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Watch Your Step: A Hike on the Precipice Trail in Acadia National Park | Trailmix, the L.L. Bean blog

L.L. Bean and Acadia National Park are truly Maine fixtures. And I’m becoming a fan of the L.L. Bean blog.

Our Employee Outing Club takes dozens of trips every year – everything from skiing and snowshoeing in the winter to hiking, paddling and camping in the summer. A recent trip took a group of L.L.Bean employees up the Precipice Trail in Acadia National Park, where a steep and rocky hike led them to picturesque views of Down East Maine. The Precipice Trail is the most challenging hike in the park and only recommended for experienced hikers who aren’t afraid of heights! These L.L.Bean employees were ready for the challenge.

Read more of this entry in the L.L. Bean blog and see some great photos of Acadia National Park.

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Maine’s Acadia National Park celebrates park week | Bangor Daily News

Maine’s Acadia National Park celebrates park week | Bangor Daily News

Burt’s Bees founder wants to donate national park | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Burt’s Bees founder wants to donate national park | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Fall hikes immerse you in nature’s wonders | Bangor Daily News

Fall hikes immerse you in nature’s wonders | Bangor Daily News.

Tropical storm Earl swipes Maine no more than a glancing blow | Bangor Daily News

Tropical storm Earl swipes Maine no more than a glancing blow | Bangor Daily News.

Maine stuff in my California apartment No. 10 – hearing ‘Acadia’

Scan of a CD by Jim Chappell inspired by Maine's Acadia National Park.

Today’s photos – scans really – are of a CD cover and a couple of pages from the accompanying booklet. It is an instrumental CD by Jim Chappell that came out in 1996, I believe, and was inspired by Acadia National Park.

The CD, of course, is called “Acadia.”

My mother gave me the CD as a gift many years ago. I don’t recall if it was a birthday gift or a Christmas gift or just a gift from out the blue. Moms do that from time to time, give gifts for no reason at all.

The music is very soothing, relaxing and comfortable to listen to – piano, violins, cello, French horn, flute, that sort of thing. It’s not Radiohead or The White Stripes, but not everything has to be.

The CD had been lost among other CDs on a bookshelf that I recently went through. I’m listening to the CD at the very moment that I am writing this entry and I’ll very probably hit replay once it plays through.

Part of the booklet reads:

“The quiet solitude of the deep woods … the rumbling roar of surf crashing on the rocky coast of Maine … the silent sweep of a falcon high above a shimmering lake and the whelping sound of seals on tiny inlets. This is Acadia National Park. It is a meeting of mountain and valley, forest and meadow, ocean and land in a symphonic splash of salt, spray and foam. It is sunrise from the glacier-flattened top of Cadillac Mountain, bathing the sea and nearby cliffs with a caress of soft pink and gold as lighthouses flash like fireflies from the surrounding headlands.”

Scan of one of the pages from a booklet that came with the CD by Jim Chappell.

It’s been a very long time since I’ve been to Acadia National Park, but that passage hits it pretty well on the head. I don’t recall the part of “lighthouses flash like fireflies,” but it was a pretty long time ago. It is Maine, after all, with lighthouses on nearly every other coastal bluff.

The CD carries song titles that will be familiar to those who have visited Acadia National Park: “Cadillac Mountain,” “The Carriage Road,” “Southwest Harbor,” “Long Pond Canoe,” “The Loop Road,” and “Jordan Pond,” among others.

Scan of another page from a booklet that came with the CD "Acadia" by Jim Chappell. The CD was inspired by Acadia National Park.

For total disclosure, I am again stretching the whole Maine-stuff-in-my-California-apartment thing with this entry. The album was inspired by Acadia National Park as Chappell spent a week hiking around Acadia and humming into a cassette recorder – remember, this was in 1996 and it was a little early for digital recorders – the melodies that became “Acadia.” But the booklet indicates the music was recorded in California – Sebastopol and San Anselmo. Let’s just agree that it is Maine-inspired stuff in my California apartment.

I tracked down what seems to be Jim Chappell’s official website, where you can find more information about the guy and order his music. Apparently, he’s still at it and his latest CD is being released later this month.

The booklet also mentions Friends of Acadia, a nonprofit organization working to preserve Acadia National Park. According to the booklet, 15 percent of the profits from the sale of the CD go to the group. Donations to Friends of Acadia can be made by mailing them to the group at 43 Cottage Street, P.O. Box 45, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609. There’s also information about the park, how to join Friends of Acadia, and more on its website.

This is an occasional multipart series of photos of things related to Maine that can be found in Keith Michaud’s California apartment. All photos in this series are shot by and are the property of Keith Michaud.

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Obamas leave Maine coast after busy weekend getaway | Bangor Daily News

Obamas leave Maine coast after busy weekend getaway | Bangor Daily News

Obama family continues vacation in Vacationland

Visitors, locals upbeat during Obama family visit | Bangor Daily News

Obama family spends active day on MDI | Bangor Daily News

Obamas continue busy vacation with lighthouse visit | Bangor Daily News

Some spectators find, others miss Obamas’ trail | Bangor Daily News

First family samples the way life should be | Portland Press Herald

Maine beer never made it through White House gate | Portland Press Herald

Obamas’ Maine weekend: biking and ocean views in Acadia National Park | Lewiston Sun Journal

Obama family in Maine for vacation

Obamas start vacation on MDI with bike ride | Bangor Daily News

Presidential vacations rarely go as smoothly as planned | Bangor Daily News

Maine’s ‘first’ tourists: State’s woods and waters have drawn presidents from Arthur to Bush | Bangor Daily News

Bar Harbor looks forward to Obama arrival | Bangor Daily News

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Obamas coming to Mount Desert for some RandR | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Obamas coming to Mount Desert for some R&R | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Now on iTunes: Acadia National Park | Bangor Daily News

Now on iTunes: Acadia National Park – Bangor Daily News.

Acadia park visitation up in ’09 | Bangor Daily News

Acadia park visitation up in ’09 – Bangor Daily News.

Acadia closes Beech Cliff area to protect nesting falcons | Bangor Daily News

Acadia closes Beech Cliff area to protect nesting falcons – Bangor Daily News

For more information on trail closures, visitors may call 288-3338 or go to www.nps.gov/acad.

Portland pro-gun rally gets response from foes | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Portland pro-gun rally gets response from foes | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Maine governor expected to sign bill regulating guns in parks | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Governor expected to sign bill regulating guns in parks | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Acadia firearms bill goes to Maine governor | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Acadia firearms bill goes to Baldacci | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Acadia Park slows down marine proposal | Bangor Daily News

Acadia Park slows down marine proposal – Bangor Daily News.

Gun OK may not last long in Acadia | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Gun OK may not last long in Acadia | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Advocate promotes North Woods park

Group says 3.2 million-acre preserve

would aid region as Acadia boosts coast

 

FORT KENT, Maine — There is little chance the forests and wild lands of northern Maine can ever be returned to their pristine state, but a group of conservationists sees no reason they can’t be at least partially restored and protected for generations to come.

RESTORE: The North Woods has advocated the formation of a multimillion-acre park or preserve in north central Maine since 1994, and on Friday the group’s director discussed the plan with students, faculty and guests at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

“I can’t see another place in the United States where we could even be having this discussion,” said Jym St. Pierre, RESTORE director. “We are talking about 3 million-plus acres that could be acquired without disrupting people or communities.”

The area in question has long been the center of timber and logging operations in Maine going back to the early to mid-1800s when lumber from the great northern forest produced enough raw material to help Bangor become the lumber capital of the world.

Toward the middle and end of that century, the recreational value of the vast tracts of forests began to attract the likes of Henry David Thoreau and later Theodore Roosevelt, with the railroads billing it “America’s wilderness playground.”

Click in the link for the rest of today’s story by Julia Bayly in the Bangor Daily News.

Acadia gun bill prompts lawmaker to vent – Bangor Daily News

Acadia gun bill prompts lawmaker to vent – Bangor Daily News.