Late getting up to full speed, we ate a light lunch at the Lighthouse restaurant. The apartment where we are staying is immediately below the restaurant, so we can hear nearly every step, chair scooting, etc. The food was really good.
Our final goal touring Acadia NP was driving to the top of Cadillac Mountain. Cadillac Mountain is the major destination for visitors to Acadia National Park. It is Accessible by car, and is the highest point on the east coast of the U.S. it offers magnificent views of a glaciated coastal and island landscape. With intense visitation through the summer months for the past eighty years, the summit area has sustained substantial loss of soil and vegetation. Several rare plants that inhabit the mountaintop may be threatened as a result, and they are now roped off.
From Cadillac Mountain we drove the Loop Road almost all the way around to walk through the Wild Gardens of Acadia in Acadia National Park. The Gardens is maintained by a diverse group of community volunteers to reflect the typical habitats as found on Mount Desert Island. More than 300 native species are labeled to make identification easy in nine separate display areas. Many of the paths were closed, but a circuitous route was available to view the many native plants. No butterflies were observed.