Hiking in Acadia and Maine
Trip Start May 11, 2005
320Trip End Ongoing
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This summer, I lived & worked in Acadia National Park at the famous Jordan Pond House. This park is located on Mount Desert Island off the coast of Maine. The park itself is pretty small when compared to Yellowstone or Yosemite, but it still has more trails than you can shake a stick at. Hiking in Acadia is unique in the fact that every time you reach a peak you can see the entire island and the surrounding ocean You may notice how green the area is from my pictures, but in the next pod I have included shots of the famous 'leaf peeper' season. You can see how the entire island changes colors as the weather gets colder. The colors are so vivid that tourism increases at this time of year.
When not working at the Pond House, Pat and I would hike as much as possible on one of the many trails around the island. We could normally get in a small hike before work (providing we got up at a decent hour) and a small one at the end of work (if we still had the energy), but most of the hiking took place on our weekends. We also went on numerous camping trips, stomped around the Appalachian Trail and managed to climb Mt Katahdin.
Camping around Maine was a lot of fun and I'm now a total convert of car camping because you can bring all your goodies right to the camping spot. One of our colleagues, Joel, has lived in Maine for a bit and has all the best camping spots dialed in. He always led us to ideal lakeside spots that were in the middle of nowhere. Donkey balls (also known as ladder ball) is a game we started to play in Mexico and it went on every camping trip with us. Think of horse shoes but with a ladder & a golf ball with string (and way more fun).
Sometimes we camped with a gang of employees while other times it would be just Pat, Joel and me. Just like Yellowstone though, most employees I met barely explored the park and this is a phenomenon I will never understand. These people live in an epic setting for 3 to 6 months and they barely hike. I just don't get it.
When we weren't hiking or camping, we were going to the nearest town called Bar Harbor. With the Maine accent, Bar Harbor sounds like BAA HAA BAA. The locals are so proud of their funny sounding accent that
bumper stickers of 'BAA HAA BAA' are sold everywhere for the amused tourists.
So check out the pictures of Acadia National Park and stay tuned to the next pod which shows all the characters I met while serving tea and popovers!