Acadia’s Best Kept Secret

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Monument Cove is a little piece of heaven tucked quietly away between Thunder Hole and Otter Cliffs in Acadia National Park. If you have ever walked the ocean path along the loop road you have probably stopped to enjoy the view from the small rock wall atop the 100 ft high cliff looking down into Monument Cove and further to Otter Cliffs. Most people settle for the view from above, justifiably marveling at the beauty below, but I like to get a little closer to the action.

Not easy to get down into, this small cove is protected on three sides by steep rocky cliffs, and the Atlantic Ocean does it’s job protecting the fourth side. I love this place… even in summer there rarely is anyone there, and you are pretty much guaranteed to have it all to yourself if you visit first thing in the morning any time of year. Combined with some nice light, the knocking sounds from the round rocks being jostled by the waves makes this a pretty neat experience. As always, first light does a number on the Acadia granite shoreline, lighting it up to create a sight that only the earliest of risers will experience.

Made on June 2, 2006 at 5:20am, the image above is one of my all time favorites. As I write this post I am preparing to re-visit Monument Cove in the morning. We are expecting the temperatures to dip down to as low as 13 degrees tonight, but the forecast is also calling for partly cloudy skies around the time of the 6:23am sunrise. I am keeping my fingers crossed for some nice light to go along with some interesting clouds. More to follow…

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