We toured the east coast parks in the winter and left off Acadia due to its location. We knew we would get up to Boston to check in on Bryan, Katelyn and the grand pigs at which time we would head up to Acadia. Well with Tex tucked in nicely in Chicago we headed to Midway to board a Southwest plane headed to Boston. We had a 7 am flight that required us to leave the house at 4 am and we sleepily made our way on a little over and hour drive. Seems like a smooth travel day was too much to ask for as the flight was cancelled, we were rerouted and our direct flight was changed to a flight with two connections. We weren’t told to stay on the plane upon arrival at the first connection only to hear our names announced over the loudspeakers. Oh, and the last connection would be delayed over an hour as well. An easy travel day turned into a sucky travel day – it made it into the top ten sucky days on our journey – oh wait there isn’t close to ten!
Now after a visit with the Boston folks we headed off in search of Acadia. In 1919 President Wilson signed the act and made Lafayette National Park our sixteenth National Park. In 1929 the name was changed to Acadia National Park in honor of the French colony of the same name that once included Maine. The French ties to this park are meant to honor the support from France during the American Revolution.
The game plan was to settle down in a motel in Belfast and drive up to Acadia so we could get a taste of how the locals live. We also explored the town of Bar Harbor, which is surrounded by Acadia. We talked to some of the locals who told us that after the tourists leave the whole town is shut down except for a gas station and the grocery store. That’s a shame as this is a beautiful place. The snow must be pretty dramatic and leaves one wondering how many snowbirds are living here?
Back to Acadia – of course we started with the visitor center where we took in the park movie and talked with the rangers to plan our visit. When we think of Acadia we think of the rocky coastline that meets the ocean so even though the view from the road was breathtaking we stopped the car and hiked down to Sand Beach and were surprised to find a beautiful beach among the granite seashore. We then headed up to Great Head just off the beach to get views of the beach from above it was a great short hike.
We then proceeded down Park Loop Road and enjoyed the coast from the car. We stopped further south at Otter point and enjoyed a hike back up the coastline to Thunder Hole. We then continued on the Park Loop Road detouring off to the highest point in the park, Cadillac Mountain Road, where we enjoyed great views of Acadia. We finished up our day in Bar Harbor where we enjoyed a nice lunch in the quaint downtown.
The next couple of days we came back to get our hike on! We parked the car and took off to climb the Beehive – while the elevation is only 520 feet there are an abundance of handholds and footholds that you must endure to get to the top. There were plenty of ladders and narrow ledges that made the Beehive challenging and fun. We hiked back via Gorham Mountain and enjoyed even more fantastic views. We also hiked up Dorr Mountain, which was another fantastic hike, which ends with great views of Cadillac Mountain. We also enjoyed a short hike at Jordan Pond.
If you get to visit Acadia make sure you visit Bar Harbor as it’s a great little town and we enjoyed the views with the lobster every chance we got!
Visited: July 2015