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Acadia National Park- Our Hikes

I love hiking and the outdoors, but Zach loves big cities.  So Acadia was an especially exciting trip for me.  This was our first time hiking together.  I really loved being able to experience this with him.  He was a lot of fun to hike with, and he was goofy.

We drove through half of the park first thing, and around sunset we took our first hike together.  We hiked the North Bubble Trail and it was so much fun and very beautiful.  It overlooked the Jordan Pond and miles of forest in every direction!

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Just getting started on the trail

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You had to climb up these big rocks

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Jordan Pond and the Atlantic in the distance

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Zach and I at the top of the North Bubble

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Zach wandering off the path

The next day we did two other hikes.  We did the Beehive Hike first thing in the morning, and it was a lot of fun.  It was similar to the Precipice Trail, but not as long.  The trail starts through the woods, up rocks and toward the end of the trail you have to pull yourself up on these bars bolted into the sides of these rocks.  We sat and read at the top for 45 minutes or so, and the view from the top was absolutely stunning!

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The start of the trail, through the woods, over large stones

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Zach taking in the view before climbing up the cliffside

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Some of the bars you had to use to make your way to the top

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Zach reading at the Beehive Summit

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The view from Beehive Summit.  Truly spectacular!

On the way down from the Beehive you can either go down the cliffside or you can keep going through this loop that takes you down to where you started or to the Bowl.  I highly recommend not going back to the start but rather going to the Bowl.  It’s a pond or lake completely surrounded by trees!  It’s really beautiful and there wasn’t anyone else down there.

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The Bowl from above 

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The Bowl is incredibly beautiful

Our last hike we did after lunch and doing some driving through the park loop was a portion of the Norumbega Trail. (Part of it was closed as well.)  This trail took us through the woods and to a really pretty stream.

This is the beginning of the trail.  The upper portion of the trail was closed.

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The beautiful spring!

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    the tow path
    July 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I love that park. I haven’t been there in 30 years.

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      ashleypaige4
      July 6, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Thanks for reading! It was incredible. I would really like to go back in the fall when the leaves are colorful and all the trails are open. What was your favorite part of the park?

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