We are more-or-less reconciled to the fact that we always take much longer than the suggested time to drive between places, pretty much regardless of which roads we select or how fast I take it. However, taking 7 hours to complete a 3.5 hour trip is quite the record, even for us.
Back on the road again, our first stop today was the charming lakeside resort of Wolfeboro, NH, where we enjoyed coffee and ice cream in the sunshine.
Following a 6am alarm and a hearty breakfast of oatmeal, we pulled into the carpark at Pinkham Notch at 8am and were on the mountain by 8:15. It was a sunny day, already quite warm amongst the trees, and there were a surprising number of other people around as we set off along the Tuckerman Ravine trail.
Day 7 dawned beautiful and sunny, so we drove up Cadillac Mountain (which, at 1,530 feet, is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard) for some excellent views, before leaving the coast and heading inland.
More rain was forecast so we had a leisurely start, but in fact it was merely overcast as we hopped on the bus again and set out to climb Pemetic Mountain. We started by Bubble Pond, and headed up the steep trail through the wood. In comparison to the packed carpark, the woods were empty and we had the trail to ourselves for much of the morning.
Acadia National Park is a wild and beautiful section of Mount Desert island. It has been part of the federal park service since 1916, and an officially-designated national park since 1919. It contains many unspoiled natural features – granite peaks, dramatic cliffs, lakes and woodland – as well as a network of hiking trails, carriage paths, and mountain roads to enable holidaymakers to enjoy the scenery.