I’m Blaming Acadia

20150629_100640Every week we have 3 days free from work to play, and on each of those days I wake up with my stomach in knots and my mind racing. Why? I’m completely blaming Acadia. Yes, I’m blaming it all on Acadia National Park.

You see, we are purposefully traveling the country very slowly, choosing a place to live and work for around 3-6 months at a time so that we can truly get to know it, see everything there is to see there, make some real friends and such. So when we got a job this summer on Mount Desert Island in Maine, I thought we would easily be able to see everything in the 108 square miles during the 5+ months we were scheduled to stay. But now, with half of that time already gone, I’m starting to panic, realizing that it’s just not possible. Acadia National Park isn’t a place where one goes and sees it all in one day – one week – or even one month. It’s also not where one goes to see the same thing over and over again. Between the mountains, lakes, beaches, ocean views, forests, islands, gardens, and ranger led programs, it seems that somehow there is more to do and see here than any one person can do and see in one summer. And it’s all completely gorgeous. Around every corner there’s something new and different, something completely breathtaking, and although I know our little photos taken with an old smartphone can’t even begin to display the beauty of it, I’m sharing them anyway. Maybe it will at least make you curious enough to come up and see it for yourselves.

I truly know why we keep meeting people who say, “I’ve been coming here every summer for the past 20 years or more.” At first I honestly thought they just didn’t have much creativity for vacation planning, but now I’m realizing more and more they should blame Acadia too. It’s really difficult to explain, like it’s almost too good to be true, like we’ve found an alternate reality or something. The beauty overwhelms us. Places like this remind me of Eugene Peterson’s translation, “…can you imagine the breathtaking recovery life makes, sovereign life, in those who grasp with both hands this wildly extravagant life-gift, this grand setting-everything-right, that the one man Jesus Christ provides?” (from Romans 5, THE MESSAGE) It’s exhilarating to experience something so new and magnificent and realize there’s even more out there this world over, and that none of it compares to what awaits us.

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