Water sites at the beautiful Mount Desert Campground in Acadia National Park are not easy to come by. When you see how gorgeous the views are, it isn’t hard to see why. For this reason, and in order to make sure we got a good site this year, we decided to make our reservation as early as we could. As you can see from the above photograph from this time last year when we had Sam with us, we were lucky to have absolutely spectacular weather, but this year… not so good 😦
The afternoon and evening weren’t so bad… cool and damp but definitely doable. On Friday we enjoyed a nice late afternoon hike on Beech Mountain before heading into Bar Harbor for the obligatory Rosalie’s Pizza and Ben and Bill’s ice cream… seriously good. The forecast had called for some steady rain and possibly thunderstorms through the night and into the morning though, so we were prepared for the worst. We did get a nice roaring camp fire going as the light faded, and when we tucked into the tent to read a little more Harry Potter by lantern, we were all quite cozy.
There is something soothing about the pitter-patter of raindrops on a tent, and it wasn’t long after nightfall that we were treated to the rhythmic song of gentle rain on the fly sheet and light wind swaying the tall pines. Thanks to Lori’s superior tent-staking skills, the new tent stood up admirably, and despite the rolling thunder and heavier rains that arrived with the dawn (along with a brisk 50 degrees), we made it through the night dry and rested, ready to tackle the remainder of the weekend.