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New Meetup: Acadia NP Camping, Hiking, Biking, Rock Climbing, Kayaking Lobster-feasting Trip

From: Doligo
Sent on: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 6:41 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for New York Hiking and Outdoor Adventurers!

What: Acadia NP Camping, Hiking, Biking, Rock Climbing, Kayaking Trip

When: August 29,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Acadia National Park Long Weekend Trip

The First National Park East of the Mississippi River

Rocky coastlines, granite mountains, glacial lakes and ponds, moss and evergreen, crashing waves and abundant wildlife mix with local character and seafood in this magical place. Plus it is home to only fjord in the US outside of Alaska. For more info see http://www.nps.gov/acad/

We will drive on Friday and come back on Monday Labor Day or Tuesday if you wish to skip the holiday traffic.

Camping

Seawall Campground is first-come first-serve and rarely fills. I was there last year around Labor Day and there were plenty of sites available. The fee is $20 per site per night. Campsites are limited to two tents and one vehicle at each site. Tents must fit within the site pads provided. Party size is limited to six persons per site. The party size limit may be exceeded to include one immediate family (parents and children).

Activities

Hiking
Acadia offers, IMO, the most spectacular hiking for all levels of intensity. From perpendicular wall scrambles to flat-leveled carriage roads. Most trails are on exposed granite ridges with awesome views of the ocean and surrounding islands.

Biking
You can bring your bike or rent one in town to explore the excellent network of carriage roads free of motor traffic. When you feel tired you can hop on one of the free island shuttles and mount your bike on. There is even one bike trail that goes all the up to the summit of a mountain.

Kayaking
There is an option of a guided kayak tour around the island to watch seals and other wildlife. Guided tours usually run for around $50 for half a day, and they provide you with PFD, water shoes and shuttle you to and from the boat launch area. Guided tours are recommended since they know all the tidal currents and nautical traffic etc., plus they know all the secret spots to view wildlife.

Rock climbing
There is some premier rock climbing especially sea cliff climbing to be had in Acadia. Most are accessed by cool rappelling. Guided climbs run from $70-$125 for a half-day and include all the equipment.


Other Things to Do
Swimming, shopping, visiting light houses, going to Canada on Cat ferry, ranger-led cruises, visiting old harbors with classic ship building yards, berry picking, whale-watching and much much more!

Lobster
Due to low demand, lobsters are cheap as low as $5 per pound this year - Hurray! It's also the season for the sweet soft shell ones - yummmm!

Learn more here:
http://adventurers.meetup.com/134/calendar/8586861/

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