile park owned road around the park. We stopped several places to take in the views including Cadillac Mountain.
We wanted to catch sunset at Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. Carl scrambled down the rocks while I settled for the path and ramp. His photo I am sure will be spectacular…..here is mine just to show what it looks like.
Rocky shorelines are the norm.
Another National Park token for our collection.
We are spending three days here at Acadia …so much to see and take in.