2015-05-24 - ANP - Part I - Bar Harbor and Park Loop
We woke up at 4 am Sunday to watch the sunrise over Cadillac Mountain. The sky blazed a vivid violet that faded as the burning red orb arose to cast an orange glow over the world. The sun's "Good Morning" only lasted a few minutes before it hid back behind the clouds, but that was enough. It was Acadia National Park welcoming me back home.
Reece, Gina, and I went onto the sand bar that appears during low tide, linking Bar Harbor to Bar Island. You can walk on this sand bar in the ninety minute intervals before and after low tide, but it completely disappears during high tide. This is what gives Bar Harbor and Bar Island their names.
Reece and I saw boats and a cruise ship in Bar Harbor.
We cycled the Park Loop, riding about twenty-five miles in total this day. The beautiful Park Loop was an idea of Rockefeller Jr.'s, who had it designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., son of the famous landscape architect who designed Central Park, among countless other places. A lot of people were angered at the time, thinking that Park Loop would ruin the beauty and wildness of the park, but the way Rockefeller saw it, cars were inevitable; people could either plan for it or let it happen haphazardly. Park Loop is designed never to compete with or disrupt the natural features of the park, but rather to follow them organically. It is a beautifully designed road.
Sand Beach, the only natural beach in Acadia National Park. In general, the region's cold ocean waters trap gases that dissolve the mineral ingredients needed to form a beach, but an island called "Old Soaker" just offshore diverts enough currents to form this beach. The sand is different from most other beaches in that it is composed of mostly organic elements - shells, mollusks, barnacles, etc,
Thunder Hole. When the water level and weather conditions are just right, water funnels into Thunder Hole and then explodes out, causing a thunderous boom. This rarely happens however, and most people walk away disappointed or confused.
View of Jordan Pond from the Jordan Pond House. Jordan Pond House is a new version of the original house, which burned down a few decades ago. Guests used to stop here to use Rockefeller's carriage roads, or to hike and have popovers and tea.