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Acadia National Park
Central Maine Coast

Tuesday, October, 5, 2004

Hike: #6

Location: In Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor, ME.

Hiking Trail: Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail

Park Website: Acadia National Park

Distance: 7 miles

Elevation Change: 1384 feet

Tread: Forest path, slick rock, barren mountaintop

Miles/Time/Avg: 7.0/3:00:00/NA

Personal Rating:   (5 thumb max)

I've never spent much time in Maine, let alone in such a wonderful place as Acadia National Park. A jewel of America's Eastern Shoreline, the park's loftiest offering is the pink granite Cadillac Mountain. She's not a tall mountain. On her tippy-toes she barely stretches 1530 feet skyward, but, she is special just the same. How so? The top of Cadillac Mountain is the bit land within the U.S. that receives the first rays of the rising sun. How cool is that?!?

My hike today certainly won't be fashioned around a sunrise summit effort. It's afternoon now, and anyway, I'm not a morning person. But, I may just make the effort to see the sunrise before I leave the park. Doing so will give me bragging rights of being the first person to see the sunrise in the U.S. for a given day in my life. Plus, I'm pretty tall. Standing at 6'4", I'd probably be taller than anyone else who shows up for the same bragging rights, so, I'm sure to win! Hmmmm, maybe I should bring something to stand on, just to be sure.

Well, the time has arrived to stop the "gibber-jabber" (Hey, Mr. T used to say that on the A-Team TV Series) and get hiking. I tell ya, I "pity the fool" (Ha! Another Mr. T reference) who's reading this and decides not to come along with me. Hey, there's the A-Team Crew now, Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith, Captain "Howlin' Mad" Murdock, Lieutenant Templeton "Face" Peck, and Sergeant Bosco "B.A." Baracus (aka Mr. T).

We're all geared up and ready to go. You coming? Mr. T will make you if you refuse!

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