Day 2 saw some actual planning on my part. I woke up at 5:30 to drive up Cadillac Mountain for sunrise (at 6:30). There was no parking at the top. I was lucky and found a roadside spot on my way down. This was frustrating because, again, I did not realize how crowded this park would be. It was really cold at the top. A Maine 38 degrees with wind is very different from a Virginia cold.
I managed to get a token photo of the sunrise. Cadillac Mountain is notable because, due to its view over the horizon, it is the first location in the United States to see the sunrise.
The sunrise is not my favorite photo from the mountain. There was also a great view overlooking Frenchman Bay and Bar Harbor with a cruise ship. The blue light before sunrise was soft and pink.
After sunrise I drove back to my campsite, made breakfast, and topped off the ice in my cooler.
The day’s activities were a shuttle ride over to Jordan Pond. There is a restaurant there famous for their popovers. The water at Jordan Pond was incredibly clear and they do not allow people or pets in the water. It is so clean that it provides drinking water to some of the island without requiring any filtration.
After I rode back from Jordan Pond, I hiked down to the ocean from my campsite. Acadia has several hours of the “golden hour” and the light was absolutely lovely. I struggled with composition here (and really the whole trip), but I took some photos of the waves breaking over the coast.
More photos can be found in my gallery.