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Mount Desert Island, Maine | Yankee Classic

Mount Desert Island, Maine | Yankee Classic
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But many sections of the island also epitomize Maine and its fishing villages: cabins with lobster traps stacked like cordwood in the back yard; lilacs grown up like trees in front of the windows of squat farmhouses whose fields stretch down to the harbor; gardens, sometimes the whole yard tilled up, planted with cold-weather crops — turnips, broccoli, cauliflower, peas — whose roots must surely touch salt water; cliffs like cathedral walls and trees that grow out of rocks.

The last time I was on Mount Desert Island, I got up at 3:30 a.m. and made my way through the darkness to the top of Cadillac Mountain: I wanted to be the first to see the sun rise at 4:07 a.m. and I was relieved to find that I was alone when I reached the top. The darkness eased into light but I never saw the sun, sheathed as it was in fog.

At that moment, I knew that the island was weighted with thousands of visitors, most of them asleep in their tidy guest cottages or trim hotel rooms — image enough to make mockery of Champlain’s perception of these mountains as barren and deserted. Yet through the dimness of the mist, there wasn’t a hotel, a cottage, or a person in sight — all I could see were the breakers that looked like lace collars around the ledges below.

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One Response to Mount Desert Island, Maine | Yankee Classic

  1. Paulette Billiel July 5, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    We discovered Bar Harbor and Acadia in 2006. We are native New Englanders and cannot imagine what took us so long to visit this wonderful place. It is my favorite vacation spot. My husband has also taken a motorcycle ride to Bar Harbor and gone to the top of Cadillac Mountain on his bike. It is one of the most beautiful spots in New England and everyone should have the opportunity to visit there.

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