Sunday, July 26, 2009

Acadia National Park

Our first vacation this summer -- over the 4th of July holiday -- took place in Acadia NP. We've been unseasonably wet and cold this summer, but God answered prayer and held the rain for the evening hours.

We were packed to the top with gear. Fortunately, an LL Bean outlet was on our way, so we stopped and picked up a soft-sided Thule car top carrier. This made a huge difference in the comfort level of the van!

We arrived at the campground *really* late, and it had started to drizzle, so we quickly started setting up the tent. Luke and Levi were the Stake Men.

This is our second trip to the top of Cadillac Mountain on our 1st day at Acadia. The first trip was overcast. After a ranger guided hike, the sun came out, so we had our fist view of Desert Island (pronounced "dessert").

Acadia is unique in that it was acquired piece-by-piece by regular (OK, rich industrialists) people who saw the beauty and uniqueness of this part of Maine. It was then turned over the the US government as a gift for future generations. Thank you; it is georgous.

This is called Bubble Rock. It is a natural rock perched on the edge of a precipice. You cannot tell from my smile, but it took a bit of convincing to get me to where you see me in the picture. The older I get, the more I cannot stand heights (not that I liked them a whole lot 20 years ago!).

Here we are on July4th, waiting for the fireworks in Bar Harbor. It was a wonderful evening and we had fun picking out our favorite explosions.

We've been camping annually since Luke was in utero, and I can tell the difference between camping with a baby and camping with The Boys. No diapers, Pack-n-Plays, strollers, etc. While these trips have always been fun, it is getting enjoyable now that we are over the baby/toddler hump. I am looking forward to more trips to new destinations that we can explore together.


Masters Family said...

It looks like you guys had an amazing trip! We would LOVE to go to Acadia someday! :) We love seeing the pictures from your trip!
Camping is one of our favorite things to do too!!

Sarah said...

I went there a long time ago- like when I was 5....I remember the rock well....we have a picture of my brother standing like a scared statue next to it.