Acadia National Park – Maine – Day One

Acadia Arrival, Gorham Mountain Trail, Sand Beach, Toddy Pond

What can I say about Maine? Everything in Maine is beautiful. From the trees beginning to change from their summer greens to their vibrant oranges and yellows to the picturesque clouds floating in the sky to even the fog rolling over hilltops. This place is the outdoorsy type’s dream. Our latest destination? Acadia National Park. Situated about three hours north of Portland, Acadia is on Mount Desert Island off of Maine’s coast. The island clocks in at just over 100 square miles and is second in size, on the eastern seaboard, only to Long Island. The park is huge. There’s trails everywhere including 45 miles of carriage trails built by John D. Rockefeller. Rockefeller was one of the main donators of the land for the park. There’s plenty to see and even though we spent three days there hiking, we only covered a small percentage of the park itself. We hung out by the coastline mostly in order to take in those ocean views. Stupendous! We rented a house in nearby Surry which is only about 35 minutes away from Acadia’s Sand Beach entrance. The uninsulated camp is on Toddy Pond; also spectacular views. We had a fantastic time and I wish to share with you some of the pics I took along the way. We started off on the Gorham Mountain Trail which is a bit south of Acadia’s Sand Beach entrance. We actually passed Sand Beach on the way down to Gorham. Once we got back down we headed north for a quick look at Sand Beach.

Bradley! He loves the woods!

Gorham Mountain Trail

And so it begins!
“The Pathmaker”
Check out these cool Jenga like rocks.
The top of Gorham!
Gorham Mountain Peak
Gorham Mountain Peak
We made it! 525 feet. Not the highest but the scrambles and views along the way were fun!
Sand Beach
Creek opposite Sand Beach. I heard that at one time this connected with the ocean at high tide.The ocean is maybe 120 feet behind me.
Looking out over the Atlantic from Park Loop Road.
Stairs leading down to an overlook.
A cloudy haze started rolling in over this Atlantic view.
Rocky beach below Park Loop Road.
House on the pond? Yes please!
Deck overlooking Toddy Pond.
Sunset over Toddy Pond.
Dock on Toddy Pond.
Post hike slumber.