Boston Landscape Photographer – Acadia National Park

We went to Acadia National Park this weekend! Around my 30th birthday, I decided that I wanted to visit all of the 58 National Parks. So far, I’ve been to Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Zion, Yosemite, and now Acadia. In August, I’ll be visiting Olympic, Mt. Rainier, and Crater Lake!

This weekend we drove up Maine’s coast, about 5 hours total. On the way up, we stopped at the Redhook brewery in Portsmouth, NH, and Frosty’s Donuts and the GIGANTIC LL Bean store in Freeport, ME. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos of beer or donuts, and have learned my blogging lesson.

Our last stop before the Blackwoods Campground was to the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory. The observatory is 42 stories tall, built into the bridge, and the “crown jewel of Coastal Maine.” The views were pretty great, and we could even see Cadillac Mountain in Acadia off in the distance.

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pretty bridge

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the view

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After we set up our campsite, we went up to downtown Bar Harbor for lunch, and walked out to Bar Island on the sandbar. We took a quick hike to the summit, stopping to “smell” the lupines, and seeing a great view from the top.

Lupines on Bar Island!

Lupines on Bar Island!

Whitney eats a Lupine

Whitney eats a Lupine

The view from Bar Island.

The view from Bar Island.

We hiked back down just in time to make it across the sandbar before the tide came back in. A very friendly local told us a story about some tourists who unknowingly parked their car on the sandbar, kayaked out, and mysteriously couldn’t find their car when they returned.

The sandbar closing up!

The sandbar closing up!

Our new friend, who we frequently saw around town.

Our new friend, who we frequently saw around town.

Oakley was in heaven.

Oakley was in heaven.

We drove around Park Loop road to see the park, and called it a night after making burgers and smores on the campfire, and drinking a few beers.

The next day we set off to hike to the top of Cadillac Mountain from Blackwoods Campground—a moderate 8.4 mile round trip, 1,500 ft elevation gain hike. Challenging but not too difficult with beautiful views on 80% of the trail, this was one of my favorite hikes ever. I left my good camera at camp because I didn’t feel like carrying the extra weight, and I figured we’d just drive back another day. Another lesson learned, but the iphone photos aren’t half bad either.

The group

The group

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Oakley loves hiking

Oakley loves hiking

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The summit

The summit

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So small

So small

Oakley was yelled at on this spot

Oakley was yelled at on this spot

About half way

About half way

On the way up

On the way up

That night, I did an Astrophotography workshop with Christopher Georgia. It was awesome! Check out all the photos in my Astrophoto Acadia post!

12 photo panoramic of the Milkyway over Sand Beach, Acadia ME

12 photo panoramic of the Milkyway over Sand Beach, Acadia ME

Our last day together we did some short hikes and drove around the rest of the park. The highlight was hiking the Beehive trail, which included steel ladders secured to rocks. This is not my favorite kind of hike, but I’m glad I did it and the views were pretty great. Definitely biggest bank for your buck. I think it was about a mile round trip but you’re pretty much rock climbing the whole time on cliffs.

 

Oakley the mountain dog

Oakley the mountain dog

From the top of Beehive

From the top of Beehive

Don't look down

Don’t look down

Taking in the view

Taking in the view

Overall we had an amazing long weekend exploring northern Maine, camping, hiking, eating, drinking, and taking photos. Look out for some great Milky way shots from my workshop soon!

Welcome to Whitney G Photography, I'm a Boston-based newborn, baby, and family photographer. I have a slight obsession with fresh babies—from their tiny toes to their perfect eyelashes, I just cannot get enough. The first few days of your baby's life are so special and fleeting, I would be honored to be a part of it.

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