ACADIA NATIONAL PARK - DAY #4 - Friday, October 8, 2004
Imagine this... You are the very first person standing in the United States to see the sunrise. Sorta weird huh? But, I guess someone always has to be the first, right? Well, today that person may very well be your's truly. You see, if you stand the tallest atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, you too can claim your sunrise prize!
I wake early to get a jump on the sun. Half asleep, I hop in the driver's seat, then race out of the campgrounds to Cadillac Mountain. I'm really running against the clock and find myself driving faster than I like. Who would have thought a sunrise would be so important? Upon arrival I beat the sun by about 5 minutes. I wait around with a flock of other folks, and while waiting, I take notice that I'm the tallest dude of the bunch! WOOOHOOO!!! So I guess I will claim the sunrise prize! Finally, the sun rises up from the multi-colored horizon and it proves to be a pretty one. I'm so glad I made the effort to make its early morning greeting.
After a little more gloating over my sunrise prize, I drive out of Adacia National Park then head due south. My destination today is Parsonsfield, ME which is where my friend Bill lives. I decide to drive south for a bit along the Atlantic Coast before heading inland when I reach Portland, ME.
The drive serves up a few interesting sights, the first being Bass Harbor Lighthouse. Supposedly one of the most photographed lighthouses on the east coast, the lighthouse holds firm to a rocky shoreline and proves to be quite picturesque indeed. The next point of interest I encounter is the Penobscot Narrows Crossing. Spanned by the famous Waldo-Handcock Bridge, I witness a flurry of activity to build a larger, wider bridge that attempts to emulate the Washington Momument's obelisk look-and-feel. The day's last point of interest is the town of Camden, ME. I find the town an interesting and busy place, seems they've got some kind of regatta going on today.
After reaching Portland, ME I head inland due west to Parsonsfield, ME. Upon arrival in the evening I am heartily greeted by my friend Bill. We spend the rest of the night catching up on things.
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HIKING MOUNT CHOCORUA - Saturday, October 9, 2004
After waking I start my day with an alarming discovery. I've been sleeping next to a spooky cemetery! Little did I know, the night before, that within a stone's throw of my van sits an old, long neglected cemetery plot.
Out of the van now, I concentrate my attention away from the graveyard towards Bill's log home. It's a beautiful structure of logs, stone and tin. An array of two story windows adorn the living room area, his place is postcard perfect.
Bill proposes that we go on a hike and I readily concur. The plan is to drive out to Chocorua Mountain in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest. We arrive at the trailhead midmorning then start out on our trek up 2600 feet to the mountain's top. We find the weather not at all cooperative, the mountain's dome is covered with wispy fog. Regardless, we press on up the mountainside and in 3 hours we surmount the peak.
After eating lunch and resting a bit, we head back down by a different route to spice things up a bit. Near the end Bill and I are really dragging, we can't wait for the hike to finish. We manage to survive the hike a little worse for wear, however, a subsequent satisfying meal coupled with good company lifts our spirits.
In the evening I finally meet Bill's girlfriend, Louise. All three of us settle in for the night at Bill's place.
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DAY OF REST - Sunday, October 10, 2004
Spend the entire day and evening hanging out with my friend Bill.