The next stop in our National Park journey was Acadia National Park.Acadia has been at the top of our list for the past few years.We originally had reservations the summer 2013, but were called back to Florida early.This time around Andrew and I thought we’d avoid the summer crowds by waiting until after Labor Day when schools were back in session.Our reason for picking October was see the full moon from the top of Cadillac Mountain.I thought for sure it would be the perfect quiet time to visit.I was wrong.I left out one part of my great equation to Acadia solitude…the leaves.We arrived in time for peak colors.While it was absolutely beautiful, it extremely busy around Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia and Bar Harbor.Cruise ships lined the waters and people flooded the streets.
We didn’t let the crowds slow us down.We filled our time exploring the island and Acadia, while spending a little quality time visiting family and friends.Andrew’s aunt and uncle met us for nine days; and some Airstream friends, Dianne and Duane, happened to be in the area too.It was great news for us that Mount Desert Island was pet friendly for trails (except ladder and rung trails), towns and boat rides, so Ame got to enjoy the island also.
Some of our adventures included hiking the sand bar out to Bar Island and the rocky cliffs along Park Loop Road, taking a Schooner ride around Frenchman Bay and sampling various lobster themed foods.A couple of days we enjoyed a few longer hikes around Eagle Lake and Cadillac Mountain.We even experienced our great views of October’s full moon from Cadillac.Acadia became another notch in our quintessential autumn tour.
No trip to New England is complete without a long weekend visit to see my cousin, Jenn, in Nashua, New Hampshire.This year we actually made two visits to Jenn’s.One in October and another in November.
The first weekend was beginning of vibrant leaf colors.During our stay, we managed to enjoy a walk through one of Nashua’s city parks, Mine Fall Park.This stroll offered us some beautiful water reflective views of the colorful leaves, serene spots to enjoy nature, crazy informative signs (see photos), and playful puppies.Another day we attempted a trip into Salem, MA, only to realize our foolishness when we arrived and couldn’t find a single parking spot.For anyone wanting to visit Salem, do not attempt during the month of October, which brings out every kitschy tourist interested in the witch trials.However, we did managed to enjoy a tasty ice cream treat at Dairy Witch, located on the outskirts of town.
Our second weekend to Nashua was quiet and restful.We came to town to celebrate Jenn and her husband, Tim’s birthdays.While most of our time was spent walking the neighborhood, enjoying the abnormably warm weather, Jenn, Andrew and I did manage to make a trip into Lowell, MA to enjoy the perfect fall food, ramen, at Ramen 1981.
Continuing with Andrew’s introduction to a New England fall, I reserved a week at Scusset State Beach Campground in the northern part of Cape Cod.While most of our days were used to explore the Sandwich area beaches, which are all dog friendly after September, we did manage to get in a few days of sightseeing.One day we drove along Rte 6 and 6A down to Provincetown.We managed to enjoy some beautiful beach views, quintessential colonial homes and unique little gift shops, along our route.By far my favorite stop in the area was the Edward Gorey Museum in Yarmouth.He was best known for his books and illustration that demonstrated the darker side to his Victorian-Edwardian fusion backdrops, such as The Gashlycrumb Tinies where an alphabet of children meet their untimely demise (poor Leo swallowed tacks, Fanny was sucked dry by leaches and Nevilled died of boredom).