The second half of our Maine adventure starts with my girls (Meagan and Madison) flying up to visit us and spend a few days exploring the area!
With my girls with us, we set out to explore Acadia a bit more and hike a couple of trails. We found a long boardwalk through birch trees in the nature center at Sieur De Monts Spring nature center. It's a very pretty area and a great nature walk (Jesup Path), but we have no idea where it leads since the signs didn't say how long the path was. We walked about 30 minutes in one direction before we turned around to go explore some more exciting areas.
Next, we went exploring the southeast shore, looking for a place called “Thunder Hole”, where the incoming waves are supposed to create a very large splash area and thundering noise. Turns out the area we thought was thunder hole wasn't even close (we were about a mile north of it), but we had lots of fun climbing around on the rocks anyway. The coastline here is very unique and a stark contrast to the long stretches of beach we're used to in Florida. Cliffs, jagged rocks, and crashing waves abound! Very fun to just explore and wonder at the very beautiful coastline. We did find Thunder Hole a few days later, but apparently the waves have to be just right to make the thunder hole “thunder”.
We got a bit unlucky with the weather, however. A majority of the time my girls were visiting was dampened with heavy fog all day long. We made two trips up to Cadillac Mountain, hoping to clear the fog, but mother nature just wasn't having it!
Mother nature also decided to ruin our big plans for a whale watching tour! We were pretty disappointed, but found another boat out to see some of the amazing shoreline and islands from the water. One of the islands hosts a lighthouse and hundreds of seals. We made the best of it and still had a great day exploring!
For the entire visit to the area, every trip to and from Acadia, we saw huge signs for a lumberjack show. Being that it was only 1/2 mile from our camp site, we could also hear this show almost every night and it sounded like everyone was having a blast! So, we just had to go check it out Timber Tina's Great Maine Lumberjack Show! Tina, the owner (who was also a contestant on Survivor), MCs this amazing show that did not disappoint! Fully entertained from beginning to end! Don't skip this show if you're in the area!
Finally, on our last day, the fog finally lifted and we got to take my girls to Cadillac Mountain! It was a beautiful day with just a little bit of sea fog left over, making the views spectacular! We also got to visit Sand Beach, but didn't swim since the water is 55 degrees. That's about 25 degrees too cold for our Florida blood!
All in all, our visit to Maine was absolutely the highlight of our summer! If you haven't been, you're missing out!