Did we mention the fog this week?
SURE. Grenville did that in the post about our trip to Cadillac Mountain on Mount Desert Island (MDI) along with his fog photos. So just how foggy was the drive?
VERY. But despite that it was still well worth driving 27-mile Park Loop Road through Acadia National Park on ascend Cadillac Mountain summit. And, it sure beat cycling (or hiking) up. Yes, folks do cycle in the fog (see below). Personally, we prefer to see what’s ahead – or behind us.
Cadillac Mountain, even after being sheared off by glaciers, remains the highest point along the North Atlantic Seaboard at 1,532 feet above sea level. Its composition is pink granite with forests of spruce and pitch pineIt provides spectacular panoramic views of Acadia. We’re going back today because (1) it’s finally SUNNY with blue skies so we might actually see the panoramic views and (2) only way to drive through the park is to buy a 7-day pass ($20) so we’re paid up.
MDI is the largest island off the coast of Maine. With an area of 108 square miles (280 km²) it is the 6th largest island in the contiguous U.S. The winding, scenic road leading to the top of Cadillac Mountain is about 3.5 miles long; it was officially opened in 1931.
Here’s the BIG question . . .
Was the mountain named after the car, the car after the mountain or after someone with connections to Maine and Motown?
Both, sort of . . .Cadillac Mountain is named for a French explorer, – Antoine Laumet del La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, born Antoine Laumet; Cadillac was from a town near his birthplace.
Before being renamed in 1918, the mountain was called Green Mountain. In the late 1800s, MDI was a popular summer resort for the rich. From 1883 until 1893 the Green Mountain Cog Railway , a narrow gauge mountain railway, took visitors to the summit to the Green Mountain Hotel. It burned in 1895 and the cog railway ended and was sold to the Mount Washington Cog Railway in New Hampshire.
WAIT until we get some photos in clear weather; to be continued . . .