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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Acadia National Park II ~ AHHHHHH Nature♥

Our second day had a lot on our agenda ~  Sand Beach, Sieur de Monts a natural spring, Wild Gardens of Acadia, Nature Center and a interpative trail at the same spot.  There is so much nature and beauty here that you can spend hours just strolling through the Gardens, Woods or Seashore and get caught up in the breathtaking beauty.  We started at Sieur de Monts which has the Nature Center where we saw animals of the region and plant life. Then walked outside to the Springs and the interpertive walk.

Acadia's Sieur de Monts Spring House during summerThe Sieur de Monts Spring House was built in Acadia National Park by George B. Dorr in 1909. On a nearby rock he carved “The Sweet Waters of Acadia” which can still be seen today. This serves as an important monument to the Park's formation.

The Wild Gardens of Acadia is maintained by a  group of community volunteers. It reflects the typical habitats as found on Mount Desert Island. More than 300 native species are labeled to make identification easy in nine separate display areas.

When we strolled into the beautiful gardens, which we  wondered through and a interpative trail we walked along, it was such a beautiful feeling of peace and serenity.  I could have sat here for hours.

Our last stop for the day was Sand Beach ~ Sand Beach is a gorgeous little beach nestled between mountains and rocky shores. The beach is largely comprised of unique sand of shell fragments created by the pounding surf.  The ocean temperature rarely exceeds 55 degrees in the summer but the children don't seem to mind much. There is approximately one half a cup of salt per gallon of water.   We dipped our toes in and believe me ~ no swimming for us!

We had a GREAT day exploring more of Acadia National Park and there is still so much to see and do here... We have more then exceeded our last visit here several years ago and we are having so much more fun this time!  I guess we have learned finally to slow down ad smell the Wild roses ~ LOL!

Have Fun, Travel Safe & Stay Healthy!!!


Travels with Emma said...

The last time I was in Acadia was around 1975. Guess I need to go back and enjoy it again. :)

KarenInTheWoods said...

Ohhh what a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing, will mark that one on my maps.

Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

Karen and Al said...

So beautiful and lush.

Al and Karen said...

It's where we plan to be next summer! Love it there.

Bob and Jo said...

What a gorgeous area

Janna and Mike said...

I so want to go to Acadia but will probably have to do a girl's trip with family or girlfriends--Maine in summer would be too crowded for my people phobic husband!

Two Greyhound Town said...

It looks beautiful! I love your photos.

Roadrunner Chronicles said...

We might have been at Sand Beach the same day!


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