Revisiting a Favorite Place

Brooding sky at Acadia National Park near Thunder Hole, 2009 (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

23 September 2022

Today we’re in Maine for a week-long return to a favorite place.

For 36 years starting in 1983 we visited Acadia National Park every September, only missing two years in all that time. But now it’s 2022 and we haven’t been back since 2018.

The ocean, mountains and lakes will be the same.

Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park, 7 Sep 2016 (photo by Kate St. John)
Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park, 7 Sep 2016 (photo by Kate St. John)

But some things will be different.

Maple leaves turning red, Acadia National Park, Sept 2018 (photo by Kate St. John)

We’ll be surprised by the changes to businesses, buildings and people we haven’t seen for four years though my husband and I have changed, too. We’ll notice our own changes when we pass by difficult trails we won’t climb anymore. Fortunately there are plenty of easy trails we’ve never walked because we thought they were “too easy” 30 years ago.

Tomorrow we’ll re-experience a hurricane passing offshore when Hurricane Fiona generates high surf and high winds on its way to Nova Scotia. Many things are memorable.

(photos from Wikimedia Commons and by Kate St. John)

7 thoughts on “Revisiting a Favorite Place

  1. Looking at your pictures of Thunder Hole and knowing a hurricane is near, the best time to go see Thunder Hole is at half high tide when the waves generated by the hurricane are rolling in. If you put Thunder Hole into your favorite search engine for images you can find pictures where the observation spots are completely flooded.

    In the length of time you have been visiting MDI, have you noticed major changes in the foliage (especially the trees) as a result of them filling in for the vegetation lost due to the “Great Fire” of 1949(?).

    1. The only thing we’ve noticed about the 1949 fire is that the trees which has already grown back by 1983 have gotten older. Bigger changes are year to year with drought or flood.

  2. Have a wonderful time Kate. I know you will enjoy every minute. Looking forward to reading about your experiences when you get back!

  3. So nice to be able to get away and visit a favorite and familiar location. Enjoy those “easy” trails. Who knows what you’ll discover traversing them. We’ll be anxiously awaiting your photos of flora and fauna. Enjoy your vacation.

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