Our daughter Lindsey, and grandkids Cameron and Sadie out for a walk at Baxter Conservation Area south of Ottawa, Ontario. Photo taken by Ruth October 26 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Osgoode, Ontario, Canada. Just south of Ottawa.

And where are they going next? We leave November 1st for a six week trip to Romania and Moldova.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Seawall Campground, Acadia National Park

What a great day we had yesterday. Perfect weather. An excellent morning hike. A nice afternoon bike ride. Cold beer. Each other.

We got up early yesterday and drove to the parking area for the Acadia Mountain hiking trail. This is a popular trail despite it being rated as "strenuous". When we drove by here the other afternoon, the parking lot was over full. So we wanted to avoid the crowds. We started the trail at 7:30am, and there were only two or three other cars in the parking lot.

And it really was a strenuous trail. Having said that, anybody could do it, but those in not very good shape would just have to do it slowly with a lot of rest breaks. There are quite a few areas of rocks to clamber up, and a beautiful view at the top. Plus, unlike the Canadian national parks, these trails have not been made accessible by park staff using ATV's. Of course we don't know if that's the case at all U.S. national parks, but it was the case here. We had a lot of fun on this trail, and we only met two other people, and there were no bugs. This is one of the best trails we have ever been on, and we rate it 9.0 out of 10.

Ruth, enjoying the view

Both of us enjoying the view

Ruth, on the trail. We just came down those rocks.

It's only a 2.5 mile (4.0 kms) hike but it took us almost two hours. Of course we stopped to enjoy the view several times, and it is pretty slow going at times climbing up and down rocks. We had left Whiskey behind to guard Sherman, and arrived back to the campground around 9:30am where we relaxed for the rest of the morning.

Took the bikes out in the afternoon. We did a 7 mile (12 km) loop that took us from the campground to the village of Bass Harbor and back to the campground on an old fire road. Then we relaxed and I puttered around a couple of things on the motorhome and Ruth sat and read her book.

Sherman, camped out at Seawall Campground, Acadia National Park.

But we left early again this morning to avoid the traffic and crowds. Not sure where we'll end up tonight, although I have sent a request to a Harvest Hosts winery to see if we can park there for tonight. Another beautiful sunny day!


  1. Wow what a great place and love the pictures. Can't wait to see where we go next with you.

  2. great header shot!!..what a nice view!!!

  3. Sounds like a wonderful day, great scenery, no bugs, good weather, cold beer and each other. What more can you ask for?

  4. Great views. We hope to be in the area in a month or so.

  5. Lookin' good Sherman!


  6. Sighhh!!! I wish I could, I wish I could!...But soon!

  7. Great header post! Isn't life on the road amazing!

  8. trails like that one are exactly the kind I am looking for and exactly why we retired early enough to be able to enjoy the "strenuous" trails... can the park you are in now accommodate a 37 footer?

  9. Love the pictures. Brings back memories. We did that hike with our kids when we were there. One of them actually blew out the side of their tennis shoes during the hike which prompted us all to get hiking boots. It was one of the first National Parks we took them to, and we've hiked in many others since then. I'm so glad you could enjoy it!

  10. Kenny and Angela...There are more adventures in store!

    Sue and Doug...Thank you.

    George and Suzie...Can't ask for anything more. We love our life!

    Chuck and Anneke...Thanks and we are sure you will love the area.


    trkdrivinfool...You will.

    Margie and Roger...Thank you! We love life on the road.

    heyduke50...The actual park campgrounds will only take units up to 35' in length and 11'8" in height although it could probably take a 37', to us the height was more a restriction. There are a lot of low tree branches. There are a good number of private campgrounds/RV resorts all in the Bar Harbor area so you wouldn't have a problem getting into one, depending on the time of year you might need a reservation though. We really loved that trail, lots of fun to hike on.

    Kevin and Evelyn...I can see blowing out the side of a tennis shoe. There sure was lots of stress on our hikers coming down. We had to stop once and tie them up tighter as they worked themselves loose. It is a beautiful park and we would love to come back in a few years time, but not during the summer, it was just too busy for us. Glad we could help with the memories.

    Kevin, Ruth and Whiskey


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