Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park protects the natural beauty of the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic coastline of the United States, an abundance of habitats, and a rich cultural heritage. At 3.5 million visits a year, it's one of the top 10 most-visited national parks in the United States. Visitors enjoy 27 miles of historic motor roads, 158 miles of hiking trails, and 45 miles of carriage roads.

Wonderland tidepools

We decided to visit Acadia after my trip to Death Valley took a fortunate turn. I hit a royal flush in Vegas playing video poker. I used a portion of my winnings to buy me and my buddy plane tickets and a campsite at this top tier park. This was only my second outing with my Nikon camera and I only had one lens at the time. I still managed to capture a few quality images. The park itself is wonderful. The sounds of the ocean, the lobster dinners, the rocky cliffs and beaches, the lobster ice cream, the stars at night, the lobster beer, the gorgeous sunrises every single morning, the dollar lobster rolls....

Hiking the beehive loop (cell photo)

Thunder hole

All jokes aside, we really had a great time here and I hope to return again one day. My favorite hike was the beehive loop. It was definitely a challenge but it was extremely exhilarating to walk on the thin exposed ledges of one of the park's famous rung and ladder trails. The view at the end was incredible. Unfortunately, I was too afraid to bring my camera on this hike at the time. Maybe one day, I'll venture back to Maine now that i have some better gear to do rock scrambles with a DSLR.

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