On my way to Acadia National Park, I made a plan to watch the sunrise in Portland first. Previously, I’ve made the 7 hour drive overnight to get there, but I usually pullover and take a 2-3 hour rest. I’ve outfitted a very nice foam mattress that fits in the back of my Subaru Outback, making it the perfect stealth sleeper. This time I was driving up with friends, and there was no pulling over. After being awake for a little over 24 hours, we made it with time to spare. The dark skies soon grew brighter, and the distant ringing of the buoys let me know I was far from home. It was quite the busy spot, even for being there at 5:30am.
I may have been a bit delirious from lack of sleep at this point and was working on auto-pilot. It seemed like the entire sky was going to burst with color, but it remained along the horizon. No complaints, I think this turned out to be quite the stunner.
At some point, I drifted over to the opposite side for this view. Wave after wave crashed along the jagged shoreline beneath the lighthouse. Witnessing it firsthand makes you realize how important the warning of the light was so long ago. The sea is relentless and unforgiving.
Soon after, it was time to grab a bite to eat in Portland and make the way up the coast to Acadia. See you soon Lighthouse! Below is a bonus shot.
Another 2 hours or so in, we took a break in Camden to stretch the legs in town, get some air, and visit a few shops. I knew there was quite a view up on Mount Battie, so up we went. Pro-tip: If you do go up, and aren’t a resident, there’s a fee so be ready! From here it was straight to Acadia.