|Delilah ready for the trail. She may be|
small but she is mighty.
We love having people come to Maine and visit us because it is a place we love so much with lots to do. For the outdoor enthusiast, this is paradise. The hiking here is great and well diversified. If you want long, strenuous, ladders to climb, easy, scenic, shady, and technical trails – you've come to the right place and Acadia National Park (NP) will deliver. And the best thing about the trails is that your pooch is welcome to come along. Acadia NP's pet-friendly attitude is a stark contrast to western NP's where dogs are only allowed in developed areas such as campgrounds, “villages,” and roads.
The first place we took our friends was to the Acadia NP visitor center. This logical first stop provides an orientation film, park diagram, offers information and maps, and a bookstore/gift shop. From there we took a quick drive on the Park Loop Road and meandered our way up to the famed Cadillac Mountain. Cadillac Mountain is the highest point (1,530 feet) in Acadia and offers fantastic panoramic views of Bar Harbor, Frenchmen's Bay and the surrounding islands. There is an easy paved .3-mile Summit Trail that exploits all the jaw-dropping vistas on top of the mountain. Or for the adventure seekers, you can opt to hike up to the mountain summit.
|Spectacular views of downtown Bar Harbor and Frenchmen's Bay|
|Nancy, Ginger, and Me.|
|Betsy and Nancy at the top of Conners Nubble|
When you come to Maine there are a few things you have "to do." First and foremost, you must eat lobster. For all of you readers who are worried that our eating habits have resulted in Homarus americanus (a.k.a. lobster) now being listed as an endangered species here is proof there are still a few left.
|Lobsters and steamed clams|
|Nancy, Ginger, Me and Betsy's brother, Mark at one of our favorite lobster pounds|
We were so glad our friends decided to come up to Bar Harbor and hang out with us for a week. Unfortunately, the time passed quickly and it was soon time to say goodbye.