A Visit to Acadia National Park
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.
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.
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