Acadia through the spirit of America

Since summiting Mt. Katahdin, I feel finished with my hike. However, I still have some miles to make up to complete an official thru hike. My parents and brother met me in up Millinoket, ME with a rental RV, we visited Acadia National Park and coastal Maine towns and also stopped at the famously huge 24hr L.L.Bean store. Despite the rainy New England weather the family adventure was awesome, Acadia was amazing, the seafood was delicious and the company was great. After a brief visit with family in MA, I jumped back on trail in Dalton, MA and started my make up hike southbound, I kinda feel like a high schooler having to attend summer school to graduate. The trail is a lot different now, there aren’t other thru hikers around. I do enjoy the solitude of this section it gives me time to think and forces me to hike my own hike. It can also be very lonely out there cause I don’t have the camaraderie I’m so use to from past. I have met plenty of section hikers and day hikers to talk and share stories with. Section and day hikers are out to enjoy themselves and generally have very up beat and enthusiastic attitudes about their hike, which is refreshing. Autumn in The Berkshires Mountains of Western Massachusetts is gorgeous! The leaves are almost at peak color and falling to the ground in great numbers. Walking the trail through the leaves can be difficult, the rocks and roots are hidden and when wet the leaf covered terrain is slicker than slick.

20121009-093121.jpg
Acadia National Park

20121009-093157.jpg
Acadia National Park

20121009-093228.jpg
My mother wading in the salt water waves of the Atlantic Ocean at Acadia National Park.

20121009-093357.jpg
My mother wading in the salt water waves of the Atlantic Ocean at Acadia National Park.

20121009-093442.jpg

20121009-093501.jpg

20121009-093524.jpg
My brother “baby steps” at Acadia National Park.

20121009-093602.jpg

20121009-093617.jpg

20121009-093629.jpg
My father taking photos at Acadia National Park. He’s the one who got me into photography when I was younger and also gave me my first camera, his old Chinon 35mm SLR to experiment with.

20121009-093919.jpg
Acadia National Park

20121009-093948.jpg
Acadia National Park

20121009-094017.jpg

20121009-094037.jpg
My brother “baby steps” at Acadia National Park.

20121009-094112.jpg
My parents walking through the fog at Acadia National Park

20121009-094155.jpg
Back on trail, walking through the fallen leaves in The Berkshires, my old stomping ground.

20121009-094312.jpg

20121009-094324.jpg

20121009-094337.jpg

20121009-094412.jpg

20121009-094427.jpg

20121009-094442.jpg

20121009-094500.jpg

20121009-094512.jpg

20121009-094524.jpg
Bridge crossing over I90 the Mass Pike.

20121009-094600.jpg

20121009-094611.jpg
The Cabin at Upper Goose Pond, this place was awesome! A donation based stay with warm bunk rooms, common room with a fireplace and pancake breakfast.

20121009-095847.jpg
Upper Goose Pond.

20121009-095935.jpg

20121009-095951.jpg

20121009-100003.jpg

20121009-100018.jpg

20121009-100034.jpg

20121009-100047.jpg

20121009-100058.jpg

20121009-100112.jpg

This entry was posted in Appalachian Trail and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

*
*