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Acadia National Park Maine


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Visitied Acadia during the heatwave of 2024. We stayed at Wild Acadia Camping Resort in Trenton Maine which is down the road from Mt Desert Island where most of Acadia is located. Campsites were nice and bathroom facilities were large, clean, and modern.

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First evening we went in and hiked the Wonderland Trail to the Atlantic Ocean. We got there at low tide and enjoyed the rock scrambling and tide pools.
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Wild flowers were in full bloom
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We got an early start the next day and hiked the Beehive Trail from the Sand Beach parking area. It was challenging, but the rungs and ladders were fun, and the views were outstanding.
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The next day was rainy so we walked around Bar Harbor, enjoyed the Lobster Rolls, sampled great blueberry pie, and stopped for a flight at Atlantic Brewing Co. The blueberry ale was my favorite.

We got lucky the next day and had full sunshine by our reservation time for entry to Cadillac Mountain The views were awesome and we took too many pictures.
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The tide was low enough to see the Bar Harbor sand bar from the overlook
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Next we hiked the one mile trek up Champlain Mountain which has 862’ of elevation gain. Good workout with gorgeous views which provided an excuse to stop and take a rest.
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The one drawback to the park is the high number of visitors for the small number of parking spaces. Overall a great place and will rank high in our list of National Parks.

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New Hampshire and the White Mountains


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At our first stop in New Hampshire our focus is exploring the White Mountains. Our base is Franstead Family Campground in Franconia. The campground is clean with some excellent spots in the tall trees. The best sites back up to the river, but ours has very nice shade.

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Here are our highlights:

Hiked partway up the Basin Cascade trail past some waterfalls and cool pools where the water has smoothed and carved the stone.
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That trail also had the most exposed roots we have ever seen. Max and Lacy had no problem navigating them on four feet.
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We listened to one of the “GuideAlong” narrator driving apps for the Kancamagus Scenic Byway (NH 112) from Lincoln to Conway. It provides interesting history and stories along the way. We noticed the White mountains have more exposed rock than the Green mountains of Vermont. Here is a view from an overlook along the road. large_IMG_0482.jpeg

Interstate 93 through Franconia Notch State Park has some great views from the road.
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We stopped at a White Mountain National Forest trail for Sabbaday Falls. It has a nice walkway to access the upper falls area.
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Walking on some rocks gets you a view of the lower falls area:

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We hiked the Flume Gorge trail in Franconia Notch state park. It’s a two mile loop with the walk up the Flume Gorge as the highlight.
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Near the top is Avalanche Falls
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Toward the end of the trail is the Wolf's Den side trail. It’s a short crawl and squeeze between rocks. Happy to report we both fit through the gap.

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We spent the afternoon at Cannon Mountain ski resort. We rode the aerial tram car to the top where we hiked the rim trail to the top of the lookout tower. The lodge up there advertises the highest beer taps in New Hampshire so we had a beer with an amazing view and enjoyed the cool temperature outside on the deck.

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Our last day here was a rain out for outdoor activities. We walked Main Street of Littleton and found the Schilling brewery and tried their German Pilsner and their Czech Pilsner. Both were good, but the German was my favorite. We also took a trip to Bethlehem to check out the Super Secret Ice Cream Parlor. The line was out the door, but worth the wait. Our favorites flavors were the Malted Milk and Cookies and The Toasted Coconut in a waffle bowl.

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Vermont Scenic Drive 100

Top Stops On Our Trip


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We had two base camps while visiting Vermont. Our southern location was Greenwood Lodge and Campsites near Bennington. It’s a family run small place with beautiful spacious grounds, grassy hiking trails, small ponds, clean facilities, and very friendly people. Here is our site tucked into the woods:

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Along the trip we stopped at enough covered bridges to do a separate blog, these were my favorite pics along the way.
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Vermont Country Store
Picked up maple syrup, cheese, blackberry jam, and new camper slippers.
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The Church at Calvin Coolidge Birthplace
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Buttermilk Falls at Okemo State Forest
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Thundering Falls near Killington VT
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Our northern camp was at Gold Brook Campground just outside the small town of Stowe. It’s a touristy town with lots of resorts along the road. The drive up to Smugglers Notch was fun because of the tight switchbacks, steep grades, and boulders along the road. Also great hiking up there. We hiked the trail to Sterling Pond, the trail to Bingham Falls, and just a small part of the Vermont Long Trail. The trail to Moss Glen Falls was closed due to recent flooding.

Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour with samples. Enjoyed the flavor graveyard up the hill.
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Classic white Vermont Church downtown Stowe
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Not a sign you see very often.
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Waterfall by edge of 108 at Smugglers Notch
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Smugglers Notch Bingham Falls
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Smugglers Notch Sterling Pond
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Downtown Stowe has a quaint look with shops and businesses in old buildings. We stopped at the Public House and had a drink on the front lawn.
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We also visited the Von Trapp family brew hall, but didn’t get any good pics. The beer was good and the pretzel was just average.

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Lake Placid

New York


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While visiting the Adirondack area of New York, we camped at the Wilmington KOA. We hiked at the flume trailhead toward flume knob but ran out of steam and turned around at 650 feet of elevation gain. The bugs were horrendous despite copious amounts of insect repellent. Luckily the waterfall was right at the parking lot.
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A pleasant surprise was the Olympic Training facility. We took a gondola ride to the tower area.

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After a 26 story elevator ride we walked around the platform. View from the top.

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Here is the view looking down the track:
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Some skiers were training while we were there. They spray the landing area with water between jumpers.
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Here is a skier getting ready to jumplarge_IMG_0454.jpeg

Skier in flight:
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The Adirondack area was the prettiest area we experienced while in New York. The mountains remind me of the great smokies in many ways.

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Boldt Castle on Heart Island

New York 1000 Lakes Area


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A six minute ferry ride on Uncle Sam’s Boat Tours in Alexandria Bay took us to Boldt Castle. Designed after European Castles, George Boldt began a summer estate for his wife and kids, but construction stopped when his wife died before it was completed. Now reconstruction has resumed by the 1000 island bridge authority so we now know where all that toll money goes.

Castle entrance
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View from the side
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Not all interior rooms are completed, but the some of them remind me of the Biltmore estate on a smaller scale.

Dining room
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Grand staircase from above
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From the garden walkway
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The island had its own powerhouse with generators for electricity and water pressure
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One of the coolest areas was the small castle built as a playhouse for the kids.
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Overall a great way to spend a few hours. Total cost was $46 for the boat ride and self guided tour for 2 people.

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