Acadia National Park | Summer 2017

Acadia National Park is the first National Park I've visited since (1) my last annual pass expired and (2) I broke my leg. I was eager to get back out and continue exploring and hiking, not to mention wanting to test how well my physical therapy prepared me for outdoor activities! Nate and Anne and I left our place on the Maine coast, driving north to Mount Desert Island early in the morning (but not early enough to catch the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain, one of the first places in the United States to greet the sun every morning).

We started out on the Park Loop, marveling at the crispness and color where the treeline meets the coastline meets the waterline. I can only imagine how breathtaking the Autumn colors must be! We parked at the pirate-cove-like Sand Beach to hike the Beehive Trail. It is exactly the type of concise, interesting hiking trail I was looking for on a quick visit - a few miles of woods, lite-climbing, pitstops at lakes and mountain overlooks, etc. We walked back to the car along the famous Acadia coast.

A quick reminder to watch Ken Burns' National Parks documentary series...I kept reflecting on the stories of Charles Eliot and George B. Dorr promoting, protecting, and shepherding Acadia into existence, and how thankful I am that they did! From Dorr: "Saved to future generations as it has been to us, in the wild primeval beauty of the nature it exhibits, of ancient rocks and still more ancient sea, with infinite detail of life and landscape interest between, the spirit and mind of man will surely find in it in the years and centuries to come an inspiration and a means of growth as essential to them ever and anon as are fresh air and sunshine to the body."

Acadia National Park became the 14th National Park on February 26, 1919, and is located on Mount Desert Island on the coast of Maine.

All pictures by Karl Magnuson
Canon 6D Mark II
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L, Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L