Week 25 – Acadia National Park to Neversink, NY

Day 169 – Acadia

We woke up Sunday morning to blue skies, a perfect day to explore more of Acadia National Park. We started with a steep but relatively short hike up the southeast ridge trail of Pemetic Mountain, then down the northwest ridge to complete the loop through The Bubbles and down the west side of Jordan Pond.

After the hikes, we returned to the campground for a late lunch and a little rest. Then we got cleaned up for an evening in Bar Harbor, where we explored the town and had a nice seafood dinner.

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Week 24 – Baxter State Park to Acadia National Park

Day 162 – Baxter State Park 

Our original plan for Sunday was to hike to the summit of Maine’s tallest peak, Katahdin. Unfortunately, we had a few issues. Only one trail to the summit was within our comfort zone and we didn’t realize that reservations for a parking spot were required (which we likely wouldn’t have gotten anyway as non-residents). Also, after a really tough hike just seven days ago, neither of us was fully ready for another big climb.

So instead, we ended up doing 2 shorter hikes to waterfalls along the final stretch of the Appalachian Trail. The first hike took us to Katahdin Stream Falls, and while the second led to the Little and Big Niagra Falls.

On our way back to the campground, we ate a late lunch on the shore of Togue Pond just outside the park. Then, we headed back to enjoy the views of Millinocket Lake from our campsite on the shore. Around dinner, another Westy pulled into the campground, owned by a really great guy from NH who was going to be summiting Katahdin the next day.

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Week 23 – Mt. Washington to Baxter State Park, Maine

Day 155 – Mt. Washington

Sunday was a big day, as we took on probably the toughest hike we’ve ever done, climbing Mount Washington in New Hampshire. We had to pack up the van drive about ten miles to the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trailhead.  We were greeted in the parking lot with a positive sign, another Westy (complete with “WESTY” license plates just like our old ones)!
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Week 22 – Southern Adirondack Pines to Mt. Washington

Day 148 – Southern Adirondack Pines to Smugglers Notch State Park

Sunday was a travel day, with a fairly long drive, but we had time for Tracey to make a special treat: a big breakfast before heading out. We also had time for a very nice chat with the owners of the campground, definitely the nicest owners we’ve met yet.

Eventually, we hit the road and headed east for Vermont, our 25th state on this trip. It was a very pretty drive and definitely got us excited about the next few days. Our one chore for the day was a stop at the grocery store before continuing to the campground in Smugglers Notch State Park near Stowe.

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Week 20 – Waterloo to Erie

Day 134 – Waterloo to Bowling Green 

While we originally planned on skipping Indiana, we woke up Sunday morning and decided we’d drive a little out of our way to at least spend a couple of hours and make it our 21st state. We ate lunch in Angola, then headed south to Butler before heading east into our 22nd state, Ohio. We spent the night in Bowling Green to rest up for a busy week.
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Week 19 – Traverse City to Waterloo

Day 127 – Traverse City

On Sunday, we decided to explore the Old Mission Peninsula, a 22-mile long strip of land with farms, vineyards and beaches. Our first stop was 2 Lads, where Tracey did her first wine tasting of the day. Then we continued on to make lunch in the Westy at the Mission Point Light House. We actually met a super nice family there from Wisconsin who had a 1980 Westy, one of the first ever built.
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Week 18 – Van Riper State Park to Traverse City

Day 120 – Van Riper State Park
As we usually do, we planned a hike for our Sunday activity. Van Riper didn’t have a ton of hiking trails, but we did find a trail leading to an overlook above the Peshekee River. Like a lot of hikes in this part of the country, bugs were a bit of an issue, but we got some exercise and a few nice views from the trail.

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Week 17 – Kieler, WI to Van Riper State Park (MI)

Day 113 – Kieler, WI

On Sunday morning, it was time for another long walk. Our campground was situated about four miles east of the Mississippi River, so we decided to walk down to see how much larger the river had become since we last saw it in Minnesota. We expected a walk though the Wisconsin prairie, but after leaving the campground, the road descended to follow a couple of streams in deep, forested ravines down to the river. It was a nice hike, and it was amazing to see how huge the river was compared to when we walked it on rocks at the headwaters.

After the long hike, we relaxed and enjoyed the afternoon and an amazing sunset at the campground.
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Week 16 – Sioux Falls to Kieler, WI

Day 106 – Sioux Falls to Omaha

On Sunday, we had scheduled one of our longer drives, so we packed up early and headed south into Nebraska. Our destination was Omaha, where Judy (Tracey’s coworker from Mercy Corps) now lives. After checking into the hotel and unwinding a bit from the drive, we met Judy for dinner at the Granite City Brewery and then called it a night.
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