100 pictures of Acadia National Park, to celebrate the first 100 days of the 2nd century

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then 100 pictures of Acadia National Park is worth 100,000 words – or maybe 1 million, since we are talking about Acadia! Today is 100 days since the park’s 100th anniversary on July 8, when we first began posting pictures of Acadia National Park, one a day in celebration of the […]

And they’re off! Global field of racers start MDI virtual runs


The virtual starting pistol has just sounded for the first-ever virtual running of the Mount Desert Island Marathon and Half. Racer BenJammin has pulled out in front, Dbawn is not too far behind, and a field of nearly 100 racers from around the world, from Australia to New Mexico, is in pursuit. It’s not too […]

On your marks! ‘Princesses,’ ‘witch’ join first MDI virtual runs to help Acadia


Racers with fun names like Incaprincess, SkiPrincess, TrailWitch and Sanity Clause – some hailing from as far away as Australia, Texas and New Mexico – are lining up at the start for the first-ever virtual runs of the Mount Desert Island Marathon and Half, to help raise funds for Acadia. The virtual gun goes off […]

Waldron’s Warriors: Volunteer foot soldiers for Acadia hiking trails


On weekdays, Tim Henderson is a computer repairman. Come the weekend, he’s a Waldron’s Warrior, part of an army of volunteers battling vandalism of Acadia hiking trails, and teaching people about the park’s unique stone trail markers known as Bates cairns. Officially, Ellen Dohmen chairs the Bar Harbor appeals board and serves on the advisory […]

Acadia fall foliage just one highlight of rest of Centennial year


The days are shorter, the nights chillier, and Acadia fall foliage is getting ready to put on its spectacular color show. The season to visit Acadia National Park has been gradually getting longer, and this year, Centennial events promise to make the fall – and even winter – busier than ever. With about 100 days left in the […]

Running in Acadia National Park a real and virtual delight

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Scaling the Goat Trail and jumping off low rock ledges, Kristy Sharp discovered a new loop over the weekend for running in Acadia National Park, along Norumbega Mountain. “Not one of my usual routes but it will likely go on my rotation. It was great!!” said Sharp, a certified personal trainer in Southwest Harbor, in […]

Ties that bind Acadia and new Maine Woods national monument


BAR HARBOR – Pulled up to town at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, because we just had to be in Acadia on the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, to celebrate the park and the new Maine Woods national monument inspired by it. As we hiked the trails of Acadia throughout the day, wishing strangers “Happy […]

School spirit and the Orange and Black Path in Acadia National Park

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One in a series of historic hiking trail highlights in honor of the Acadia Centennial When Princeton professor Rudolph E. Brunnow designed this intricate path up the east face of Champlain in the early 1900s, he was apparently as passionate about the trail as his university, since he named it after his school’s colors. In honor […]

First-ever virtual running of MDI Marathon to mark Acadia Centennial

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For the first time ever, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Acadia National Park, runners and walkers anywhere in the world can join virtual runs of the Mount Desert Island Marathon and Half Marathon, and earn a special Acadia Centennial Medallion. The MDI Marathon and Half Marathon – Acadia100 Virtual Edition is a special […]

New Acadia National Park hiking group open to all


AT LOW TIDE ON THE SAND BAR TO BAR ISLAND – If not for their shared passion for Acadia National Park hiking trails, these very different people might never have met: A teacher, a ranger, a park volunteer, a personal trainer and a blogger. Here they were, hiking together as a group for the first […]