The Green Wave Gazette Fall 2016 - Page 15

F ALL 2015 P AGE 15 Acadia Has So Much to Offer: See the stars and hear the thunder Izzy Miele ‘20 Contributor are visible compared to Abington. When I laid down to see the sky, I was able to clearly see a part of our Milky Last summer I was fortunate enough to Way galaxy. My Dad had a pair of explore all of the natural beauty of binoculars in the car, and with the Acadia National Park with the people magnification, we were able to locate that I love. Acadia is a nature reserve many constellations, and even the located on Mount Desert Island in galaxy closest to us (Andromeda). Maine, about a five and half hour drive from Boston. The island has rocky coasts, mountains, lakes, ponds, mead- Echo Lake is a popular swimming spot with a small public beach and a ows and even Bar Harbor, a small town that attracts people from all over view of Beech Mountain. The beach is the country. Personally, the outdoors a great place to relax and take in some sun, but it is extremely crowded. My is where I am most comfortable, so family and I stumbled upon a great Acadia is the place for me. spot on Echo Lake that had huge rocks, perfect for eating lunch, relaxing, and One of the first stops my family and I even for jumping off of. The fresh made was the summit of Cadillac water leaves you feeling refreshed and Mountain. We hopped in our car cool. and drove up the winding road to reach the top, stopping at many of the Thunder Hole is a major tourist viewpoints to take in the stunning views. From the top, you could see the attraction in the heart of Acadia. It is a countless islands off of Maine’s coasts huge inlet in the rocks of Maine’s shore that was naturally formed by and everything else below. The true beauty though, is Cadillac Mountain at water smashing against it. There is night. At around 11 p.m., my Dad and something about the shape of the hole that creates a loud noise when the I drove up the same winding road to waves crash into it that resembles the the summit, this time not to see the view below, but to see the view above. sound of thunder. You can see the waves reach a height of 40 feet during In Maine there is less light pollution than our home in Massachusetts, so the the intense impact. There is a small stars are much clearer, and many more elevated walkway leading tourists to the attraction and providing a great view of the water flushing in and out of the inlet. The famous thunder-like roar doesn’t happen all the time. You have to visit when the tide is coming in if you want to get the full effect. The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse was built in 1858 and is now used for Coast Guard housing. When we arrived, we walked down a short trail that leads to the rough face of the cliff the lighthouse stands on. The view of the lighthouse from that point seems like one from a postcard or calendar. There is a separate trail that brings you to the lighthouse. When standing next to the structure, you really appreciate the amazing view of the ocean, sparkling in the sun. Acadia National Park is a family friendly place that connects people to nature. It helped us truly appreciate the world we live in. We sometimes take for granted the beauty that the world provides us, so going to places like Acadia can remind us of what really matters. Whether you find peace in swimming in lakes, hiking a mountain, natural thrills, or just fresh air, Acadia is a great getaway. And if you go, be sure to bring your camera! Fall Game Faces Sarah Tornato ‘17 Staff Photographer “The outdoors is where I am most comfortable, so Acadia is the place for me.” Izzy Miele ‘20 Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse— Izzy Miele ‘20