After visiting Bar Harbor today and our hike to the Beehive completed earlier than we thought it would be we headed back to Ellsworth to pick up Route one towards Gouldsboro, Winter Harbor. It is about 19 miles from Ellsworth. Once there and following directions leading to Schoodic Point, Acadia National Park we found ourselves at the Schoodic Woods Campground. This is very new and first year in service. We spoke with a Park Ranger at the information center. There are many bike and hiking trails in the area along with six miles of coastal scenery to enjoy. A park pass is required, same as with in the park on MDI. We drove through the campground which was hot top roads leading to the campsites. There were options for camping, tent sites, camper sites and "hike in camp sites." Options for primitive, water and/ or electric, are throughout the park. The campground was full today and Monday is the last day for the season. The Park Ranger said it has been at 95-100% occupancy all summer 2016 and it can be reserved up to six months early so if interested should be contacted at any time now for season 2017. We drove around and everyone camping today was very friendly with a hardy wave of the hand as we passed by. I wasn't sure to begin with what was meant by "hike in sites" but gathered...you park and carry belongings, tent, etc into the woods for a more private camping experience. Maybe for those young kids that live to hike and bike who haven't had the years added to their bodies. Definitely used to be the way we liked to camp, but not so much anymore. We like conveniences and this campground had them with RV sites and water and electric and bike/hike trails virtually just by stepping outside your camper.
The rocks on this coastline are tumbled and while standing up by the road I heard peaceful music coming from them as the waves receded back into the ocean. The tumbling of the rocks under the waves when they pulled away sounded like pipe music.
This coastline is very picturesque. We drove the One Way loop road finding there were many turn offs to check out the scenery along the way. Great panoramic view of Frenchman's bay and in the horizon I could see the mountain's of Bar Harbor. What looked to be Pementic, Dorr, Cadillac and a few others that at this time I can't name. The weather was getting a little cloudy as we drove so not able to get a good shot of the mountains with my camera. We will need to come back here for some hiking in the near future and climb Schoodic Head. I hear there are three trails that lead to the summit so will need to research for which one would be our best option.
Pink Granite above
These are large veins of dark basalt that forced their way through the older granite along the Schoodic shoreline. Both the older granite, and the much darker basalt, are igneous rocks that were formed from the cooling of magma during past volcanic activity. The contrast between these two can easily be seen throughout the peninsula. Basalt dikes are seen around the coastline sandwiched in the granite and fall off as the force of the waves over time crashes and weaken their hold. One shows as the one in the water in darker color