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    • I've developed a habit of visiting Acadia National Park twice a year, usually in May and October. That allows me to enjoy the park without the hordes of people who descend during the warmer months. I even managed a visit in December one year. I keep dreaming of seeing Acadia in snow but I haven't quite managed a snowy winter visit.

      The colors changed as I drove from northeastern Massachusetts to Downeast Maine. For a bit I thought I was too late for good color in the park; I drove through some really bright areas followed by areas with faded leaves and some bare trees. It turned out to be a good color time!

      Tuesday morning was driving time.

      My first stop in the park was the WIld Gardens of Acadia. There were a few tiny flowers still blooming but most of the garden had a carpet of leaves on the ground.

      I headed out on Jesup Path, a beautiful boardwalk trail.

    • The next morning I left Mount Desert Island, the home of the main part of the park, heading back to the mainland and to the north and east. My destination was the Schoodic Peninsula, one of my favorite parts of the park. The tip of the peninsula is rocky, a good place to walk (carefully), to watch the birds, to listen to the ocean.

    • While most of the trees at the tip of the peninsula are evergreens, the groundcover showed bright red leaves!

    • Later in the day I spent some time walking on trails near Little Long Pond. That's on a section of Mount Desert Island owned by the Mount Desert Land & Garden Preserve. The land in the area where I was walking butts up against national park land so you can easily travel between private and public land.

    • Thursday's forecast for a chilly and very windy day. The high temperature was 43 (F), 6 (Celsius). I wore layers and was quite happy that I had a hat and gloves with me! I started the day by driving Park Loop Road, stopping to walk often. There's a hike I like to do as a loop, starting from the rocky coastline and walking up Gorham Mountain. Given the weather conditions I decided to stay along the coast.

    • I suppose it was a bit crazy given the temperature and the howling wind, but I wanted to see the colors of the groundcover on top of Cadillac Mountain. The play of light across the ground was fascinating as the shadows cast by clouds continued to move.

      I even managed not to get blown off of my feet by the wind!

    • I ended the day by walking one of the Carriage Roads in the park, starting my wander at the end of Duck Brook Road. The colors continued to delight my eyes!

    • Wow, Denise, gorgeous. I'm partly jealous about never having been there but on the other hand considering the howling wind and cold I'm thinking about how nice it is to see the park through my Internet browser. 😁

    • It was cold but it's so beautiful that it was worth braving the howling wind. You really should visit there - but don't go in July and August. I'd stay away from the end of June and the first couple of weeks of September as well. Too many people, and too many cars. The park is very porous as the land was donated in pieces. I've heard the park service is trying to put some kind of driving reservation system in place for the heavy travel months.

      But if you're ever on this side of the country, consider visiting!

    • I have always loved our national parks and wanted to visit them all, but it's hard to believe how popular they've become. I didn't see this coming, I guess because or the rise of Netflix binging, video games, Facebook, yada. But holy cow it's impossible to get a permit to hike up Half Dome now, or Mt. Whitney. I always used to just show up and walk.

      Lovely photos, btw.

    • Thanks Suzie! It's a favorite place - I feel lucky to live close enough to get there for a few days a couple of times a year!

    • With sixty National parks and a total of 417 Parks and national monuments, there's a lot of opportunities out there.

      @Denise

      Wonderful pictures; thanks for sharing them. As a young child back in the 1960's, I can remember visits to my great-grandmother's 'summer' home in Brooklin, just down the shoreline from the park. Great times!

    • Thank you Ken! I love the stories that come from shared photos, and as you can probably tell Acadia is one of my favorite places.

    You've been invited!