Acadia National Park: A milkid's tale
When my mom told me we were going to Acadia National Park in Maine, I hated the idea. I wanted to go to Florida. But, it turns out Maine is not bad. We used our military passes to enter Acadia for free. On the first day, my dad, my sister and I climbed the Precipice Trail. I’ve never been on a hike like that before because instead of just climbing, there were places you had to pull yourself up on metal rods in the rocks. The metal rods look like staples. We went very high, so high that my ears hurt. It was fun. Afterwards, I got a patch for my backpack.
That same day, we went to the Abbe Museum, where we saw lots of tools and instruments used by Native people, and did a scavenger hunt. At the end we got Abbe Museum temporary tattoos as a reward. Outside, we saw a wigwam used by Native Americans. It was made of bark from trees and was waterproof.
We were at Acadia for five days, and we also drove to the top of Cadillac Mountain, where we chased insects we had never seen before. We named them “buzz buzz” because they made a clicking sound that reminded us of a buzzer. We climbed Bubble Rock Mountain, which is a boulder at the top of a mountain which is really cool. It looks like it’s about to fall off the cliff, but it’s attached to other rocks and doesn’t move even if you push it very hard, which we did. Later, we went to the Thunder Hole two hours before high tide, when water crashes through a cave so hard that when it splashes it sounds like thunder.
During our time at Acadia we went to the Jordan Pond House for dinner twice, and the popovers were great. Acadia was awesome. I’m glad we went there.
By Ethan Moran