Acadia National Park is a magical place. It is also a very popular destination. Schoodic Peninsula is a small section of the park that is off the beaten track. It is a hour or so by car from the main park, a drive that takes you through a series of small Maine villages that have not had the commercial development of places like Bar Harbor and Ellsworth. This view across West Pond shows Mt. Desert Island (pronounced like the verb to desert, rather than the noun desert) in the distance—click on the image to enlarge it. A one-way loop road takes you to Schoodic Point and the Gulf of Maine.