Finding ourselves smack dab in the middle of autumn with schedules going haywire and commitments growing, we wanted to make sure we got in at least one more trip to Acadia before winter. I’ve always loved Maine in the Fall and figured a bit of leaf peeping was just the way to play out our trips to Acadia National Park for the year. I asked a ranger for the best trails to take with kids to see leaves and he recommended any of the carriage trails, and loop. We opted for the carriage trail right off the visitor’s center parking lot. It went by Witches Hole and a giant bridge where you could walk down steps to get to the stream below it. It was a tad long for Julian and we ended up giving into our “no piggy back ride” rule toward the end.
The boys saw a snake. I ran. They went up to it for selfies.
Julian adorably started collecting acorns at the beginning of our trek. Within the first 15 minutes he filled his pockets with close to 25 of those things. They kept falling out of his pockets as he walked and he would have to stop and pick them up. Our two mile hike took us four hours with all the stops. Luckily there was plenty to look at on the way.
We’ve had so much fun exploring Acadia National Park during these warm months. Julian has definitely gotten Derek and I up and moving more this half of the year then we have ever before. It’s been amazing watching him explore and his curiosity grow as well as ours! Us adults! We’ve made a ton of great memories that I’ll hold onto.
On the drive out of town we saw many “closed for the season” and “come again next time” signs. It felt fitting since it will most likely be our last trip out there this year. It also felt completed. We’ve done more hiking and exploring this past summer then any before and it feels good to have opened up that bottle of exploration and put the cap on our Acadia adventures until next Spring.