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100 Years for Acadia Nat Park!

Posted by on July 9, 2016

We slept in today to the sound of pattering rain on the camper roof and chilly feel of mid 50’s temperatures. Just before noon, we made the short drive to the entrance of Acadia National Park. At the visitor center, the ranger informed us that Acadia had celebrated its actual 100th anniversary the day before on July 8th. The entire National Parks program is also celebrating its 100 year Centennial in 2016 so it made for cool timing. After getting some park tips from the ranger and enjoying the short 15 minute video, we made our way to the famed 20 mile Loop Road, a mostly one way clockwise road that winds along the coast and throughput the park. Fortunately, the rain had just stopped at our first stop, the Sieur de Monts area, where we did a quick tour of the Wild Gardens of Acadia and then set off rather unplanned hike on the strenuous combination of portions of the Emery and Homans paths (trail). While the combined distance at just over a mile was fairly short, we quickly found ourselves climbing steep, granite steps up Dorr Mountain. Lindsay and I joked how 3 years ago, we had to pull and cajole the children up these types of trails and today they were waiting (or not) on Mom and Dad to catch up throughout the hike! While the steps were slippery from the recent rain, the gorgeous mountain views, narrow passages in the granite ledges, and beautiful views of Frenchman Bay more than made up for our sore knees. As we continued on the Loop Road, we stopped at several nice spots including Sand Beach and then Thunder Hole. The kids and I climbed around, on and over dozens of boulders at Thunder Hole. When the tides and incoming water is just right, the water rushes into a narrow slot in the rocks it creates a powerful roar and shoots water into the air. Unfortunately, today the tide and water did not cooperate for any thundering or roaring but it was a pretty cool sight nonetheless. By this time it was after 4pm and we were all getting hungry so we made our way to the historic Jordan Pond House for an early supper of BLT’s, Farmers Stew, Caesar Salads and their famous Popovers with butter and jam. All of it was very tasty and we thoroughly enjoyed the popovers even though with the unseasonably cold weather we were not able to enjoy them on the lawn with tea as people had done for a hundred years before us with beautiful views of Jordan Pond. The fog and low clouds were prevalent but we decided to make a quick trip to the top of Cadillac Mountain (no views today) before heading into Bar Harbor (pronounced Bah-Hah-Bah for us non-Mainers). Bar Harbor was a quaint touristy village lined with ice cream shops, restaurants and stores in its downtown area. After a brief drive through town, we made our way back to the camper for an early evening. Thomas and Victoria had both gotten FitBits right before our trip and Thomas was trying to hit his goal for the day so he went for a short run. A little while later we received his call on Lindsay’s cell with him chuckling and saying that he had gotten lost in the campground. (He probably should have gotten one with a gps!) I went and found him at the back of the campground and almost got lost myself driving us back- like father, like son I guess:). Another great day here in Maine and Acadia NP!

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