Attractions, National Parks

Acadia National Park – Mount Desert Island, ME

August 14, 2016 - by Steffanie

Ever since early in our planning stages, Acadia National Park had been in our minds as somewhere we would like to visit. I didn’t know much about it except for a few pictures I had seen on Pinterest or wherever, but it was calling my name.

Mount Desert Island, were Acadia is located, was about an hour and a half drive from our campground in Belfast. We made two trips up to the park during our time in Maine. As we came into the park the first time, the trees parted and we could see through the rocky cliffs and the ocean. I swear it was one of the most beautiful scenes I have ever seen. The realization hit me all at once that we had finally made it to this place and that this is an awesome life that we are living. I was overcome with emotion and may or may not had gotten a little teary eyed. 🙂

We parked and found the perfect place to eat lunch. There was rocky area with an inlet where the water was coming in from the ocean. At the time when we first found the spot, there was no one there, which was rare because it was a gorgeous day and the park was super crowded. Soon lots more people showed up, and it was our cue to move on. We hiked up and down the Ocean Path Trail taking in all the beauty. The landscape varies so much – from rocky cliffs, to the blue ocean, to forest, to sand beaches and beaches that are made of large smooth rocks.

After we were done hiking for the day, sunburned and tired, we went into the village of Bar Harbor. We ate at a place called Blaze that a follow camper at the RV park had recommended to us. I ate my first lobster roll, and it was delicious. After dinner, we walked around the shops, saw the sunset at the harbor, and finished off the night with some ice cream before heading back to Belfast.

The next weekend, we went back for more. Unfortunately, the weather was not in our favor this time. We planned to hike Cadillac Mountain. We drove up to the summit and waited out the rain. We weren’t going to let it ruin our day, so when the rain finally stopped we got out and walked around the top of the mountain to the summit. It was like a dream land with the fog all around us. We were bummed to be missing the views of the park from the top, but enjoyed the different perceptive that the fog gave us. It really forced us to see the beauty that was immediately in front of us. We hiked down the rocky granite of the North Ridge Trail, where the fog finally lifted enough for us to see Bar Harbor and the Porcupine Islands below.

After the hike, we drove south to the Bass Harbor Lighthouse. In order to get a really good view of it, you have to be willing to climb and scale down large rocks to get to sea level. I think the view was worth it. Plus I love to climb, so it didn’t bother me any.  After all the hiking and climbing, we were ready for dinner and drove back up to Bar Harbor for some pub food at the Thirsty Whale.

Acadia was our first, but not our last, National Park of this adventure. I can hardly imagine that there will be a more beautiful place, but I know we will continue to be in awe of what this country has to offer. If you haven’t already, definitely add Acaida to your bucket list. We hope we can make it back again someday.

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