Biking Acadia

The Carriage Roads in Acadia National Park draw cyclists from all over the world to these protected paths to ride crisscrossing


the park. These crushed rock roads built in the early 1900s wind their way through the interior of the park and are used by horses and pedestrians as well as bicyclists.

imageOf course, cyclists can also fight the traffic on the perimeter road, but we happened to be in Acadia on a day the road is closed to vehicles. Each year, two days are set aside to let cyclists enjoy the 27 miles of traffic free biking.

Since I “don’t do hills”, we didn’t take advantage of riding the loop road and instead walked portions while others much older put my bike riding skills to shame.

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I forgot to take the advice on a park website to ask a ranger to suggest an appropriate carriage road to ride and ended up on a very difficult 12 mile ride which I’m certain was 100% uphill. The next day’s ride around Eagle Lake was not as difficult but still proved to be challenging enough to give me a good workout in the midst of a beautiful setting.

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I’m finally beginning to learn that a trail described as “flat” means something completely different when outside the state of Florida. I’m also learning I have a lot of work to do if I plan to ride out of state.

No Words Needed

Acadia National Park – no words needed!

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No special camera equipment needed to capture the beauty of this park. I took all pictures with iPhone 6 (John took the picture of me, also with an iPhone 6).

TBT Lesson #65

Tuesday was the 99th anniversary of the National Park Service. Since I wasn’t able to visit one of the parks on that day, I dragged out a box of photos looking for some pictures from previous trips to a park.

I found several photo envelopes filled with National Park memories, it I especially liked this one of John and me taken at Redwoods National Park.

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TBT Lesson: Hugging a tree is fine, but it’s better to hug the one you love while standing next to a giant tree.

99 Ways to Celebrate the NPS

Yesterday the National Park Service celebrated the 99th birthday of the park system and posted a list of 99 ways to #FindYourPark. The list includes ways everyone can enjoy the parks. Suggestions are as diverse as writing poetry, rock climbing or taking a selfie in one of our National Parks. They also suggest you post pictures or videos on social media using the hashtag #FindYourPark.

Click here to find the complete list of all 99 ideas.

Here’s some examples of ways to celebrate:

Enjoy the spectacular views at Golden Gate Bridge National Recreation Area.

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Spot wildlife at sunrise at Canaveral National Seashore.

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Swim with the manatee at Crystal River National Wildlife Refugee.

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Follow the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail from the Missouri River

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to the Pacific Coast.

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Hug a tree at Kings Canyon or Sequoia National Parks. (Or just relax on the stump of one of the trees.)

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Take a late night walk through the National Mall and Memorial Parks.

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Take a selfie at Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.

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How will you #FindYourPark?

Thanks to Meghan, Jonathan, and John for allowing me to post their pictures.