Walking around this summit, the granite proves both impressive and unique. On this, the first sunny day in a while, folks flocked to the summit, exiting their cars to hike all over the exposed granite surface. From a distance, the crowds gave the mountain a curious ants-on-a-jelly-sandwich look.
The seas are calm - at least this day. Still, having spent so much time on the rugged Mendocino Coast, it was interesting to view the placid nature of the Atlantic. Doesn’t Pacific mean, well, 'pacific' and Atlantic - Titanic? They rhyme, you'll note.
A bit higher in elevation, lichens can be seen actively, quietly beginning the process that breaks down solid rock so that mosses and then rooted plants can ultimately take hold.
Ending our day, we caught the ferry from Mount Desert Island over to Swan Island. Looking over our shoulder it was easy to imagine this scene was frozen in time from a century or so back.
Upon return, it was clear how low in elevation Acadia’s home island rests. Cadillac is located in the center of this shot. Back east, they call this a mountain.
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