We landed in Boston and made a quick stop in Portland on the way up (lunch at Central Provisions was outstanding). After pulling into the park, we took our obligatory park sign picture and Aly got her passport stamped. The town of Bar Harbor occupies north border of the park and this is where most stay when visiting. Filled with small shops, restaurants, and Bed & Breakfasts, we pulled into our base for the trip, the Atlantean. (A) The kind folks running the B & B gave us some trail recommendations as sitting in the car for the morning made us anxious. We head to towards Sand Beach (F, Purple Trail) and began on a loop that connected three trails; Ocean Path, Gorham Mountain Trail, and the Beehive Trail. The Ocean Path takes you between the coast and one of the perimeter park roads. Occasionally, you’d pass rocky outcroppings that can be explored. This is also a good area to look for ducks and gulls near the shoreline; the trees hold common forest birds, like the Red-breasted Nuthatch.
Turning north onto the Gorham Mountain Trail, you begin to climb. The trail is in excellent condition, not difficult, and affords great views of the harbor to the east. Lastly, we returned back via the Beehive trail. This trail requires a bit more scrambling but offers a more adventurous experience. The large granite boulders created obstacles to move around as you hike along the mountainside. Having got our first taste of Acadia, we head back to Bar Harbor for some dinner and prepared ourselves for the weekend of fun.
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