Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hiking Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park was established in 1919 and has about 47,000 acres today.  Private individuals have donated all of the land, more than 11,000 acres by John D. Rockefeller.

This is the first National Park established east of the Mississippi.

 The Bass Harbor lighthouse is found on the western side of the park.

 We are standing on Cadillac Summit, at 1530 feet,  the highest point on the east coast between Maine and Brazil.

                                   The views on a clear day are very peaceful.

                     There are several hundred miles of hiking trails on the island.


We listened to a ranger explain the animal and plant life of a tide pool and the working of a lobster trap.

Much of the island is composed of granite, peppered with black hornblende, quartz crystals and pink feldspar to give its pink hue.

                                       There are the usual spring flowers.


                                                             Bunch Berries

                                                          Drooping Trillium

 Thunder Hole is known for it’s huge ocean spray and loud booming thunder sound on the incoming 3/4 tide.

 This is the spot on Cadillac Mountain where one can be the first in the nation to witness the sunrise and start a new day.

                 The town of Bar Harbor and Frenchman Bay lie far below.

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