After Capturing all the memories of Mt. Washington(Read the trip Mt. Washington-The Dangerous Beauty of Northeast America), we headed towards our next destination- The Acadia National Forest in the state of Maine, the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast.
We started from COG railway station at around 6 PM and sped through lush green landscape. Both the sides of the tracks were surrounded by forests and lakes apart from a few bungalows. It took around three and half hour to reach our hotel at Northeast harbor. It was complete dark outside then and we had no other option but to keep our battery charged for the next day.
Sunrise at Cadillac Mountain-
The biggest attraction of Acadia is to witness the sunrise from the Cadillac Mountain . We started at 4:20 AM in the morning from our hotel and reached the top just at the beginning of sunrise. It was one of the most ecstatic moments. We almost forgot to blink. The Atlantic Ocean and the rocky coast of Maine made the view even more splendid and picturesque.
Morning shows the day. And the beautiful morning made us hungry for more. While returning hotel from Cadillac Mountain, we were awe stuck by a mystic pond. It looked like a set of a English thriller movie. We stopped by to feel the thrill.
We completed our king like breakfast at the hotel and moved out for our next planned destination – Jordan Pond.
Jordan Pond is a glacier formed tarn with a maximum water depth of 150 feet (46 m). There are steep inclines on the left and right sides (West and East).This beautiful pond is surrounded by hills and forests. There was a mountain trail which led to the top of the hills. The speciality of this pond is that the water is exceptionally clear with an average visibility depth of 46 feet (14 m) but this has been measured as high as 60 feet (18 m), the most ever recorded in the State of Maine.We spent a good amount of time there and started for our next destination – Acadia National Park visitor center.
Acadia National Park visitor center-
We drove through the roads in between the forest and reached Acadia National Park visitor center. We got a parking pass for all the nearby places from there. We saw some stunning photographs of Acadia National Park hanging on the walls.
It is a famous restaurant situated at the shore of the ocean(Bar Harbor) and is famous for its delicious sea cuisine. The ambiance of the restaurant won’t let you down either. This is a must while you are visiting Acadia. As planned I ordered a jumbo lobster which was just yummy. It was the best lobster dish I have ever tasted. There were other exquisite dishes as well but predominantly seafood.
Once we had made our tummy happy we started for our destination sand beach. We took some photographs from the top rocks and headed towards next – Thunder hole.
It’s a rocky place with an unusual rock formation which creates a sound while waves thrashed into the hole in high tide time.
Park Loop Road-
We stopped by the place beside the road to take some selfies. It was a nice rocky place beside the blue ocean and jungle. We spent a good amount time till sunset which was another “soothing to eyes” experience. There are lots of Hollywood movies had been shot in this forest. One of the most famous of them was “Shutter Island”.
As every beginning has an end, it was time for us to go back to hotel and prepare for return journey. We got up early on the next morning and packed ourselves for another stop enroute to our home. It was Portland lighthouse. It is the oldest lighthouse in the state of Maine which is famous for being haunted.