Friday, October 19, 2007

A Tour of Acadia National Park

Yesterday was a beautiful day (they all are here in Maine!).

Our dear friend, who is the Superintendent of the Carriage Roads in Acadia National Park, took 8 of us on a tour of the Carriage Roads.

The day dawned with blue skies and only a wee bit of haze, but just enough to take the edge off the brilliance of the leaves which were in peak color. We rendezvoused at the Carriage Road on Eagle Lake, a serene sight in the early morning light.

We piled into the van to begin our adventure, criss crossing roads to take full advantage of the many lovely bridges, built by hand and hard work in the early 1900's by Mr. Rockefeller, who later donated this lovely bit of paradise to be enjoyed by all.The colors and vistas were beyond description and the ooh's and ahh's continued for the entire trip.

This gate house caught my eye.I spied this mushroom hiding among the rocks and grasses.

We spent about 4 hours touring, with a couple of breaks to take pictures and stopping for coffee to go along with the pumpkin pecan muffins I had baked to keep our hunger at bay until we could get into Bar Harbor for a fun lunch at Geddy's.

A wonderful time was had by all and we got home just in time to look out on an early autumn sunset.

Thanks so much to our friends who think enough of us to invite us to share and enjoy this wonderful gift. Oh yes, thanks also to Mr. Rockefeller for donating the land for the enjoyment of generations to come.


Zoey said...

I can see how that gate house caught your eye--those trees are just stunning on each side!

What a perfect day adventure to enjoy the seasonal color.

Kerri said...

I'm sitting here oohing and ahhing! Oh what a beautiful place..and absolutely spectacular in autumn! I can remember that gate house catching my eye too :) It's gorgeous, as are all the views you've shown us. Your photos are wonderful Giddy. I can see you're enjoying the new camera.
Our leaves did finally reach the spectacular stage after all, and yesterday we went for a drive and took lots of pictures. The colors are breathtaking.
Thanks for sharing Arcadia's beauty. You know how much I love to see it!!!

Sandy said...

I haven't been to the park in a lot of years. Thanks for such a nice tour. I do remember the the gate house!

LauraO said...

What a beautiful place. I've never been there - I'll have to add it to my list of places to go and things to do. Thanks for sharing.

kris said...

What beautiful photos - thank you!! Acadia is high on our list of places to visit. I hope we get to enjoy it more than once, but I think autumn is certainly when we should plan our first trip - the colors are spectacular.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Beautiful! I can see that fall is around the corner... or maybe winter is blowing in.
We are still haing the dog days of summer in Alabama. Thanks for sharing the pictures.