Sunday, July 17, 2022

Mountains, birds and hiking, oh my!

We are enjoying Acadia National Park.  Everyone asks "What's your favorite place?"  It is definitely Maine--in July, Pat said. Not someplace I'd choose to live in the winter! We have enjoyed 4 trips here, 2 in a tent and 2 in the RV. July is perfect, and autumn is beautiful, but already too cold.

Friday we headed to Acadia Mountain for some leisurely hiking. Samira was ahead of us the entire way, with Pat close behind. Cyrus lost steam and I struggled with the many steps.  Some sets were actual steps and some were made of rocks of various heights. Time to get my knee fixed? Maybe. No switchbacks, pretty much straight up.  We didn't attempt to make it to the top.

Cyrus' favorite, Dunkin', for lunch.

The kids needed to visit a museum to fulfill one requirement of the Junior Ranger Badge.  We made it to the Wendell Gilley Museum just before it closed. He was a plumber by trade, but between 1931 and 1981 Mr. Gilley (he died in 1981) created 10,000 carvings of birds mostly from basewood. He invited people to his studio to watch, learn (woodcarving and birds), and participate.  

Steve Valleau has been an artist-in-training since 1985 and continues to share his craft.
David Speiser has a watercolor exhibition on display through Aug.


They hold workshops in the summer.  In the background is the carving studio which you can view.

On the lawn of the museum was an interactive display on owls.  The kids really enjoyed this.

After a stop at the Hulls Visitor Center Thursday to pick up Junior Ranger Books we took the road to the top of Cadillac Mountain. We had purchased tickets several weeks back.  Stunning views from the top.  We all enjoyed climbing around on the rocks.




Then we stopped at Eagle Lake to walk a short section of one of the 45 miles of Carriage Trails. A gift from John D. Rockefeller, built from 1913-1940.

One more stop at Echo Lake made for a full day. 

Where are the Piepers now?  Southwest Harbor, ME.

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