This week, Eyewitness News is taking a trip down memory lane to showcase some favorite summertime vacation spots.
Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest said he and his wife Cheryl and his step-daughter Shannon like to go north for the dog days, to the Pine Tree State.
The beauty of Acadia National Park is what draws them to Maine almost every year.
It is where mountains meet the coast, providing a rugged beauty that takes your breath away, and where you can witness one of the earliest sunrises in the United States high atop 1500 foot Cadillac Mountain.
DePrest said a few years ago he and his wife captured an incredible sunrise reflecting off the Atlantic Ocean, with fog and a sea of ocean clouds.
“We think of Acadia National Park as our place to hike with incredible views everywhere you turn,” DePrest said.
He and his family said hiking is their most favorite activity, and they are proud to say they have conquered The Beehive, which is a mountain that actually looks like a bee hive.
“Here you have to climb rungs on steep cliffs in order to reach the summit,” DePrest said. “A more relaxing but very scenic hike is a popular one that goes around the perimeter of Jordan Pond.”
While they love hiking in Maine, they also enjoy sightseeing and going to the Bass Harbor Lighthouse, and digging through the sand searching for sea glass.
They enjoy going to their favorite restaurant called 2 Cats, located in Bar Harbor.
“There is always a line out the door, but the wait is well worth it,” DePrest said.
He added that his go-to breakfast dish is an omelet, home fries and pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.
“It's the best way to start a busy day of fun activities,” DePrest said.
There seems to be some difference in opinions about how to pronounce the actual name of the island where Acadia National Park rests.
“Some say Dessert Island, while others say Desert, which seems to make more sense because its' mountain tops are bald,” DePrest said.
He said his fondest memory shows “the weather geek” in him, and goes back to Tropical Storm Arthur.
“It hit last year when we were there,” he said, and he shot a video of heavy rain and gusty winds blowing through the trees.
He said he took Cheryl and Shannon to see the pounding surf along the Park Loop Road, which is a popular drive through Acadia.
While he said a vigorous hike is great, they couple also passes time with a relaxing boat ride on the Island Cruises out of Bass Harbor.
He said the cruises “offer great views of the harbor and the many islands that dot the coast of Maine.”
“We always see seals and bald eagles and its fun to learn about the thriving lobster industry,” DePrest said. “It is also a great way to beat the summer heat. The water surrounding Maine is always cold.”
Getting to Maine, he said, is about eight hours with stops, “but there are a number of fun things to see and do as you make your way up the Maine coast.”
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