BAR HARBOR, Maine, U.S.A. – I can understand why President Barack Obama and his
family chose to vacation at Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island in
Maine. The real question is, why would they want to go back to Washington?
Looking up at Wild Gardens of Acadia.
Acadia is beautiful beyond belief. From Otter Point to Thunder Hole to the top
of Cadillac Mountain, Acadia is tremendous, peaceful, wonderful and
The political climate in Washington is not.
When first traveling to Acadia, any visitor should make sure to see the Seawall.
The Seawall is a rocky beach on the southern part of the island, and is a great
starting point for any Acadia adventure.
Seagull at Otter Cliffs, Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island in
Unlike many other spots in the park, Seawall is safe and accessible. Visitors
simply park across the road from the beach, and then walk a short distance to
While at the Seawall, one can investigate pools of seawater in the rocks, where
all sorts of interesting life can be found. Wade in the water, and though it is
extremely cold, because it’s also extremely satisfying. Or simply sit atop the
seawall and watch the ocean.
After seeing the Seawall, it’s time for the Loop Road through the park. Be sure
to stop by the visitor’s center before starting, as much can be learned about
the park from spending a few minutes there. Then proceed to the look that takes
visitors to the major attractions of the park.
After stopping (or not) at a few scenic overlooks, which are stunning, one will
arrive at Thunder Hole, a place on the coast where the waves crash into a large
crevice in the rocks, making a thunderous sound. This place is cool. Really,
really cool. It’s usually pretty crowded though, getting a spot right on the
railing may take awhile.
View of Schooner Head, Mount Desert Island, Maine.
The thunder usually happens best at mid-tide, with the tide rising.
After Thunder Hole and some more nice overlooks, one arrives at Otter Point,
possibly the most beautiful part of the whole park. The view from the cliff – of
waves crashing in against jagged, giant cliffs – is quite breathtaking.
In the interior of the park are the Wild Gardens of Acadia. The gardens are
divided into different sections, each growing a piece of the unique habitat of
Acadia. These gardens are tranquil and extremely interesting.
The final point in this tour of Acadia is the top of Cadillac Mountain, the
tallest mountain on the east coast. It can be very foggy on top, but still
At the peak, it feels as though one is in a different world. Much of the ground
is bare granite, and plants are small because of the cold, arid, windy climate
on top of the mountain. Make sure to talk to a park ranger to find the true
Stand there and feel the salty air on your face. Smell the pines. Look over the
Beats the heck out of Republican Senators, doesn’t it, Mr. President?