I anxiously anticipated my trip to Acadia National Park for over a year. I poured over books, “googled” and perused websites. I searched the forums. I had very high expectations. I was not disappointed.
We flew from Saginaw to Detroit to Bangor, ME on Friday. An unexpected pleasure was a window seat on the North side of the airplane and a “birds eye” view of the entire state of Vermont, as we passed by! On arrival in the park, we drove the Park Loop Road before we even checked into our Inn in quaint Bar Harbor. We were in a monsoon when we arrived, but the rest of the week was dry, with a couple of days of sun. We did fight the wind the entire trip, but that wasn’t able to staunch our excitement at finding photo opportunity after opportunity.
I had been told that Otter Cliff was not only “the” photo op in the park but that there was a special beach from which to gain optimal perspective. We worked a bit to find “boulder beach,” but we did and we spent 3 of the 5 mornings there from the twilight alpenglow until well after sunrise. I brought back 2 images which I cannot decide between.
At every turn, we found carriage roads and bridges, streams, rapids and waterfalls, ponds, and foliage. And that was just in the park. There are hundreds of images which begged to be taken — and we may have found 20% of them!
When in Rome . . . . . My wife and I had 7-8 lobster meals between us. Bar Harbor is a wonderful little town with great restaurants. Probably 40% of them were closed when we arrive and maybe 60% by the time we left and we still had no problem eating well. And the folks at Quimby House, our Inn, were helpful and courteous and downright friendly.
One of the benefits of our craft, as I said in a previous blog, is knowing a kindred soul. On this trip, as in past photography trips, my best friend, Rich and his wife joined us. We had a great time and there is nothing better than to share the near-religious experience of being in nature when the sun rises, with someone. And no one better than a close friend and kindred spirit. Thanks, Rich, for sharing one of those moments. You can see his work at Richness Of Nature Photography.
I will go back to Acadia in a heartbeat!
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