First full day in Acadia National Park! This day was pretty overcast, but it made for a great contrast to the incredible colors of the autumn foliage, so I didn’t mind one bit.
As I mentioned in the last post, Acadia is super manageable. The park is set along a mostly one-way loop road, making it very easy to hit all the main stops. My first stop of the day was Jesup Path. It’s a short and flat hike, but I knew it involved a boardwalk through the woods so I was interested. I’m so glad I made the stop, because I was completely blown away by the scenery.
The colors of the leaves were absolutely magical, and the cloudy day sent a gorgeous clean white light through the trees. As the hike was so unassuming, I actually had the area to myself for quite a while, making the experience even more special.
This jaunt down Jesup Path actually set me back for the day — I didn’t anticipate spending so long here! As you can see, it was well worth it.
After Jesup Path, it was on to the Ocean Path. This path actually runs parallel to the loop road so it’s not really necessary to walk the whole thing (there are parking areas along the way for the main stops.) I was feeling ambitious though, so I parked at the start of the trail at the Sand Beach parking lot.
I’m really happy I decided to walk the path. Though granted, it once again took me way longer than expected as there were nice little scenic turnouts every now and then to take advantage of the ocean view.
After an absurdly long time (due to all my scenic detours) I arrived at Thunder Hole. Thunder Hole is a natural inlet, where the strong surf crashes against the rocks with a thunderous noise. The seas were pretty angry when I got there, but weren’t quite making that iconic sound that day.
As you can see from the water washing over the pathway, visitors really had to time their steps perfectly to avoid a wash out! I wasn’t too interested in soaking wet feet, so I kept a safer distance.
I continued down the path some more with no real perception of time or distance (my phone battery had died from the cold temperatures almost immediately), simply enjoying the beauty of Acadia.
(Yeah, I was too hungry and finished everything before taking a picture. Believe me, you’d do the same.) I decided to take a short walk down to Jordan Pond after my meal; the longer visit was planned for the next day. The two round mountains shrouded in fog are known as The Bubbles — not a hike I did this time, but one that I apparently did as a child. Good for me!
I had planned to go up Cadillac Mountain again for sunset, but as you can see the fog was rolling in and there would have been no view. After some relaxation time at my hotel I drove back into Bar Harbor for dinner. I decided I’d make a normal human choice and not have my third lobster roll dinner in a roll, and I would like you to know I was FULL OF REGRET and did not enjoy my dinner as much as I could have. Let my mistake be a lesson: when you can have a lobster roll, always have a lobster roll.