Posted by Genevieve
At the last minute, my husband and I decided to meet his Mom in Acadia National Park for a long weekend during her more extended trip along the Maine coast. Since my training had already started for the big 31-mile hike in September, I secretly decided that I would push some trails into their schedule (muahahaha!). But what a wonderful place to hit the trails and explore such a diverse environment.
Acadia in a nut shell is located on a small island (Mount Desert Island) and connects mountains to seas, rocky cliffs to forests and sandy beaches to ponds. In some ways, it reminds me of the California coasts with the mountains and rocky coastline. Though California has some spans of crystal blue water (Caribbean-style) that might be prettier than that of Maine, Acadia’s pink granite rocky coastline are out of this world.
After much debate in the car, we decided on a relatively easy hike (Ocean Path: 4 miles round-trip; it’s possible that we only did 3 miles because someone was a little antsy to get back to park loop road before the weather turned) that was along the coast and passed many of the hot-spots of Acadia NP. The hike started at one of the few sand beaches in Acadia NP. We stalled here for a while because there was talk of whale sightings (this started by overhearing a ranger talking to someone outside the bathrooms which then lead us to spread the word to others that were at the viewpoint who had massive telescopes for such an opportunity). After squinting our eyes and zooming in as far as we could with our cameras, we gave up and trekked on. I’ll have to check a whale sighting off my list another time.
Now that it’s been a couple of weeks since this hike, I don’t really remember if it was strenuous or not. I think even if it was, we didn’t notice it because there was so much to look at that we had never seen before. Also, we may have taken lots of photo breaks, but who could blame us. Other Ocean Path viewpoints include: Thunder hole, Otter Cliffs, Dorr and Cadilac Mountains.
Before it started raining too much, we checked out wonderland trail, which turned into a wet disaster. Wonderland trail is an almost completely flat trail through the forest and ends at a picturesque pebble beach.