The Weather Outside Is Frightful But The Hiking Oh So Delightful

So anyone currently on the East Coast knows it’s been raining pretty much non-stop for the past few days and it looks like there’s no end in sight.  I had one really sunny day here in Bar Harbor and then no sunshine for the past three days.  No way its going to dampen my outdoorsy spirit, as a matter of fact hiking in the inclement weather the past few days has been exceptionally beautiful. 

Acadia National Park   has always held special memories for me.  In 1995 I took the entire month of August off from work, rented a house in Ellsworth and did nothing but hike in the park and bake Nestle Toll House cookies.  Every year I thought about coming back to Acadia but somehow never made it. Its taken 16 years to get back here and it’s just as amazing as I remember it. I think part of the magic of Acadia is that I don’t know anywhere else you can hike through the woods, climb a mountain peak and emerge at the summit surrounded by water and islands in every direction. 

The gateway to Acadia NP is Bar Harbor a quaint costal Maine town with great restaurants, shops and every type of water-based activity you can think of.  All in all it’s one of my favorite places in the United States, so far anyway.  Here are some photos from the past three days of hiking.

The Summit of Mt. Penobscot

Another View From Mt. Penobscot--Elevation 1,194 Feet

The West Side Of Jordan Pond

View From The Top Of Cadillac Mountain

A Trusty Blue Trail Marker Points The Way

Fog Hiking

The Smell Of Fresh Pine

The Bowl

See That Mountain Way In The Background? I Hiked To The Top of It! Mt. Champlain In The Background Photographed From The Top Of Gorham Mountain

Jessup Path

Top Of The Mountain-Almost

Fiddleheads in Bloom

One Just For Fun!


  1. Jen Ottinger on May 17, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I think you and ducks are the only ones enjoying this dismal weather we’re having.

    • halcyonhighway on May 17, 2011 at 8:14 am

      I’d rather it were sunny don’t get me wrong, but since it ain’t I’m doing the whole lemonade out of lemons thing!

  2. Ellen on May 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    You are always the glass half FULL! Love that about you. Hopefully Bangor has some gaps in the rain. Enjoy!

  3. Kyle on May 24, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Marc… Awesome!!! Jealous. but so inspirational!! You are the man! I hope you are enjoying. I am enjoying the blog now… be with all the way. Godspeed… and good fortune

    • halcyonhighway on May 29, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks Kyle its been amazing and ready to head West now!

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