The road that curls along Cadillac Mountain–the tallest peak in Acadia National Park–is a windy one. Lined with tooth-like shards of ruddy granite and frequented by cool, salty fogs that rise up off Frenchman Bay, the curvy byway is a treacherous route.
But for those who wish to visit the tree-hugged summit of the mountain, it is a necessary opponent to face. The only alternative is a several mile-long trail that trickles through brush and bog, forest and flaxen field.
The reward for overcoming its hairpins and blind spots is a striking view over Bar Harbor and beyond. That is, if the mists allow.
In this photo, we’d just punched through a heavy fog that limited visibility to a dozen or so feet. This was the first glimpse of the bay and islands we were able to savor that day.