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Why Go to Acadia National Park? A Reminder

Sometimes I wonder why people bother going to Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island in Maine. I live close by, just an hour or two away, but most people need to travel for a day to get to the nearest city, then spend a few more hours in a car to visit a place where a mountain tumbles into the ocean. Why go to the trouble?

I was reminded today why it’s worth the trouble as I watched Jordan Stream emptied into Bracy Cove, standing at the spot where fresh water meets salt.

Bracy Cove on Mount Desert Island, June 22 2014

What made this pretty picture? Carbon and water, uplift and erosion, spinning in cycles for half a billion years. Add an eye to see it this day and the time to see it. I wasn’t distracted by the artifacts of humanity while I just sat and watched the clouds reel overhead, the trees sway, the rainwater trickling into the ocean. Even at the end of June it’s not high season yet on the island. Traffic is still quiet and most trails are, if not empty, subdued. There was nothing human I could see between me and Cadillac mountain, seven miles away.

This kind of moment is the reason they turned the place into a national park. I know it’s a haul for most of you, but if you’re ever in this neck of the North and ask yourself, “should I take an extra day for Acadia National Park?,” make the answer “yes.”

1 comment to Why Go to Acadia National Park? A Reminder

  • Tom

    Jim: The picture practically speaks for itself, yet your brief poetic description only enhanced it. When sitting and contemplating idyllic scenery like this, one is reminded in a cosmic way that we’re not separate from our planet, and to both appreciate it and take care of it.


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