Archive for May, 2008

May 20, 2008

Where is Acadia National Park and why are you so obsessed with it?

Acadia National Park occupies about two-thirds of Mount Desert Island, which is 3-1/4 hours north of Portland, Maine.  You’ve heard of Bar Harbor, I’m sure, which is just one of the towns on the island.  Acadia is the only national park in New England and was established by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, the first national park east of the Mississippi.   (You can find a lot more stats and key facts at www.ouracadia.com.)

I am passionate about it because of its incredible natural beauty.  It has the highest peak on the eastern seaboard and the only fjord in North America.  The mountains, dramatic coastline, glacial lakes, and boreal forests are breathtaking.  Most importantly, although there are over two million visitors to Acadia National Park each year, Mount Desert Island regularly ranks today as one of the most beautiful islands in the world.  It has benefited from the efforts of a long line of generous preservationists, most notably John D. Rockefeller, Jr.  Really, Acadia National Park is one of America’s best examples of effective, historic eco-tourism. 

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May 18, 2008

Acadia on My Mind

It’s lonely. People are talking about Kim Kardashian, The Hills, and whether Santana is really worth what the Mets are paying. I’m thinking about the peregrines in Acadia National Park. I’ve noticed that when I’m around, people avoid any topics remotely related to New England, lobster, beautiful islands, kayaking, hiking, or biking — because the mere suggestion of any of these is enough to set me off and trap them for at least a half hour. Having my Maine Web site www.ouracadia.com isn’t enough. So, I’ve decided to do what every other obsessed American is doing. I’ll blog. And I’ll talk to myself about Maine, Mount Desert Island, and Acadia National Park.