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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Acadia National Park III ~ I hear the Thunder!

It was a beautiful sun shiny day on Mount Desert Island day 3 and we headed out early for another day of sightseeing.  Today our goal was to check out Thunder Hole, The Jordan Pond House, Wildwood Stables, and Cadillac Mountain.  Each place has it's own beauty and we are excited to visit them
Our first stop was Thunder Hole ~ I think you have to time it just right because we have been here twice and never seen it at its full potential.  Thunder Hole is the place in Acadia National Park to experience the thunder of the sea against the rocky shores of Maine! On calm days you may wonder what the fuss is all about. But wait until the waves kick up a few notches. Thunder Hole is a small inlet, naturally carved out of the rocks, where the waves roll into. At the end of this inlet, down low, is a small cavern where, when the rush of the wave arrives, air and water is forced out like a clap of distant thunder. Water may spout as high as 40 feet with a thunderous roar! Hence the name: Thunder Hole. Last time we were here we saw a little action and this time the sea was so peaceful we didn't see any... I 'll have to come back and camp out right there to see it in full force.
BIG TIP: go visit Thunder Hole when the seas are restless ~ you'll get a better show!!!
This is a picture from the internet showing what it does when conditions are right

Next we were off to Jordon Pond House ~ The famous Jordan Pond House, the only full service restaurant located within Acadia National Park, is located in a spectacular park setting overlooking beautiful Jordan Pond with the North and South Bubbles in the distance. It is a modern full service restaurant offering lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. You may continue a late 1800's tradition of having afternoon tea & popovers on the lawn while savoring the spectacular view.  We decided to do lunch and sat outside on the lawn area with a view of the pond. 
Jordon Pond

Lunch at Jordon Pond House
After lunch we headed down the road to Wildwood Stables where you can get on a horse drawn wagon and tour the Carriage Roads.  The Carriage Roads and stone bridges were financed and directed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., between 1913 and 1940, for hikers, bikers, horseback riders and carriages. Approximately 45 miles of Carriage Roads within the park allow for the activities of hiking & biking. The Carriage Roads are the best example of turn of the century “broken stone” roads in America today. Granite from Mount Desert Island was quarried by the construction crews for road material and bridge facing. Native vegetation such as fern and wild blueberries was tastefully used to landscape the roadside. (Click Carriage Roads for a map furnished by U.S. National Parks.)


Last but not least is the drive up to the Summit of Cadillac Mountain.  Last time we were here it was a bright sunny day however by the time we got up there it was a little foggy.  At 1532 feet, Cadillac Mountain is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard and is the first place to view sunrise in the United States from October 7 through March 6. It is one of over 20 mountains on Mount Desert Island, Maine, that were pushed up by earth's volcanic forces millions of years ago. If it wasn't for a huge glaciers that sheared off their tops, they would be even higher than what we see today. Note the slopes on the islands in the distance to see the impact the glaciers had on the land. The northside is on the left and the steeper slope or the down side is on the right.


Cadillac Mountain is largely composed of pink granite with forests of spruce and pitch pine. Views of Acadia National Park from the top of the mountain are spectacular. The winding and scenic road that ascends to the top of Cadillac Mountain is approximately 3.5 miles long and was officially opened in 1931. There are several small observation points along the way that offer great viewing opportunities. It is easy to get caught up in the views while driving ~ be careful as much of the road is right beside steep cliff like areas. Just a little scary at times. 


It was another wonderful day and still there is so much more to see and do here.  I am telling you to come to Mount Desert Island and enjoy visiting all the small coastal towns and the wonderful Acadia National Park.  You won't be disappointed!

7 comments:

Jim and Sandie said...

I would so love to go to Acadia NP. Not sure we'll ever make it though so I really enjoyed this post. Thank you.

Karen and Al said...

What a beautiful area. So how's the weather? Are you having the heat wave the rest of the country is having? Your weather widget shows it's currently 64, but is it hot in the afternoon? (just fact finding for the future.)

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Sue and Doug said...

yet another great tour, Donna!..so happy that the two of you having a lovely summer!!!

Elaine said...

Polishing up my roller skates for when you arrive - you folks sure cover alot of territory in each place you visit...I should have gone to bed earlier last night lol-see you soon

Shirley said...

I loved Bar Harbor and Acadia when we were there a few years ago. Would love to go back. Might just do that next year if we don't go to Alaska. Isn't this lifestyle amazing?

Randy and Pam Warner said...

Great pictures of Acadia! We did some of the same things you did. We loved the Thunder Hole. It was not very active when we were there either. Then we also had lunch at Jordan Lake - had to try the popevers and tea! Pam got to go on the Carriage Road while I worked one day but we both enjoyed Cadillac mountain! Wonderful time there!

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