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Acadia National Park, ME
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Acadia National Park, ME 
Acadia National Park, ME
Walk / Tour avatar Oct 08 2016
Walk / Tour5.00 Miles
Walk / Tour5.00 Miles
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Kelly asked me a couple weeks ago about my trip to Acadia National Park for an Arizona Highways Photo Workshop last October so I'm finally getting around to putting up a report. It involved minimal hiking really but what little hiking we did usually had incredible payoffs. I highly recommend you put this on your bucket list if you have one; especially to see such awesome fall colors :y: . There is plenty of hiking that can be done and I would highly recommend that as well.

I have to say it was nice to be driven around in a van with a former in-resident photographer as she knew when to go and where to go. All we had to do was show up. We had two vans for the assistants and participants that were rented in Portland, ME where we all met. Our home at Bar Harbor Inn was spectacular. We walked into town for our entertainment and our meals. The grounds here were beautifully gardened and had lots of color.

The early to rise took a bit to get used to for me especially with the 3 hr time difference and the very cold temperatures and usually windy conditions but I managed just fine. We would shoot the sunrise and then maybe somewhere else before coming back for breakfast which was followed by a little downtime or a critique session.

Most of the time we would walk into town for lunch as a group and tried all of the local favorites it seemed: Side Street Cafe (had Lobster Mac and Cheese, YUM and our first lobster roll (the best of the many we had at various places), Geddy's, Galyn's and Paddy's. Needless to say I always had "lobster" something. I even tried a lobster pizza at Blaze, they used a white sauce. However, Blaze is not a place I would go back to. On one of our "on your own" we tried Jalapenos and enjoyed the lobster tacos and roasted corn on the cob. Don't order the home made sangria as it's not; Altho the bar tender did help dress it up at my request.

After lunch and/or critiques it was out to shoot the sunsets. I was still so new at all of this and based on guidelines from our most wonderful trip leader and head photographer Colleen Miniuk-Sperry :app: I learned a lot. I did get a few good shots with my Canon T6-S that I didn't know very well as I really hadn't used it since April. I worked with my cable release which was kind of fun trying to capture the waves. Two of the sunsets we shot were at lighthouses: Bass Harbor and my favorite of the many lighthouses I saw on my NE Coast trip, Pemaquid down in Bristol, ME.

Here is a link to some of the hiking trails in Acadia National Park: ... html
Mind you, like so many of our state parks, this one is very crowded too!

click to see Acadia National Park Playlist youtube videos of the places we visited including Eagle Lake, Boulder Beach and Otter Cliffs, Sieur de Monts, Bar Harbor & Jordan Pond & Visitors Center, Little Long Pond, Cadillac Mountain on a bad weather morning, Duck Brook & Duck Brook Bridge & Bar Harbor, Otter Point, Cadillac Mountain October sunrise, Bar Harbor & Margaret Todd schooner, Duck Brook, Bass Harbor & Lighthouse, Monument Cove, The Tarn and Bar Harbor.

Pemaquid Lighthouse Part 1
Pemaquid Lighthouse Part 2
Portland Head Lighthouse Part 1
Portland Head Lighthouse Part 2
In production:
Portland - Bug, Springpoint, Ram Island via Portland Discovery Cruise, Cape Elizabeth Light and the other lighthouse, now private
York - Nubble
Boston - Graves, Long Island, Boston via Harbor Cruise

Scenic Drives
Portland to Bar Harbor Part 1
Portland to Bar Harbor Part 2
Bar Harbor to Bristol ME Part 1 (including bridge at Penobscot Narrows bridge)
Bar Harbor to Bristol ME Part 2
Portland to Boston
in production
Autumn - Color Foliage Sunset
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Wildflowers Observation None
We hit prime Oct 8-13, 2016 especially the fields of wild blueberries!
For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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