Oh Shenandoah

It’s been a warmer year than usual and autumn colors are slow to show themselves. Visiting Shenandoah National Park in my perennial trip with my hiking friends from the Mountain Club of Maryland, I brought a photographer friend and we arrived early to enjoy the scenery. My true reason for visiting was to climb the…

Graffiti in Paris

It just dawned on me that I never did finish sharing my wonderful experiences that I had in Paris earlier in the year. And so, we will leave the great outdoors and head back to the City of Love. Graffiti is a growing artistic trend in urban settings, and there are now world renowned graffiti…

Lovely Along the Water

At long last I have returned to continue my adventures on Mount Desert Island. It seems that regular life keeps getting in my way, and I get side tracked and distracted all day long. By the time the evening arrives, I’m bleary eyed and ready to just rest to prepare for a new day. Shortly…

Scenic Nature Cruise from Bar Harbor

A true adventurer follows their own path, and in doing so they manage to leave the masses and discover the natural and serene scenes not often seen. My visit to Mount Desert Island in Maine was intentionally designed to avoid the tourist traps and crowds and enjoy the island as a local. That’s not to…

Indian Point Blagden Preserve

The scent of balsam fir, and the flute sounds of the Swainson’s thrush grace my footsteps as I walk down the trail in Indian Point Blagden Preserve on Mount Desert Island, Maine. This moss-filled forest that leads to Western Bay was donated to the Nature Conservancy in 1968 by Donald and Zelina Blagden. The 110…

My Stars in Acadia National Park

With the growth of industrialization and human population over the planet, the ability to find a dark sky is becoming even harder and harder. To think that many children are now growing up and aren’t able to see the night sky filled with stars and planets like some of us that had the privilege to…

Cranberry Cove Ferry

The coastal towns of Maine are dependent on life on the water. With many small islands dotted close to each other, the daily commute involves not a car but a boat. Traveling from Southwest Harbor the Cranberry Cove Ferry is one of the ways one can travel to and fro to the Cranberry Islands. Starting…

Beech Cliffs Ladder Trail

The trails in Acadia National Park are numerous and offer a variety of settings and challenges for the day hiker. One of these features I had heard about are the Ladder Trails. The more popular ones are the Precipice and the Bee Hive trails, but there are also two more, Dorr Mountain Ladder Trail and…

Lower Hadlock Pond Trail

It’s been quite a while since I’ve been on the trail, and most certainly when I can take my time instead of the power walking, long distance hiking that my 70 year old friend likes to take me on. While I still have plenty of wonderful Parisian experiences to share, we’re going to travel to…