5.6.11

MAINE, PART I: ACADIA NATIONAL PARK















Maine! My camera battery was on its last legs this day, so I'm surprised any of these came out at all. We spent most of it driving around exploring Acadia National Park. Took it pretty easy on our citified-selves, hiking the trail (and off-trailing it a bit for some rock clambering) from Newport Cove to the Thunder Hole (not especially thunderous that day.) Then we drove up to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard, and peered down across all the little islands like jelly beans in the bay. Everything reminded me so much of home, including the little woolybear caterpillar we befriended in the parking lot.

It had been so long since I had been in a real, proper National Park, the kind that overwhelms me and allows no room in my mind for politics or cynicism, leaving me in quiet awe of the continent I happen to have been born on. I hadn't yet experienced that feeling on this side of the country.
It was familiar and foreign, all at once.

22 comments:

kelsey louise said...

These are beautiful. And I'm glad you had the pleasure of being free of cynicism and politics for a bit--that can be difficult! Our continent is beautiful, sometimes I forget, too.

Emily Rose said...

thunder hole wasent doing much when i went there too! i loved that park, has some really great history. and did you know that the top of cadillac mountain is the first spot in north america the sun hits first when it rise? we ment to get up early to watch the sunrise one morning..b ut we didnt quite make it out of bed ;P

Honor said...

It looks absolutly breath taking there.
xxx

Elena said...

Hi Siri! Are you coming with the Pains to Vigo (Spain) in July? That'd be great!! :)

Ringo, have a banana! said...

Oh Elena, I wish more than anything that I was. But money (and commitments...but mostly money) wont allow. Have a great time though.

Helen said...

Spectacular! Looks windswept

AnnaBananaCupcake said...

I've never been to this park, or Maine at all really, but it looks wonderful. I love those furry caterpillars!
XOXO

ana said...

ahh that bug! gorgeous photos as ever

Sarah J said...

These photographs are so very stunning. Love his spec. So much love.

Sweet Harvest Moon said...

Amazing pictures! Really beautiful

Elena said...

:(

I hope you can come soon!
xx

Ringo, have a banana! said...

Elena: Every time the Pains go to Spain they have the BEST time! Which is why I'm especially jealous :n ) I know they're looking forward to playing there.

Windswept is definitely a good way to describe where we were in Maine. I'm excited to share pictures of where we stayed in Bar Harbor, it was the sweetest little B&B. And we got wild blueberry pancakes! Up next ;n )

kristin renner said...

lovely photos! I just got a canon AE-1 and I can't wait to start shooting :)

Meg said...

such lovely photos! Maine is a wonderful place.

vic said...

These are so.so. pretty! I want some fresh country air. x

Anonymous said...

The guy you're with looks just like Alex Naidus from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart!

Ringo, have a banana! said...

One and the same :n )

Maggie said...

So beautiful. I've always wanted to visit Maine, and this only increases that desire. The similarities it seems to share with my own beloved Pacific Northwest coastline fascinates me. Photos of Maine always look familiar to me, but not, at the same time (if that makes any sense).

Ringo, have a banana! said...

I completely know what you mean! When I said it reminded me of home, I was talking about the San Juan Islands :n )

It was all sooo familiar but at the same time off, it felt good and sad and funny all at once. If we had a lobster industry in the PNW it would basically be the same place haha!

hannah-rose said...

wow!! wow! your photos are beautiful. what a beautiful snapshot of travel. gives me the wanderlust.

X

Ringo, have a banana! said...

Good thing you'll be satiating that wanderlust in no time (or are you already on the go??) Can't wait to see your photos as well!

Nidhi said...

so happy to find your blog...thanks for visiting mine! I am looking forward to finally visiting Portland and Acadia...your photos are beautiful and made me so excited for the trip :)