Acadia National Park — The Schoodic Peninsula Side (Sept. 2014).
by Anura Guruge
Yes, it was our third trip to Acadia National Park in a year, September to September. What can I say. We like it and at 5.5 hours away it is, at least to us, handy to get to. Kids love it. They will go there at the drop of a hat. This was a three day, three night trip. But, this time we went, mainly (i.e., 2/3 of the trip) to the Schoodic Peninsula side. Since the June trip I had wanted to give Schoodic a spin — and now we did and we are glad we did. The Acadia National Park section at Schoodic is, of course, much, much smaller — the one-way loop around the park a mere 6 miles vs. the 27 miles on Mount Desert Island. But, if you like Acadia for what it is, i.e., the rugged, spectacular, often awe-inspiring beauty — then the Schoodic side is also well worth doing. A different, a more intimate and as such interactive, experience. Much less travelled. There is no Bar Harbor and you only see the cruise ships as small, but still unmistakable, blobs in the way out distance. We were lucky in that we got the low-down on what to see and do from a local expert, Jim Close the co-owner of the delightful ‘Acadia View‘ bed & breakfast we stayed at, on Route 1, very close to the turnoff, on Route 186 to ‘the Park’. Thanks to Jim we got to explore “Little Moose Island” at low tide and experience the giddying heights and splendor of “Raven’s Nest” a 40′ drop off that the Park Service does its best to keep hidden because of its innate danger to the public. I took 890 pictures with my new Canon. They did NOT come out as well as I had hoped. I am sure that at least 90% of that is my fault. I still haven’t cracked this camera. I was using it at too lower a shutter speed in order to maximize the ‘depth of field’. I guess I need to bump up the ISO (to at least 200) and use ‘Tv‘ (i.e., shutter priority) as opposed to ‘Av‘ (i.e., aperture priority) and try and keep the shutter speed at least at 1/125 second. But, I will post some of the pictures as I go along. So here are just 10 pictures just to give you a feel of Acadia National Park — the Schoodic Peninsula section.
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