We arrived in Ellsworth,( about 20 miles from the Acadia NP) early enough to unhook the car and drive to the visitor center. We decided to drive the scenic Park Loop Drive which is a 27 miles scenic drive around the main part of the park. At first we were going to use the Desert Island Bus, but the visitor parking lot was half empty so we decided to drive. Much to our delight there were very few cars on the road. Apparently Hurricane Irene has kept the crowds away, at least for a few days.
The east part of Mount Desert Island, is the most popular and most visited part of the park. Our first stop on our drive was the famous Cadillac Mountain, the highest point of Desert Island. The views are spectacular from the top. The hurricane had blown much of the pollution out of the sky and we experienced crystal clear skies, the kind you can see forever. The pictures below were taken from Cadillac Mountain, which is also the highest mountain on the East coast. From Cadillac Mountain you can see the east and west part of Desert Island as well as the Schoodic Peninsula.
Acadia park has over 45 miles of carriage trails that can be used for hiking, biking, and horse back riding. We got out our bikes the next day and explored over 20 miles of the carriage trails. The carriage roads are examples of "broken stone" roads, a fancy name for hard packed gravel. John D Rockefeller built the carriage trails with no real destinations in mind so they meander up and down (operative words) and around the park. They are in excellent condition. My only comment is the park service could do a much better job with the printed maps they hand out. There was no description of the roads regarding steepness or points of interest. I was also disappointed that there were no picnic tables along the way.
I stopped and admired this beautiful water fall along one of the roads.
The next day we decided to explore the Schoodic Peninsula which is part of Acadia NP, but separated by private land. On the way we saw this heron along the road. He/she stood still for the longest time. At first I thought it was a decoy, but he was real.
More of the beautiful shoreline around Schoonic Point looking towards Mark Island Lighthouse.
Mary and Whimpy's turned out to be a good choice. We had excellent service and very good lobster.