May 12, 2009 – Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park

We cheated and drove to the top of Cadillac Mountain.  I say cheated because I’m with Edward Abbey that not every beautiful place in the world should be accessible by auto.  There are hiking trails to the top of the mountain, but it is disconcerting to get to the top and find a parking lot and RVs.  Abbey believed that the true splendor should take some sweat and effort, to help appreciate the journey.

Here’s proof that we were together on the trip, thanks to the self-timer on the camera.

A view to the north, I believe.

And a look towards the south.  I was struck at this place at the similarities to Olympic National Park in Washington overlooking Puget Sound.  The two parks are bookends to the northern coasts of the US, with Acadia being the drier, shorter version of Olympic.  I marveled at all the parts of the world I have yet to visit and for a moment was overwhelmed with all the unseen beauty across our planet.

one year ago…”Peaches”

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