A Visit to Acadia National Park

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These past few months have weighed heavy on many of our hearts and minds. It’s difficult for me, as a woman, as a person of color, child of immigrants, and mother to biracial children, to process it without feeling overwhelmed with the gravity of it all. Though I don’t recommend travel as an escape to our problems and reality – as they will always be there when you get back – I do think that a little retreat is needed for healing, for soothing of our souls, calming of our minds, and some perspective in our lives. For inspiration in finding those things worth fighting for and speaking up for.

The National Parks are in a constant threat of abolishment, now more than ever. I can’t imagine, even as someone who discovered her love for them so much later in her life, what I would do without their healing power, their ability to make me feel whole and connected. Our trip recent national park trip, in partnership with Expedia as part of the #ExpediaLovesParks campaign, brought us to a new discovery: Acadia National Park.

Because of its proximity to us – about an 8 hour drive from New Jersey, we have claimed it as “our park”, though the beauty of the national parks is that they all are our parks.

During a conversation about the national parks on Minnesota’s Public Radio with Dayton Duncan, who wrote and co-produced the 2009 Ken Burns documentary “The National Parks” featured on PBS (you can listen to it here), we talked about the beauty and life-changing impact of the national parks on our lives and on us as people. I can’t emphasis that message enough.

Every national park I have visited has influenced me, has rearranged my priorities, and has reset or made even more solid the life goals I have set for myself and my family. I see how they influence my children too and I know they are growing to be givers to this world, not only takers.

Stay tuned while I share a feature story on Expedia Viewfinder of my time at Acadia, but for now here are some images that I hope will inspire a visit and further motivate you to get involved in helping to preserve and protect our parks.

 

Acadia National Park

Lunch at Stewman’s Lobster Pound, Bar Harbor.

Acadia National Park. GirlGoneTravel.com

Bar Hardor views.

Bar Hardor views.

Lunch at Stewman's Lobster Pound.

Lunch at Stewman’s Lobster Pound.

Acadia National Park. GirlGoneTravel.com

Wildlife view while on a boat tour off the coast.

Wildlife view while on a boat tour off the coast.

Acadia National Park. GirlGoneTravel.com

Views of coast of Mount Dessert island while on a ranger-led walk.

Views of coast of Mount Dessert island while on a ranger-led walk.

Jordan Pond path view.

Jordan Pond path view.

Abbe Museum for learning of the Wabanake tribe and history of the area.

Abbe Museum for learning of the Wabanake tribe and history of the area.

View from the Beech Mountain Fire Tower.

View from the Beech Mountain Fire Tower.

Bass Harbor Lighthouse at sunset.

Bass Harbor Lighthouse at sunset.

Acadia National Park. GirlGoneTravel.com

Boulder left behind by glacier movement more than 10,000 years ago. Geologists believe it traveled from as far as Bangor and was part of a glacier more than a mile thick.

Boulder left behind by glacier movement more than 10,000 years ago. Geologists believe it traveled from as far as Bangor and was part of a glacier more than a mile thick.

Eagle Lake.

Eagle Lake.

One of our favorite activities, other than hiking the many trails of the park, was biking around the park!

One of our favorite activities, other than hiking the many trails of the park, was biking around the park!

Cadillac Mountain sunset view.

Cadillac Mountain sunset view.

Acadia National Park. GirlGoneTravel.com

For those in the New York City area, I will be joining fellow park lovers in at REI Soho, where I will be sharing expedition stories through the various national parks I have so lucky to explore. Sign up for this free session on the REI website.

Check out our video on YouTube and don’t forget to subscribe!

 

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Carol Cain

Carol is her happiest when on an adventure, either close to home or farther away. She's the mom to three fun boys and wife to a handsome Irish/Scot. She lives in New Jersey with her happy crew, but will always be a girl from Brooklyn. You can read her full profile here.

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