Did you know that the United States has more than fifty national parks? Heck, I didn’t know either until I googled last week. Since I live in the United States, I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t know this, even more embarrassed when I found out through that same google search that I had already visited my first national park some years ago: The Everglades in Florida. I had ignorantly thought that the trip I took to Maine a couple of weeks ago would be my first trip to a national park. At the end, I still feel like Acadia National Park was my first real dose of what our parks have to offer, and I now want to visit all of them before I die. You have to start somewhere, right? Two down, fifty-seven more to go! I hope you enjoy this post about the top 10 things you should do when you visit Acadia National Park in Maine.
In October of last year, I made a huge mistake. I tried to go to the last Oktoberfest weekend at Bear Mountain in New York. Word of advice: DO NOT try this. As my husband drove the car and we approached the exit to Perkins Memorial Drive, the road that would lead us to the top of the mountain, we noticed a police car blocking the entrance. Perkins Memorial Drive was closed, and the only way you could go to Oktoberfest was through the highway, where it seemed that a thousand cars were trying to cram into. This caused such a traffic jam that it took us almost an hour to travel one mile to the traffic circle that would lead us to Bear Mountain Inn. By this point, neither my husband nor I really thought we’d enjoy ourselves. So I used what never fails, Google, and we ended up at Storm King Art Center. It turned out to be a great day, but we promised to give Bear Mountain another go in 2017.
The first time I visited this park was on January 1, 2015 with my boyfriend at that time. He is now my husband and we decided that Brooklyn Bridge Park be the ideal place for our wedding photo shoot. The first time we were there, it was so cold that our phones would turn off when we tried to take pictures.
What type of hiker are you? At times, I feel like I want to challenge myself and hike hours until I get to my goal. Other times, and this post is about one of them, I just want to get there quickly, take in some views and relax. I wanted to get to Sam’s Point in Minnewaska State Park without killing myself. After a long summer with wedding planning, catching up with friends and getting prepared to move out, I needed something painless. Painless hiking and no pain the following day!