And a few pictures of the things we got to do!
If you have traveled with me, you’d know this already, if you haven’t, let me lay it out there for you – I will exhaust you! No matter what we end up doing, I’m notorious for planning too many activities in any given day and running you dry. As my Mom puts it:”I get tired just by listening to your plan.” So even with my energy level, planning skills, and desire to check out everything and anything that was new to me and spurred my interest, in the 4 days we had in Acadia we only got to do so much. What we didn’t do, I get to write about 🙂
Acadia is not difficult to hike at all, plenty of trails, for all levels, but the spots are somewhat far from each other and you spend time driving around and parking. The plan each day was to have a hearty breakfast (fancy waffle to be exact, didn’t find one to my liking unfortunately), do a hike (steep if possible), add an extra activity in the afternoon such as yoga on mountain tops, paddle boarding, kayaking, or boat tour, check a cool little harbor town in Maine and enjoy sunset with cocktails, and have fantastic dinner. We excelled at the hiking and the dinners, as well as the sleep. Rest of the activities not so much 😦
2 Cats, best and cutest breakfast in Bar Harbor, no waffles though 🙂 (go early)
I really wanted to practice yoga on a mountain top at sunrise, offered on Mt Cadillac every morning. Check http://www.yogainyourpark.com for schedule. We missed it not due to lack of desire but mostly due to my inability to wake up. If it were up to me I’d probably miss half my life sleeping in late… I can wake up at the crack of dawn, for surfing and snowboarding that is. If I’m not up and riding, I’m not up, period 🙂
Same company (www.yogainyourpark.com) offers Laughing Yoga, which is apparently more of a positive psychology/ meditation practice on a mountain top than an actual yoga asana flow. Missed that too, not an “afternoon nap” excuse this time. That was totally due to “yours truly” hiking her rear off and still being high up on some mountain at 5pm. If the hikes are that short and not difficult, I can do 2-3 of them a day, right?!
We missed all types of water activities 😦 Being on an island Acadia offers plenty of opportunities. You can choose from: kayaking tours of Frenchman’s Bay and the Porcupine Islands; paddle boarding in the ponds and inlets; harbor tours at sunset; whale and puffin watching tours. I would have loved to see an island with puffins, they are SO cute! (Taste great too, ask the Icelanders) Another water adventure you can do is to take the daily post ferry from Northeast Harbor to the adjacent islands. It is cheaper, faster, and more authentic way to experience the islands that a full day harbor tour. We heard about it from a crazy Grandpa in a bar, so definitely check the schedule for yourself first 🙂
Clearly we didn’t miss drinks nightly…I got my priorities right after all 🙂
Assemble your own Cuba Libre from scratch! Now that’s how I like to fight for freedom 🙂
We missed the spa! When it rains normal people stay in, we on the contrary went to explore the non slippery flat paths. We crossed the sandbar to Bar Island as well as did the Ocean Walk from Sand Beach to Otter Cliffs in total downpour to prove that there is no bad weather, just bad gear… Pictures below to prove it 🙂 We also missed checking out all the beautiful galleries and funky restaurants that lie around the park next to the fire house and Visitors Center. We only saw them when we stopped by the Visitors Center to buy a park sticker and I did some window shopping and read the posted menus.
Farmer Brown told us about Seaglass Restaurant where you can watch people getting stuck on Bar Island at high tide. We missed that too…because if I am in charge of the activities schedule, we are for sure hiking too long, coming back too late, and missing dinner at most places that work normal hours. In proper European fashion we never ate dinner before 9pm but don’t you worry, my travel buddy was properly fed with double meals at two different restaurants every night to his utmost disbelief!
What I regret most is missing that flourless chocolate cake from Pink Pastry Shop in Bar Harbor, ME. My travel buddy bought a piece and then as with all other snacks, we forgot to eat it for the next 2 days. He claims it was really good when he finally had it. I have yet to forgive him for not sharing it with me 🙂
The colorful ants up on top are people hiking Beehive. Your choice – give up now, or make it all the way up. No backtracking on the Beehive!
Anyone afraid of heights? It is a vertical drop down and vertical cliff up. Hope you’ve got your balance!
Gazillion steps up Dorr Mtn and Cadillac Mtn, nature’s own stairmaster, hope your booty is ready 🙂
Stair way up Dorr Mtn, my first ladder!!!
Super tight crevace formed by a retracting glacier. If you are bigger than me, you won’t be able to squeeze thru.
Pond after Beehive Hike, don’t swim, park ranger warned us about giant leeches, yuck 😦
Top of Dorr Mtn – still sunny
Top of Cadillac Mtn, thick fog, so thick we couldn’t see the parking lot… We were deeply disturbed by the fact families with kids in shorts and flip flops managed to hike up 2 steep mountains while carrying a purse and a plastic bottle of water 🙂 (note to self, they didn’t hike, they drove up!!! oh how would I have known there is a road all the way up…)