Our Anniversary Weekend in Acadia National Park

Getting away these days isn’t easy… especially with two small kids and being a self-employed family.  And even more so when the car decides to bite the dust the day before you’re planning to leave (ugh).  But thanks to our wonderful family and a borrowed car, we were still able to make our whirlwind getaway to Acadia National Park to celebrate our seventh(!) wedding anniversary. 
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Watching the boats from downtown Bar Harbor.

Acadia has become one of our favorite places to visit for so many reasons - including the ocean, the views, the hiking trails, and the dark skies. Acadia is one of the best places to find dark sky these days, as the night sky everywhere is becoming more and more “light polluted” by city and town lights. On a clear night in Acadia you’ll see far more stars than you ever could back home. My husband Adrian is an accomplished astrophotographer, and loves capturing the landscape at night, along with the milky way and galaxies. This year our anniversary also coincided with the Acadia Night Sky Festival so it was a perfect excuse to make the trip up there. My favorite part of the whole trip was sitting on Sand Beach Saturday Night, listening to the waves and watching the stars.

 Adrian captured this amazing photo for us to celebrate our seventh wedding anniversary!

Adrian captured this amazing photo for us to celebrate our seventh wedding anniversary!

The rest of the trip was spent doing some small hikes, taking photos for other projects, and driving around exploring. This time we had a chance to visit the other side of Mt. Desert Island too, and got to see Somes Sound and Bass Harbor Lighthouse. We also spent the night at Blackwoods Campground which is conveniently located in the midst of of the park - we got very lucky getting the second to last campsite available in the entire campground!
On the way home we made sure to stop into Dysart’s Truck Stop for a late breakfast - no trip up the coast of Maine would be complete without a Dysart’s stop! All-in-all we only spent about 36 hours away but we were able to fit in a lot - scroll down to see more photos from the trip.

Happy Anniversary!  At Otter Cove, Acadia National Park
 Blackwoods Campground, Acadia National Park

Blackwoods Campground, Acadia National Park

 Sand Beach, Acadia National Park

Sand Beach, Acadia National Park

 Near Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park

Near Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park

 Otter Cove, Acadia National Park

Otter Cove, Acadia National Park

 The other side of Otter Cove, Acadia National Park

The other side of Otter Cove, Acadia National Park

 Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park

Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park

 The view from the top of Cadillac Mountain - look how big that cruise ship is compared to downtown Bar Harbor!

The view from the top of Cadillac Mountain - look how big that cruise ship is compared to downtown Bar Harbor!

 Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park

Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park

 Along Somes Sound, Acadia

Along Somes Sound, Acadia

 The worn stairs at Bass Harbor Lighthouse were so cool!

The worn stairs at Bass Harbor Lighthouse were so cool!

Bass Harbor Lighthouse, MDI
 Bass Harbor Lighthouse, MDI

Bass Harbor Lighthouse, MDI

Bass Harbor Lighthouse, MDI

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