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This Month in Acadia
These images and text highlight current programs, events, and scenery occurring in Acadia.
December 30, 2011 - The weather has been windy and cool after a brief snowstorm and then rain. Much of the snow was washed away in the rain, but the lake edges are still frozen and snow and ice cover much of the higher elevations. Skiing and snowmobiling has been put on hold for now, but the trails and carriage roads are accessible by foot. Dress warmly for wind and cold, wear study shoes, and watch for icy surfaces. Visit Temporary Closures for updated information on park access and Winter Activities for maps and information on winter activities in Acadia.
December 17, 2011 - Acadia held an open house at the Jordan Pond Gate Lodge on Saturday, December 17th, from 10am to 2pm, during which about 250 visitors dropped in and explored the lodge. Events included; presentations on the history of the gate lodge and the granite used in its construction, a walking tour, and a stone cutting demonstration. For the news release and more details visit Open House at Jordan Pond Gate Lodge.
December 8, 2011 - The Carroll Homestead is quiet now, but it's easy to imagine the hard work of an early homesteading life in Maine. In the shade of old apple trees, you'll find piles of rough rock, remnants of wooden fencing, and open spaces that were once occupied with livestock and buildings. The house still stands and is open to the public during the summer months, showcasing presentations about homesteading in Maine. The gate is closed for the winter, at the entrance along Route 102, but you can access the site on foot.
December 6, 2011 - It often rains in Acadia during the early winter, but the Ocean Drive along the Park Loop Road is open as weather and safety permits. The Ocean Path meanders along the Ocean Drive and the seashore, from Sand Beach to Otter Point, and can be accessed along most of its route. The clouds may cover the views of the mountains, but the rythmic atmosphere of splashing waves, dropping rain, and the shuffle of feet on gravel and rock exposes the dynamic nature of the landscape.
December 2, 2011 - A quiet morning at Sand Beach, the first stop along the Ocean Drive portion of the Park Loop Road. Hikers crossed the beach to the Great Head Trail, leaving footprints in the sand. The rhythm of the ocean waves and the warmth of the sun offered a brief respite from the cooler weather of early winter.
November 27, 2011 - Hiking Acadia's carriage roads during the winter months of the year offers unhindered winter views of the surrounding hills and streams. The leaves have fallen and the views widen. During the early winter months, the snows fall and occasionally melt, allowing easy passage along trails and carriage roads. Dress warmly and wear sturdy, water-proof footwear, the area is still damp and windy.
November 25, 2011 - A beaver pond along Duck Brook Road is still and clear on a partly sunny day. The beaver den and surrounding landscape was recently coated with snowfall. The beavers are active throughout the winter gathering food and exploring the quiet landscape.
November 23, 2011 - A snow storm arrived at Acadia Park Headquarters on the day before Thanksgiving, causing a temporary closure of park roads. The Winter Visitor Center at park headquarters was also closed for the afternoon to allow employees to travel home safely. The Visitor Center and the Ocean Drive portion of the Park Loop Road was re-opened on November 25th.
November 5, 2011 - University of Maine students and their crew leader pose for a team photo on a carriage road, along Eagle Lake. During this year's annual Take Pride in Acadia Day, volunteer leaf-rakers cleaned out carriage road drainage ways to help prepare a portion of Acadia's 44 miles of historic carriage roads for winter. This is an annual event co-sponsored by Friends of Acadia. For more information about volunteering in Acadia contact the Acadia Volunteer Coordinator at (207)288-8716.
Last updated: March 31, 2012