So, one of the worst things you can do on vacation is go hiking after you got up before the crack of dawn to see the sun rise and are getting by on very little sleep. But this is exactly what we did the morning after we watched the sun rise at Cadillac Mountain: we set out to hike the Gorham Mountain Trail. The panoramic views of Acadia from the trail were incredible, but man, were we cranky.
Cranky Hiker, version 1
Cranky Hiker, version 2
Trail snacks are extremely important when the hikers are cranky.
The hike offered typical rocky Maine trails and lots of views of the ocean and the coastline below. Some of my pictures look fake/over-photoshopped because the colors are so vibrant, but that's really what the Maine coast looks like on a sunny day. We made hundreds of attempts at rock-as-tripod self-timer photos of the two of us together, which all failed miserably due to the bright sun overhead and our bad attitudes. Luckily, the scenery was more picturesque than our sullen faces!
You could even see all the way to Sand Beach from the trail.
And we made it to the top. 525 feet seems rather anti-climactic, but that's about 44 floors above the ocean, so the view of Acadia's coast was spectacular. I mean, who needs a fourteener? I guess that's an advantage to hiking on the east coast - you can actually make it to the top.
So, we can't really complain about spending the day on a beautiful trail. I just wish we had been able to do it after more sleep!
And you know what's good medicine when you're tired, hot, dirty, and cranky? ICE CREAM. After our hike, we headed into Bar Harbor for lunch and the best ice cream I've ever had. I was a little skeptical of the sweet shop with the giant lobster out front because it seemed kind of touristy, but it was amazing. I had one scoop of KGB (Kahlua, Grand Marnier, Baileys, OMG) and one scoop of coconut. So good!
If that wasn't enough, we then drove back up Cadillac Mountain to check out the view during the day. And then on the way back to the cabin, we made the same wrong turn on the park's loop road three times and ended up stuck driving on a one-way loop over and and over again. That did not help with the crankies!
All in all, it was a jam-packed day. We were very happy to hit the hay that night!