The State of Maine has a rugged coastline. The ocean, she is a fickle beast, one day she’s supplying your business with copious amounts of seafood wares, and the next day she’s sweeping your off your ship never to be heard from again. Along this dangerous headland are some pathetic excuses for beaches, mountains, and deep crags. A seemingly innocent nature trail winds along this coastline in a place called Acadia National Park. This is where the mighty, indomitable Mosquito Mountain can be found.
Mosquito Mountain was aptly named by Cousin Dave on a trip to the Park. We walked along the Cliffside trail talking, relaxing, and enjoying the crisp ocean air. We came upon a small break in the rock, about head-height, that one could climb up and rest in the flora above if one wished. On the side of this rock is a plaque explaining how Rockefeller had donated so much acreage to the Park. We climbed up for a better view of our surroundings and to rest our feet for a few minutes.
We were not able to rest very long before the mosquitoes began swarming. When you brushed one off your left arm, two came to land on your right arm. If you waved both arms around, then one buzzed by each of your ears to land on your neck. Apparently we had crossed into enemy territory, and they had sent out the repelling force. Our stay was short, and our descent was quick.
Cousin Dave never, to my knowledge, return to the top of Mosquito Mountain. One angry barrage of the mosquito strike force was all it took to teach him his lesson. On the other hand, I returned to the Mountain with my wife; she remained safely on the trail and took pictures of my arrogant folly. Posted today are those pictures. The first is my triumphant, Yurtle the Turtle-ish pose at the top. The second is my inglorious retreat from the keepers of the rock.
Should you ever venture to the Otter Cliffs in Acadia National Park, do be sure to stop by and pay homage to this small wonder of the world. Here the mosquitoes reign, and humans must respect this fact and give them their due.