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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Escape to Acadia

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It's been raining for a hundred years. I'm obviously exaggerating, but Maine has been getting a ridiculous amount of rain and I'm over it. Between spraining my foot, catching a nasty cold, and the rain, I've hardly been outside lately and that's just not okay. That's why on Friday, when the weather was overcast, Spencer and I headed to Acadia National Park. Since I'm still limping a bit we didn't hike any trails, which is a bummer, but I was just happy to be out of the house and thankfully Acadia offers beautiful views everywhere you look.

acadia national park

Our first stop was the Blue Hill Overlook on Cadillac Mountain. This overlook has a pretty decent sized parking lot but I've never seen more than two other cars there, and let me tell you, people are missing out. The view, especially on sunny days, is gorgeous and it's such a serene spot.

acadia national park

acadia national park

We proceeded to the summit of Cadillac Mountain and walked the path, visited the gift shop, and pet some cute dogs. Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain on the eastern seaboard at 1,530 feet and I can never get enough of the views from up there.

acadia national park

Next we went to my favorite part of Park Loop road, the part near Otter Cliff. This area is all rocky coast, beautiful views, and salty, misty air. We walked down the trails for a good while but my darn foot wasn't doing well, so that didn't last too long.

acadia national park


acadia national park

Before we headed home, I wanted to explore at least one area that was new to us, so we stopped at Little Hunters Beach. Little Hunters Beach is located about 3 miles past Otter Cliff and is very easy to miss. There's an informational plaque on the side of the road that is barely noticeable, as well as a large staircase. It immediately reminded me of Moonrise Kingdom and I thought it was cute. I took a few photos then put my camera down to enjoy the moment and I started to notice spiders. Spiders everywhere. So many spiders. With every step I took, I would see at least 50 scatter beneath my feet. Maybe that's why it's called Little Hunters Beach?

acadia national park

acadia national park

I definitely overdid it-- my foot was not doing well at the end of our adventure, but it was so worth it. Each visit to Acadia reminds me of how privileged I am to to live so close to such a beautiful place. I strongly encourage you to get out there and Find Your Park and support our National Parks.

What's your favorite National Park? Which one do you want to visit the most? Tell me in the comments!
11 comments on "Escape to Acadia"
  1. Wow those are some great shots. Even though I'm from Florida, I live in Wales now and completely get how over the rain you are haha! Hope your foot gets better soon!

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    1. Thank you! It's slowly getting better.
      And I'm (sort of) from Florida, too! I lived in Vero Beach for 8 years.

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  2. I've never been to a National Park before I suppose I'm missing out haha. Lovely pictures! I can only imagine what it must've looked like in person.

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    Leah
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  3. These photos are gorgeous! I'm sorry about your ankle but it looks like you got to take in all the great views either way! (: I love Zion National Park up in Utah because it's where I go snowmobiling.

    Single Vegas Girl
    http://singlevegasgirl.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm dying to visit some parks out west, Zion included, of course! I've only ever been to National Parks on the east coast so the scenery has all been somewhat similar.

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  4. Beautiful pictures! I saw the rocks and thought my ankle wouldn't be ok on that, so how is she doing it?

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    1. Taking my time and lots of breaks! 😅

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  5. Sorry to hear about your sprained foot! Ouch! Hope it heals completely soon!

    This park is so beautiful, I can only imagine what it looks like in real life. If all goes according to plan, I hope to visit Maine this Fall so I'm definitely crossing my fingers it works out!

    One National park I really want to go to is not too far from me actually...Yosemite! I haven't been despite living in California all my life. I know it's a must-see but I'm kind of creeped out at the thought of all the winding roads you probably have to drive through. I don't get car sick too easily but still, I hate the thought of not being able to turn back, you know? Ahhh.

    -Victoria
    www.treelinedavenue.com

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    1. Thank you! Thankfully my foot seems almost back to normal.

      I totally get that, but I do get car sick easily. The worst carsickness I've ever had was actually when I visited California. 😅

      And I hope your trip works out! Maine is definitely most enjoyable in the fall.

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  6. I love Acadia National Park! My fiancé used to go to Maine Maritime Academy, so whenever I drove the 6 hours up from Connecticut to see him, we'd visit the park! Lovely pictures you have there! Hope your ankle healed alright!

    Kim / Simply Lovebirds

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