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Favorite Friday: Acadia National Park, ME

Yesterday marked Acadia’s 83rd birthday as a National Park.  When it was established on January 19, 1929, it became the first Park east of the Mississippi River.  I was lucky enough to visit Acadia in May of 2011.  In honor of Acadia’s birthday, I’m going to share some of my favorite photos from that camping trip.

The highest mountain in Acadia is Cadillac Mountain at 1,530 feet.  We had visited the mountain but unfortunately, our entire time in Maine was rainy, cold, and foggy.  I have never seen so much fog that lasted the entire day.  When you’re at the top of the mountain, you are supposed to be able to see all the islands that make up Acadia and, on a clear day, Canada can be seen in the distance.  Instead, all we saw was thick, white fog.  And it was so cold!  I would love to visit again and hopefully it would be clear enough to see the islands.

Location: Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, ME on 5/17/11

The smallest mountain in Acadia is Flying Mountain at 284 feet.  We went on a 3.2 mile trail that took us to the top of the mountain and back down to the lowest point of the mountain and the Park.  Again, it was another rainy and foggy day and we didn’t really get to see all the views.  I do have a picture of me standing next to a sign stating the 284 feet elevation.

At the lowest point, the trail stopped.  Here, we took a break and had some lunch before we turned around to climb back up the mountain and back to the beginning of the trail.  Even though it was too foggy to see anything as well as I would have liked, it was still beautiful and just gives you an incredible feeling to be in the middle of it all.

Location: highest point of Flying Mountain, Acadia National Park, ME on 5/18/11

Location: lowest point of Flying Mountain, Acadia National Park, ME on 5/18/11

One of the things I really wanted to see was the Bass Harbor Lighthouse.  I hoped that we didn’t have to walk an insane trail that would be marked “Impossible” in a trail book.  Instead, I was glad to find out that it was right next to our campsite and really easy to get to and see.  We got to see it a few times during our couple of days but again, I do not have any really pretty sunrise or sunset pictures because of the fog.

Location: Bass Harbor Head Light, Acadia National Park, ME on 5/18/11

And of course we saw the famous pink rocks!  They were a lot of fun to climb around and explore all the little nooks of the shore.  Beautiful views of the ocean and the rocks were everywhere.  If only it wasn’t so windy and cold.  Someday, I’ll make another trip to Acadia and see it on beautiful, clear days.

Location: Acadia National Park, ME on 5/17/11

For my last Acadia photo, I will leave you with something amusing.  On one of our hikes, I found this tree:

Location: Acadia National Park, ME on 5/18/11

For more information on Acadia National Park, you should visit the official website.  The trip there was a lot of fun and I wished I could have spent more time there.  Too much to see and do and not enough time.

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