Acadia National Park
The drive north to Acadia National Park in early October was one of the most magnificent. We spent two weeks in Maine and everyday the colors changed and the contrast of the trees, the sky, the land and the water seemed to only get better and better.
We arrived at our new neighborhood, The Narrows Too. Two weeks of no camping fees. Thank goodness! Narrows Too was a great campground. There was so much space, the sites were level, it was right on the ocean and just outside of Mount Desert, in Trenton, ME, which made it easy for us to get to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Oh, and it was one of, if not the only, Thousand Trails campground open after Columbus Day.
With so much to do it was difficult to figure out where to start. We typically always go to the Internet. I do a general search of the area choosing anything that says Top x Things To Do in whatever area we are. But when it came to which hikes would be good this method wasn’t very successful. There was an app, however, that seemed to work best for us for this purpose. It was the REI National Park Guide. The app had the distance of the hike, the level of difficulty and the descriptions were often the deciding factor on whether to do or not to do. These stats come in handy when you have kids, limited time or limited mobility.
I was fortunate to hike up Acadia and Gorham Mountains, walk the Emery Trail and to Bar Island, drive Park Loop to Cadillac Mountain for the sunset. I ascended hundreds of feet, squeezed through tight spaces and climbed over many rocks. Things I thought my body wouldn’t or couldn’t do any more. They were awesome hikes, with fantastic views at every one. Those were just the ones I went on. Garrett and the girls were able to do even more and we didn’t even make a dent in all the places we could hike in Acadia. We were active pretty much every day. Even when I stayed back at the RV I was compelled to step outside, take a walk or bike to the ocean.
Often at my job, even when working from home, taking the time to take a walk has eluded me. I have heard from co-workers that they, too, find it difficult. Working for a Health and Wellness company I would hope they would want us to practice what we preach. This trip has allowed me to positively impact my health. I am moving more to help with my arthritis, I am taking more walks and biking more to reduce stress. I’m still working on sleep and nutrition but this experience can’t fix everything. Or can it?