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2007 -- Late
September in the USA
Desert Island, Maine, USA: Cadillac Mountain
nearly 500 metres above the surface of the earth
may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a
good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught
up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
with very attractive sandwiches and big pickles from a sandwicherie in
Bar Harbor, 30 September 2007, we're bursting with enthusiasm to visit Cadillac
Mountain (right), the highest peak on beautiful Mount Desert Island, part of the
Acadia National Park (the first national park east of the Mississippi river, 1919).
view of Bar Harbor from a little ways up the open granite stairways that make
hiking here so much more rewarding than most tree-entombed hiking in New England.
An educational cruise ship for kids lies just off the docks.
marching up past an orphan piece of 12-strand steel cable on a beautiful, temperate
day (as Boston was still suffering under mid-80s F. [30° C.] temperatures
at the end of September).
thin vegetation -- not for nothing named the Isles des Monts-déserts by explorer Samuel Champlain in 1604.
halfway up and speculating about lunch with enormous pickles
to find a nice scenic perch for lunch
is over -- now for the summit
excellent, scenic, easy walk up long granite stairways, with little cairns to
follow in case the fog rolls in
Mountain stands at 466m (1,530 ft), not himalayan but a great
scenic way to spend a few hours on a sunny afternoon with a cool breeze off the
study in determination
and the view northward, just near the top of Cadillac Mountain
bicycle rally up the fairly gentle tourist road to the top of Cadillac Mountain
to the south of Mount Desert Island (mostly all to do with Cranberries)
carpark on Cadillac Mountain, 1,530 feet a.s.l. (466m)
contemplating Cranberry Islands, named after the only surviving industry in her
native Wisconsin, except football
main part of the top of Cadillac Mountain, near the carpark, seen from a bit farther
it's time to walk back down and see about another lunch. Prior to beginning our
speculations about dinner at the Brooklin Inn.
narrator comfortably seated amongst many other glacial "erratics"
is the "North Ridge" route to Cadillac Mountain, a fairly short and
easy hike worth recommending to all your friends and relations.
rock formations in the forest. And Kristin.
last look back up at Dorr Mountain, adjacent to Cadillac
and the final stretches back to the car near Bar Harbour
Lake, just west of Cadillac Mountain
cruise ship at Bar Harbor
Feedback and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 13 October 2007, revised 16 October 2012.