02 Jul Adventure to Acadia
I recently took advantage of a three-day weekend and traveled to Acadia National Park. Acadia National Park is located along the coast of Maine, spanning over more than . It is home to many creatures including , peregrine falcons, deer, and beavers. Using this blog post, I will take you through my journey of Acadia.
FIRST STOP: EGG ROCK
My first stop was to one of the Egg Rock overlooks. Egg Rock is a small island that features a lighthouse. I had to whip out my binoculars to see the island clearly from shore. Egg Rock got its name because people used to collect seabird eggs and feathers to collect or sell. Unfortunately, this brought seabirds to the brink of extinction around the Gulf of Maine. Today, Egg Rock is protected, allowing the seabird population to grow. Birds such as the common eider, black guillemot, and double-crested cormorants use Egg Rock during the spring and summer to raise their young.
TIME TO SCOOT ON OVER TO SAND BEACH
Sand Beach fascinates me because it is unlike the beaches I have back home. The intensity of the green/blue coloration in the water was striking. It is also one of the only cold-water, shell-based sand beaches in the entire world. An offshore rock called “Old Soaker” diverts its current into a glacially formed pocket which captures the shell fragments.
My Favorite Stop: Thunder Hole
My favorite place to stop during the trip was Thunder Hole. I stopped by at least three times to observe all that Thunder Hole had to offer. Thunder Hole gets its name from the booming sound the water makes as it splashes up against the rocks. Over time, the force from the ocean created a narrow opening in the granite ledge. Once the narrow cave fills with water, the air is trapped, causing a loud noise that sounds like thunder. Unfortunately, I could not see Thunder Hole at its peak time (two hours before high tide), but I could still hear some of its booming sound. I could have spent all day at there. Hopefully, you can hear the thunderous noise in the videos that I included!
Time to jump to jordan pond
Jordan Pond is a beautiful lake in Acadia surrounded by mountains. It is considered the clearest lake in Maine. Trails are available so visitors can walk around the pond and take in the scenery. I found it interesting that Jordan Pond provided drinking water for the local communities and Jordan Pond House restaurant. While there, I was lucky to see a common Merganser with her babies. The mom was trying to teach the babies how to get over a ledge on the dam. It took some time, but eventually the babies figured it out. It was fantastic to watch the process of the mom teaching the babies.
Let's caravan to cadillac mountain
Call me crazy, but I got up at 3:30 in the morning for this next part of my adventure. The park sells a limited number of tickets each morning to drive up to Cadillac Mountain to watch the sunrise, so I decided to take advantage of this. It was absolutely worth it. It was so peaceful to sit there and listen to the wildlife wake up. Even though it was a little foggy outside, the sunrise was still beautiful.
Final Stop: Beehive loop
The final stop I made on my trip was to Beehive Loop. This trail was slightly intimidating to me at first due to their being rung and ladder trails, granite staircases, and exposed cliff faces throughout the hike. However, it turned out to be so much fun and the view was amazing! 10/10 would recommend if you ever get the chance to hike this trail!