We spent the first half of our vacation in and around Bar Harbor, ME. It was Cheri's year to pick the half-marathon trip and she chose Maine. This time, we decided to take the husbands and make a vacation out of it. We stayed in a super cute cabin on a large pond, complete with canoes and kayaks. Which by the way, I still don't think are that much fun. Anyway, this is the view from our cabin.
These photos are all at or near Sand Beach-the only part of the park's coastline that is actually a sandy beach.
Many of these were taken along Great Head Trail and Ocean Trail. Both are very scenic but Ocean trail is easier and longer, offering some really fantastic settings.
These are from the summit of Cadillac Mountain. This is the first place in the US that sees the sunrise. But you have to be there at like 4 in the morning. We skipped that, but did enjoy the evening views.
This is the quintessential photo of Acadia. It can be found all over town on artwork, postcards, maps, etc. What they don't tell you is it's not easy to get that shot! If you go around the trail to the other side of the house it's completely underwhelming and not at all scenic. If you take the trail down on this side, it ends in a pole of rocks and very jagged shoreline with an obstructed view of the lighthouse. You have to climb down the rocks all the way to the ocean to get this. Or be in a boat. While not too challenging I would not suggest anyone with small children or mobility issues try it!
Sunday, was our race. Our "support crew" did a good job of meeting us at several locations on the course, even though they were not too excited about the signs we made for them.
We were sad that this half-marathon gave glasses instead of medals, and kind of lame t-shirts as well, but the coastline we views we had while running were really spectacular. And the weather was perfect this time (as opposed to foggy in year one and rainy in year two!). They did have ice cream and pizza at the end, but we had to wait awhile for the pizza.
We got a huge kick out of this newspaper article we saw-yes, the spelling of Jesky is different but still-how funny! That would have been a really interesting vacation!
This is a really pretty time of year to visit Quebec-they have a ton of lilacs and other flowering trees and bushes that make everything look and smell wonderful.