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Journeys Through America is a nonprofit organization providing educational material for all school-aged children across the country. The program will form partnerships with local school districts to provide children with a new, interactive, educational experience integrating the history of America and its National Parks. Journeys Through America's goal is to foster a fun and adventurous learning environment that will promote altruistic growth within our children and our greater community.

Acadia National Park, Pt. 2

By Jul 2nd 2010 No Comments »

So much has happened since Wednesday! I know it’s been too long since our last update, but the good news is we’ve purchased a wireless card so we can all catch up more often.

Anyways, Acadia National Park was an incredible experience. I must say that it’s pretty amazing that you can be fully immersed in the woods one minute, and on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean the next.

Wednesday was a very busy day.  The morning included a hike of Cadillac Mountain. We did the 4.4 mile trek to the 1,532 foot summit. A few interesting facts about Cadillac is that it is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard, and is also the first place to see the sunrise in the United States! …Which makes this mountain extremely popular with tourists – even at 4:30AM with people eager to be the first in line to see the nation’s sunrise.

After our hike of Cadillac, we enjoyed some nice PB&J’s, a la car. A quick break, but nothing too long..there was too much to see and do. So off we went to Sand Beach – Sand Beach is a small but gorgeous beach, that has views of the rocky coastline as well as the mountains of Mt. Desert Island surrounding it.  We had one goal to fulfill at Sand Beach, which was to dunk our heads in the water – it was a chilly task (water levels rarely exceed 55 degrees), but one we had to do…just once..

A quick dry off and we continued on Park Loop Road to Thunderhole where we watched the waves roll in and out of the small cavern below, waiting for that one powerful wave to create that thunderous BOOM! Nothing too powerful this time around as the sea was pretty calm, but a wave or two managed to get the crowd excited enough for some boisterous ‘oohs and ahhs.’

Our last stop of the day was the Otter Cliffs.  More spectacular views of the Maine coastline were provided – and some much needed reflection time was awaiting us.  It was a wonderful way to finish the day.

 

Thursday Morning: 4:00AM

It was a chilly morning, but we had only one thing on our mind: be one of the first to see the sun rise in the US. We packed our car quickly and diligently, checked out of the campground and took off for the summit of Cadillac Mt.

Really, not many words can be used to explain this…all we really have to offer is that you need to see it for yourself. It’s a remarkable experience!

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