Full disclosure – we have a habit of working really hard and not realizing we haven’t had a day off in weeks. Granted our work is awesome, and photo shoots never really feel like work, but it’s still good to remember to get away every once in awhile.
So last fall when Labor Day Weekend was approaching we decided to take a journey to Maine. We were ready to unplug and spend some quality time at Acadia National Park for a few days of camping, exploring the shoreline, paddling some lakes, and hiking some trails.
The Boston to Acadia drive is not a short one, turns out. After a six hour dash (slog) up the coast, we pulled into our campsite and reveled in what we never expected – bluebird skies in Maine!
We only had a few full days on the island, so we did what we always do and relaxed by doing… as much as we could.
We started off at the Seal Harbor Beach to wander the flats while the tide was heading out…
Then headed over to Jordan Pond for a solid hourlong kayak while it was still tranquil and before the hordes arrived (pro tip – they arrive between 10 and 11 am).
From Jordan Pond, we headed up into Bar Harbor to explore the land bridge that’s exposed between Bar Harbor and Bar Island at low tide. It was packed, but there was some good people watching to be done as tourists and cars rushed to wander the flats before the tide reclaimed it.
We headed into town to check out the shops and make a reservation for dinner. A little overwhelmed by the flocks of cruise ship tourists storming the streets, we retreated to the grocery store with the decision to have a romantic dinner of soup over the camp stove instead of battling the crowds at the restaurants. It was almost 1:30 at this point, so it was high time to start heading up Cadillac Mountain.
I may have already introduced you to Brian’s theory on hiking (the hardest way is the bestest way), so instead of driving the scenic road up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain we parked on the Loop Road and hiked up via the Gorge Trail, which earned its name from being both a trail… and a gorge.
Since it was the dry season, there wasn’t much water running on the trail, so it wasn’t quite as dramatic as the guidebook promised. It did however provide an excellent afternoon workout and stunning views.
After finishing the hike, we drove down the southern end of the Loop Road to catch sunset from Otter Cove, then we headed back to the campsite for a delightful camp stove dinner of soup, s’mores, and scottish ale.
The next morning we headed to the coast near Thunder Hole to make breakfast and coffee on the rocks and soak in some coast time before the drive home.
Even though our visit was short, it was an incredible whirlwind tour of Acadia. Next year we swear we’ll do it right and take a week off work to soak it all in. Maybe we’ll even take a day to relax.