In our quest to visit all the national parks in the lower 48 this year took us on a round about way to Maine and back. It was about New England and lobster and wine but most of all it was about Acadia. Clearly the most beautiful park we have visited (or maybe tied with St John USVI), even though Yellowstone is still our favorite.
We arrived on the fourth of July so we set up camp and headed to Bar Harbor for the festivities. After our first lobster roll, a few beers and some live music were some of the best fireworks I have ever seen. Coming from Milwaukee that is really saying something.
Acadia is amazingly dog friendly! DeeO'gee was allowed on all the trails and even on the shuttle that covered the entire park. He also joined us for tea and popovers at Jordon Pond House. We enjoyed a leisurely hike along the rocky shoreline from Sand Beach To Thunder Hole, which didn't thunder because the tide was out. More hikes took us through woodlands and shorelines around the island.
The view from Cadillac Mountain rivaled any view we have ever seen. Many islands, coves and harbors sparkling in the early morning sun. Efficient lobster boats were harvesting the day's catch as three masted schooners loaded with sightseers glided across the bay.
One day was quiet misty which only added to the photogenic quality of the ports with lobster traps stacked on the docks waiting to be loaded the on the fishing boats anchored near by.
America does not have the historic churches and castles of Europe. We do not claim the Roman Coliseum. Tropical paradise islands of the South Pacific lure us far away. What America does have, what we all have, is some of the most amazing land on this planet. National Parks are designated to preserve these lands for all generations to enjoy. Shame on me for taking so long to realize how amazing these parks are. I know that I say it over and over but really you all need to get out there and explore our greatest treasure.