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Page 12-Saturday, April 14, 1979-The Michigan Daily

The Michigan Daily-Saturday, Apr

Mt. Desert a haven
for artists, tourists
By Elizabeth Slowik

Schussing at Steamboat Spri

By Marianne Egri

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IN MAINE, there are many artists.
IThey are undetectable to the un-
trained eye, but they are there, pranc-
ing along the rocky beaches, trimming
the billowing sails, even shopping for
clams and lobsters.
They come, most likely, for peace
and solitude. Artists are like writers, in
that often they are tormented people,
whose raging unconscious flows into
creative ecstacy. In Maine, they bundle
up in thick cable-knit sweaters and
pace along the shoreline, counting the
sailboats moored in the harbor and
drinking cheap wine.
No other spot in Maine can claim a
collection of artists like Mt. Desert
Island, the home of Acadia National
Park, and playground for the wealthy.
The Rockefellers vacationed there for
many years. Each summer, a gaggle of
college students and recent graduates
make a bee-line for the island, securing
jobs in service to the DuPonts, the Ken-
nedys, the Gettys, the Mellons, and live
in inexpensive boarding houses, and,
like the artists, drink cheap wine.
Often those college students are ar-
tists too. Thrust into a job market such
as advertising where the breaks are
slim and the luck thin, they escape to
Mt. Desert. And Mt. Desert is indeed an
artist's haven.
Just a short drive from Ellsworth,
Mt. Desert has mountains, beaches,
camping, sailing, and an abundance of
lobster restaurants. Hiking is the ac-
ceptable hobby, the bon jeux of the
youthful set. There are several moun-
tains from which to choose, some with
more difficult trails than others. Pine
trees cover the mountains. At the top
you can almost see Spain, but in the
foreground are Big and Little Cran-
berry Islands, little sisters of Mt.
Desert. The sun seeps through the crisp
September sky, the wind shakes the
brush and tousles the hiker's hair, and
suddenly the pine trees far below ripple
as the breeze rushes through them.
.~OWN HILL is easier than up, and
D) across the highway, through an,

'No other spot in Maine can
claim a collection of artists
like Mt. Desert Island...
Mt. Desert is indeed an artist 's
haven. '
clams soak in a tub of water. A Maine
dinner of steamed clams dripping with
hot butter, French bread, and wine
follows in the dark basement at Har-
bourside Inn, a popular boarding house
run by the Sweet family.
On the other side of the island lies Bar
Harbor (pronounced Bah Hahbah by
the knowledgeable), a quaint town of-
fering tacky shops for the summer
tourists and unique boutiques for the
islanders. One store specializes in
wooden products while another sells
postcards which date from the turn of
the century. At night Geddy's attracts
the college-age crowd. Much like Mr.
Flood's Party, but the size of Second
Chance, Geddy's books folk music
acts. Geddy himself often paces the
sidewalk at the front of his establish-
ment, encouraging passers-by to stop in
for a drink.
Throngs of toursists, the money-laden
lifeline for isolated Mt. Desert, overrun
the island during the summer. But
after Labor Day, they disappear.
leaving the boats, the mountains, ani
the sea food to the island's artists.

edging of pine forest, lies Little Long
Pond, a cool, clear inlet reminiscent of
a Norwegian fjord. A rocky ledge
provides the perfect dressing room, and
soon the hiker has abandoned boots,
sweatsocks, khaki shorts, and damp T-
shirt. The rocky shelf continues, moss-
covered, under water, until it drops
steeply and the current carries any
floating object quickly towards the
After drying in the buff in the waning
afternoon sun, the hiker drives to a
store in Southwest Harbor, where

rt-iE ROCKY MOUNTAINS roll from
1Steamboat Springs, Colorado,
wave after wave, until they dissolve in-
to a gray mist at the edge of a perfect
azure sky.-Snow bends the branches of
the endless trees, glittering in the
sunlight. The skier standing at the top
of the mountains finds himself in an
isolated world-a fantasy land.
Steamboat Springs ski resort in nor-
thwestern Colorado is "God's country,
and a mountain surrounded by people,"
according to engineering junior Gordie
Heinrich is one of 108 members of the
University Ski Club who tackled the
mountains during the spring break.
Steamboat, a mountain with three
peaks and a vertical drop of 3,600 feet,
offers slopes for skiers of all abilities.
For the expert who likes to attack
challenging slopes, there is Shadow
run, where the trees are only yards
apart, and the moguls are so big that
the skier can almost get stuck between
them. Moguls are bumps of ha-rd snow
formed on the mountain by people
making turns with their skis.
"The powder was fresh, the moguls
were even, and there were a lot of them,
which is what I like," said Heinrich.
"There's a fine line between losing it
and keeping it under control when
you're skiing the bumps, and it's
exhilarating. I'd get down to the end of
the run and look up, and couldn't
believe what I had just done."
there are runs such as Storm Peak,
which offer average-size moguls on
which to practice, or Two O'Clock, a
long, smooth run which encourages the
attempt to achieve a graceful, floating

And for the beginner, who may spend
much of the time sliding down the hill
(though not always on skis), or
dodging the trees instead of skiing
through them, Steamboat has many
long, easy runs.
"It's a good place to learn how to ski
because you can really practice without
having to go up and down the hill all the
time. In Michigan, you fall once and
you have to go up the hill again. Here
you can gain self confidence as you get
farther down the run," said Dental
Hygiene Senior Peggy Evans.
The many runs attain their special
character from the trees-pines,
spruces, and aspens-with their snow-
covered branches undisturbed by the
world around them, add a sense of
serenity. From almost any run on the
mountain, the skier can opt to escape
all reminders of civilization and ski
amongst the trees.
"You can weave in and out of the
trees, and carve your own trail. It's so
much more adventuresome, and you can
ski all day without seeing anyone," said
Literary College sophomore Liz Kelly.
At noon the suntan lotion and sun-
screen scattered on the lunch table, of
the lodge, and the sweaters and coats
that are strewn across the floor indicate
that skiers are getting the best of both
worlds. Packed with people at lun-
chtime, the wooden lodge, situated on
the middle of the mountain, serves as a
resting and eating spot. On nice days
skiers lay in the sun on the deck. A few
daring skiers entertained the crowd
with acrobatics, flipping down a small
hill in front of the lodge on unsteady ski
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