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Acadia NP- Day 2

Posted by on July 10, 2016

What had been the pattering of rain yesterday morning had turned into a full heavy rain overnight. We awoke early and promptly turned off the alarm clocks and decided to sleep in again today! (Victoria and I slept way in!) We had a family Bible lesson which always hit home in a really good way when we are out in nature and get to see God’s handiwork. We decided to drive into downtown Bar Harbor for a late lunch, our first restaurant pick had a 1.5hr+ wait so we tried a cool looking retro place called the Route 66 Restaurant. The furnishings were very cool and the food was okay. Since it was still raining pretty hard, we headed back to the camper and I drove in to the Walmart for groceries while Lindsay and the kids did some summertime school reading. The rain finally stopped and we made a beeline for the Park Loop road. One nice benefit of the cooler, rainy weather is the crowd level is a fraction of what it might have been if sunny and warm on a July weekend. We had seen in our Acadia Moon’s Guidebook that the Gorham trail was one of the parks more highly rated. The 1.8 mile roundtrip trail with blue blazes and cairns set off from a parking area right next to the ocean and made its way upwards to the top of Gorham Mountain (525’ elevation). The moderate trail of granite was pretty easy for the kids but Lindsay and I took it slow with the wet and slippery conditions. We even took Izzy along to walk and ride in a backpack. We arrived at the summit and Lindsay unveiled a “selfie” stick she had purchased and the kids promptly put it to good use for their social media accounts. The views were spectacular with us being able to see Sand Beach, Egg Rock Lighthouse, and long range 360 degree views of the bay and ocean! On our way down, we took the Cadillac Cliffs detour route- the granite boulder and iron handrails made for a fun and challenging descent. We arrived back to the car and made a quick trip around the Loop Road (one way- no turn arounds) and tried to make it to Cadillac Mountain’s summit for the 8:18 sunset. Unfortunately, the weather on the mountain did not cooperate and the mountain was fogged in almost entirely. We had really hoped to get to go on the carriage roads for a horse drawn carriage ride but the weather just didn’t cooperate this trip. Tomorrow we explore Down East Maine and head into Canada!

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