Mount Desert Island-Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park

Last week, we had a big road trip. I spent 1500 miles behind the wheel of our family van/party bus. The main event was a wedding in Maine. It was wonderful to see family under happy circumstances. Of course, when you have to drive 550 miles to a wedding on the Canadian border, you opt to make a few detours. The first one for us was to Mount Desert Island. We hiked, camped, and biked in Acadia National Park. It was a short pit stop. We ended up being there less than 24 hours, but it was action packed. We hiked from Blackwoods Campground up the South Ridge Cadillac Mountain Trail to Eagles Crag. This was done during a driving rainstorm.Β 

After the hike, we dined at Havana, one of our favorite restaurants anywhere. It was only our second time there, but we love it. Our first dinner at this Cuban joint was on our honeymoon seven years ago. That was the last time we were in Acadia, and we have missed the park ever since. It was fabulous to be back.Β 

When we got up, high pressure had worked its way east and it was a cool crisp, but sunny morning. We hitched up the trailer to my bike, and hit the carriage roads. These roads have wonderful history and are the result of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.’s vision. The Rockefeller’s have done a tremendous amount for the environmental movement in the United States. They have helped preserve a lot of land for conservation and recreation. Acadia is the crown jewel of their contributions. I learned something new on this trip. All of the granite stones used as curbing on the 40+ miles of carriage roads are known as “Rockefeller’s Teeth.” Nice legacy.

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