Acadia National Park – Day 4

Wednesday saw the sun peek through the clouds right after sunrise. After leaving the hotel I had planned out a loop hike of the Long Pond Trail, part of the Great Notch Trail, and part of Gilley trail. I thought this would take all day so I packed a lunch. I did 5.5 miles inContinue reading “Acadia National Park – Day 4”

Acadia National Park – Data and Statistics

Acadia presented the option for lots of data. It was the first extended vacation I have taken planned by me, with only me in attendance. Costs I wanted to camp for several reasons. First, because camping is fun and I enjoy it. There’s something special about sleeping outside under the stars and cooking over theContinue reading “Acadia National Park – Data and Statistics”

Acadia National Park – Day 3

Tuesday’s morning plan was to drive the loop road to hit Monument Cover and Boulder Beach for sunrise. The weather did not cooperate so I just went to Otter Cliffs and saw no sunrise. By the time I got back to the campsite it was misting and I had no faith my fire would startContinue reading “Acadia National Park – Day 3”

Acadia National Park – Day 2

Day 2 saw some actual planning on my part. I woke up at 5:30 to drive up Cadillac Mountain for sunrise (at 6:30). There was no parking at the top. I was lucky and found a roadside spot on my way down. This was frustrating because, again, I did not realize how crowded this parkContinue reading “Acadia National Park – Day 2”

Acadia National Park – Day 1

Day 0 was a driving day. I started in Ashburn, VA, and ended up in Freeport, ME 12 hours later.   On to Day 1, I woke up in Freeport and did my pilgrimage to the LL Bean flagship store. The giant Bean Boot out front is really cool, as are the interlocked moose inContinue reading “Acadia National Park – Day 1”

Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Park

The rains ruined a perfectly good proposed Saturday outing out to Shenandoah.  The compromise?  A quick Sunday morning hike to the Potomac at Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Park, a part of NOVA Parks.  Judging from the NOVA Parks cover photo, I need to go back because I don’t have to be on the river’s edge. Continue reading “Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Park”

Mason Neck State Park

State park visit number one of Virginia is in the books.  Mason Neck State Park is east, on Belmont Bay off the Potomic River near Lorton.  According to their website, it the entire region is known for birds, in particular bald eagles. I didn’t think I saw any, but reviewing my photos today showed oneContinue reading “Mason Neck State Park”

Great Falls Park

Great Falls Park – a National Park Service site on the Potomac – was the first photography outing since I moved my home base to Virginia.  The park is a 30 minute drive from my apartment.  This morning I spent 3 hours wandering around.  The crowd really fills it up around 10:30.  I mainly spentContinue reading “Great Falls Park”