Mount Desert Island

Coastal Acadia: tonic for the soul

Before 2013 draws to a close, I wanted to share the last instalment of my wonderful USA trip with you. Back in October, I was very fortunate to go on a special trip for my 40th birthday. I've already blogged about

This post takes you on a tour of some coastal highlights of the absolutely stunning Acadia National Park in Maine, to complement those gorgeous fall leaves.

First up, we have Sand Beach. One of our first stops on the Park Loop Road and very accessible. We were so lucky to have a day of glorious sunshine on our last day.

One of the lovely things about Acadia National Park is that there are so many places to stop, so you can literally pull over and jump out your car whenever you want (which for us, was very often!). Below are some beautiful view points looking back over to Sand Beach.

Another beauty spot was Monument Cove. This wasn't so well sign-posted, but I'm so glad we found it. Just so many different vantage points to explore and some fabulous rocks. I could sit and watch the waves crashing for hours, listening to the seabirds. So peaceful.....

The coastline was fascinating - I loved all the rock formations - I named the one below "Crocodile Rock" - can you see it? We really enjoyed soaking up that sunshine too.

And last, but not least, we have Boulder Beach. I adore those giant pebbles! We had this place completely to ourselves and it was pure magic, just sitting in the sunshine listening to the waves. Ahhhh take me back!

I'll leave you with some glistening sparkling sea and sunny blue skies :)

Glistening golden Acadia

So before autumn says its final farewells, I thought it would be good to share the third leg of our fabulous USA trip, in all its autumn glory. From Vermont, we enjoyed a very scenic (and rather epic) drive to Mount Desert Island in Maine. We stayed in another lovely Airbnb place in pretty Somesville - the perfect location from which to explore the stunning Acadia National Park. The Park had been shut, along with all the other national parks and monuments, as part of the government shutdown in October. Luckily for us, it reopened a few days before we arrived and I am so thankful it did. Acadia really is the most stunning location, especially in the autumn.

All of an autumn whirl

We were lucky enough to enjoy some days of sunshine and it just transformed the autumn landscape into a magical glistening, golden, sparkling wonderland. There really is nothing quite like it. Dancing dappled light, golden warmth, fiery leaves - it really is tonic for the soul.

Autumn aflame
Walking the red carpet in Acadia National Park

You access most of Acadia National Park via a very well maintained Park Loop Road. Even just driving round this is something very special indeed. But we like to walk in the dappled light, feel the sun on our faces and play in the fallen leaves. So we did. Rather a lot :)

Al and I goofing around in the leaves
Al and I in Acadia National Park
Look up, it's so pretty *1*
Golden dapples

We spent a lot of time with cameras glued to our faces, as well as with our heads staring up - there was so much to look at, every which way!

How I was to be found for most of our trip!
Walking the red carpet in Acadia National Park
Golden skies

There was an absolutely stunning tree just outside where we were staying in Somesville, which was ablaze with colour. I'd love a carpet of pretty maple leaves, please :)

This gorgeous tree greeted us every morning
A fiery tumble of leaves
Nature's gold
I love autumn!
The fall

On a grey day I had fun with some Blythe photography - those gorgeous autumn leaves shine all by themselves!

Autumn girls

There is so much to see in Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island - I can highly recommend a visit. The coastal scenery is absolutely stunning too - but that's another post or this will never end! You can see the rest of my photos in my Mount Desert Island set on Flickr. I'll leave you with some shots of Jordan Pond and it's beautiful crystal clear water, Somesville and its pretty bridge, and a beautiful sunset at Southwest Harbour.

Crystal clear water at Jordan Pond
Jordan Pond
The man from milk tray
Mount Desert Island Historical Society, Somesville
Sunset at Southwest Harbour