Acadia National Park Trip

2013-06-17 14.13.02what Zeke did for most of the ride up and ALL of the ride back downbeing silly in the car

We are home from our camping trip to Maine! Got back in yesterday evening, Zeke and I have been sleeping all day, poor Doug had to go in to work after taking care of his mother all night. Our 5 days in Maine were spectacular. What a beautiful state with such friendly people and Acadia park is absolutely magical.

We stayed at Blackwoods campground, which is dog-friendly. All of Maine, btw, seems to be dog-friendly. The ranger who signed us in at the camp, commented on Zeke and his doggie seatbelt and said she also uses one for her chocolate lab. And that is pretty much how our entire trip went…everyone we met either had a dog with them or a dog at home. Zeke met lots of dog friends at the campsite, in town, and hiking on the trails. Throughout the entire park dogs must be leashed, one fellow camper told us of a single spot on private land where the owners allow day use of its trails and dogs can be off leash. Unfortunately we did not have time to explore it (this time!) but we passed by “Little Long Pond” on the way home.

ranger station at the campgroundIMG_0803our campsite-we LOVED it

 

Unfortunately I was sick for most of the trip, but stocked up on dayquil, advil, and cough drops-I wasn’t going to let it ruin my much anticipated vacation! Tuesday, we figured our way around the park roads and went into town for breakfast. We found a cute little cafe that allowed us to sit outside with Zeke. I tried hard to remember the name so I could give it a good review but it has slipped my mind. We explored two short trails near camp. That night I got pretty sick so we hung around camp all evening.

On Wednesday, Doug donned his backpack and I hooked Zeke up to my canicross belt and we hiked up Cadillac mountain. Now THAT was an experience and made me the happiest girl in the world and Zeke the happiest dog. I think Doug just liked it-he was accusing me of trying to kill him after only the first mile! But he was a good sport and made it the remaining 7 miles. The pics from this are on his phone so I hope to download them tomorrow. That night we went to the coin operated showers and out to dinner at the Lobster Pound-another dog friendly outdoor eatery.

Thursday we did some of the Acadia park scenic drive, stopping to explore and take pictures. Then we did a short hike along some rocks at a place called the Tarn. Zeke had fun splashing in the water and we tried to catch some frogs. Spend some time souvenir shopping in town and ended with a delicious “hobo dinner” back at camp. Friday, before we left, I walked Zeke one last time on the camp trails.

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he always has his tongue out in pics

he always has his tongue out in pics

Doug on a bridge

Doug on a bridge

happy wet dog

happy wet dog

holding on for dear life as Zeke got the "zoomies" in this little creek

holding on for dear life as Zeke got the “zoomies” in this little creek

soooo happy i bought the canicross belt-hands free hiking!

soooo happy i bought the canicross belt-hands free hiking!

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rocks where we sunbathed and caught frogs

rocks where we sunbathed and caught frogs

 

the Tarn

the Tarn

 

We never ended up going to Vermont. There was so much to do in Maine and with me not feeling great I didnt want to break down the tent and set it up somewhere else for only one night. We are hoping to try the Vermont campsite on a long weekend soon and next long vacation I want to go back to Maine!

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~ by manicivy on June 22, 2013.

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