Acadia National Park, Maine

acadia13Acadia National Park is a great place to spend the day adventuring. Located on Mount Desert Island in Maine, it’s home to an amazing array of habitats. In one short stretch you can explore mountains, the beach, ponds, lakes and woods. The park is also just a stone’s throw from Bar Harboracadia21

so if you get hungry during your travels you can be in line for a lobster roll is mere minutes. Did I mention that the park is pet friendly? How much better can it get? It really is a perfect little spot to play.

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And play we did! The dogs had a blast running through the surf on gorgeous Sand Beach. From one end of the shore to the other they chased waves, frolicked, and swam through the chilly Atlantic waters. The beach is capped by a wooded jetty on one end, a rocky outcrop on the other, and
is cornered by a pond whose clear waters acadia35reflect the mountain that watches over the
beach in the distance.

The pups raced across the summit of Cadillac Mountain, following the trails down the side like surefooted little mountain goats. We followed our little climbers as

acadia67they bounded around like jack rabbits, exploring, conquering, even taking the time to enjoy the view. While we didn’t let them out to experience the wonders of Thunder Hole, they did enjoy a lengthy hike on the wooded trails around Jordan Pond.

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We had a great day at the park. Traveling with dogs can be complicated, and I’m so grateful for all the places that welcome furry family members with open arms. Mount Desert Island quickly became one of my favorite places and I can’t wait to visit again.

Sunrise on Mount Cadillac

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acadia98Most people don’t rank waking up before dawn very high on their vacation to-do list, but if you visit Bar Harbor in Maine, watching the sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain is the thing to do. Located in Acadia National Park, Cadillac acadia109Mountain is a 1528 peak that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. At certain times of the year, the summit of this mountain is the first place the sun can be seen along the eastern seaboard.

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It was still pitch black when we woke up, packed the pups and ourselves in the car, and began the quick drive from the hotel to Acadia National Park. Once in the park, we joined the line of cars slowly making their way up the winding road that snakes up the mountain. The sky began lightening, black turning midnight blue fading to indigo waning to cobalt. We soon found ourselves at the top, the summit littered with people, many still in their pajamas, cameras in hand. acadia103

Lavender and amaranth pink quickly rose from the skyline, coloring the sky with the first rays of light. Peach soon followed as the sun approached, until finally the glowing orb itself was visible, hovering along the horizon in the distance. Then it broke free, proudly rising into the sky, bringing a new day with it. The crowd dispersed quickly, quietly, still half asleep. After a few extra pictures we followed suit, driving into town on a breakfast seeking adventure, but we’d be back later to explore the mountain’s many trails.

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