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Acadia Hiking

Thursday, June 28, 2018

On top of North Bubble
John and I spent Tuesday hiking in two different areas of Acadia. The trails were about 40 miles apart, with our campsite in the middle. We took a break at noon to enjoy lunch at The Thirsty Whale, a restaurant in Bar Harbor, Maine. A nap was also added after lunch. I got in almost 22K steps this day, and felt great! By breaking up our hikes, adding a bit of a bike ride in too, my body had a chance to recover, and I never felt really tired.
Tuesday’s afternoon Acadia hike was short (just over a mile) and very sweet. We rode out bikes down the road from the Seawall Campgrounds to the Wonder Land Trail. The half mile trail to the ocean was covered with beautiful flowers, and was the sweetest smelling trail that I’ve ever hiked. Most of the hikers were families, who stopped at the first sign of the ocean.
We hiked down to the point, and enjoyed the seaside solitude. My favorite Maine attraction is the quiet ocean shore. There are few places as lovely and rugged with very few tourists. It took me a few years to find this quiet spot, but I assure you, we will be back!

Great Head Trail and The Sandy Beach
Tuesday’s morning Acadia hike was on the far side of Bar Harbor. We left our campsite at 7 am because Bar Harbor is a very busy tourist town, and it’s slow going when you drive through Bar Harbor in the summer. At 7:15, the traffic was light, and we were thrilled. The parking lot at---- was close to empty as we arrived, and we hiked along the rugged rocky coastal trail alone for over an hour. As we approached Sandy Beach, we met some hikers. Since it was still before noon, the beach was quiet, and we enjoyed sitting in the sunshine for half an hour or so. No one really swims in the ocean in Maine. The water is very cold.
This quiet trail feels remote-until I look across the bay and see the thousands of cars on Park Road slowly struggling to make their way to Thunder Hole and the next beautiful attraction. We see them all from the other side of the bay without the crowds. Instead of paying $30 per car admission, we paid our way in taking the time to hike just over a mile round trip. Anyone who is able to hike a mile really should leave the car behind.
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