Mount Dessert Island, Maine

After a bit of ruminating about where to go from Kennebunk we decided north was a good choice. After making a couple of phone calls we decided on Mount Desert Island Campground, near Acadia National Park. The choice was made relatively easy because when we called the National Park about campsites at Sewall they were unable to tell us what might be available. Not wanting to take a chance on having to backtrack to some unknown destination we selected a nice wooded site near the water that had the advantage of have 20 amp electric service and water. We have solar but it is always a treat to have water and power, especially since the forecast is unfortunately for overcast and rain for the next two days. Solar is great when the sun shines but it can be tough staying powered up on cloudy days.

We arrived at Mount Desert and were greeted by the most friendly staff who gave us a map and sent us off to our site. We arrived to a level and wooded site just a few steps from the shore and the bath house. They chose well. Our truck and slide in camper are 21 feet long but when we made our reservation we told them our size and they said not to worry, they had sites we could fit into.

Another great benefit of this location is excellent cell service. We have an elderly parent at home and several management and construction projects to keep track of so being able to keep in touch is both a blessing and a curse. I have had several calls about our church restoration project while on the road so keeping in touch can be handy even if it takes away from “vacation” time.

We have had Acadia on our bucket list for a while so getting here has been a treat. While we are not in the national park, we are close by. We chose not to dismount the camper because we planned to be here for just a couple of nights but after arriving we have decided to extend for 3 more days because it is so pleasant and so accessible. But because we only reserved this site for a couple of days we will have to move to another site on Friday. We will be making a list of sites we like for future reference. This is a place we could come back to annually, as long as we arrive before “peak season”, when our dogs would no longer be welcome. According to management most of the best sites are already booked for the summer but because we are here in “off season” we and our dogs are welcome and there are many wonderful and vacant sites to be had.

A sample of campsites – and this is just a sample. Many sit on bluffs looking over the water.

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