Our early morning at my Acadia Photography Workshop started with a drive up Cadillac Mountain to see the sunrise. The tourist brochures like to say this is the first place in the U.S. that sees the sun but the reality is there are a couple other remote places that get the light a little sooner. It may be the first place people in the U.S. see the sun, but it really doesn’t matter. There is usually a crowd on the summit, it is fun to see families wrapped in blankets sitting on the rocks waiting for the sun to come up. As we were driving up the mountain I could see fog and clouds up on the mountain and then we started seeing cars coming down. It didn’t take me long to figure out they must be coming down because the clouds covered the summit. When I got to the top I was right and we drove back down until we were below the clouds. I didn’t want to go too low and lose the effect of being up high and there aren’t many pulloffs. There were already lots of cars parked at the place I wanted so I found a spot and we had a great view as the fog rolled across us.
We then went over to Sand Beach, not too far from Cadillac Mountain. One of the amazing things about Acadia is how different the areas are even though they aren’t that far apart. Sand Beach is the only sandy beach in the area and you can see Boulder Beach down the coast. There is also a lovely marsh area that I love to explore. There was obviously a big storm since I was last here because the little creek that goes through the marsh is much wider and crossing it was harder. The marsh is at the base of The Beehive, a cool hill with a unique shape.