Acadia National Park

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Last year my fiancé, Dave and I took Tavish, Jax and Ali on a day trip to Acadia National Park. It is a 2 and 1/2 hour drive from our house and we wanted to be at the summit of Cadillac Mountain for the 5:00 sunrise. We left our house at 2:30am.

We were glad we left early because like almost every adventure with dogs, nothing went as planned once we got there. We missed a great parking spot and had to park in the lower lot. We started walking to the summit when I realized I somehow forgot my memory card! Thankfully, Dave ran back to car to grab the card while I kept walking with the dogs.

We met back up at the summit as the sun started to rise. It was simply BEAUTIFUL! We were so grateful to be able to see the beautiful golden light to come up over the edge of the ocean. Our trip here the year before, we arrived to a very foggy sunrise. We couldn’t see anything more than a few feet in front of us. Which was beautiful in its own way and we definitely didn’t let it ruin our fun. It just made us appreciate the beauty a little more this time.

From there we headed a little ways down the mountain to our car so we could feed the dogs and let them get some energy out. They were SO HAPPY to be out of the car after the long trip!

We drove slowly around the Park Loop Road enjoying the coastal views and stopped at Thunder Hole. Dave had to hold Jax and Tavish back as they really just wanted to jump into the ocean. We were leaving Thunder Hole as the place was getting busy, continuing slowly down the Park Loop with Jax and Tavish’s heads out the window. We could hear them say with smiling faces “ohh look at those beautiful dogs!”

We knew the dogs had some energy to get out so the next stop was an off leash dog park located just outside of the park borders. South of Jordan Pond, between Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor, where Long Pond meets the ocean, you will find a hidden dog park! This land is privately owned but thanks to the Rockefeller family its made available to the public!

The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse was our last stop before heading home. Another stunning coastal dog friendly spot that you don’t want to miss if you are in the area! We walked up close to the lighthouse and then we walked around so we could see it from the rocky shore.

*Be aware, at Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse there is a long staircase that leads down to the rocky shore which can be hard for dogs after a tiring adventure. Tavish, the oldest dog was feeling a little tired after walking down and back up those stairs.

We had such a great time that we are looking forward to our trip this year when we get to bring Jasper along with the rest of us!

*Don’t forget to bring extra water & bowl for your dog as well as treats to help with energy on long adventures.

*If your walking on pavement, be aware of how hot it is and if its too hot for your dog.

*Take a couple photos and then put your phone away so you all can enjoy the moment.

Keep reading to see photos from our trip to Acadia National Park!

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