It Makes Perfical Logical Sense

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After living out of my trusty duffel and backpack in a cabin in the woods with twelve 3rd-5th graders (and amazing co-workers), it’s time to return to the world of laptops and libraries. Tomorrow I head off to school in Wisconsin again after a blissful four days in what my cousin calls a Valhalla–Mount Desert Island in Maine. With it’s lake-filled valleys, rail-like pines, and dramatic cliffs plummeting into the Atlantic, Acadia National Park could easily be the landscape of a Norse myth. 

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A view of Somes Sound

I really love places. Sometimes I love them more than people. And this island is one of the places I love most in the world.

Why Mount Desert Island is Great:

1. It humbles you. I was in a stinky grumpy mood while hiking above Somes Sound with my cousin, mom, and sister. It was the result of too many car hours, sleep in a Quality Inn, and negative side of my personality. About three miles into the hike while traversing a slope that lead steeply down to the sea, a rock gave way under me and I tumbled off the side of the trail toward the water. Luckily a tree stopped my fall, but I had a few scrapes and bruises on my hands and legs which remained for the rest of the trip. As much as the fall disoriented me, it also realigned my attitude. I lightened up.

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Echo Lake

2. Water is everywhere. That line of murky blue that knits together the ocean and the air. Sinking down through clear pond water midway through a hike. Walking through sea waves with the taste of salt on your lips. Little fish nibbling your toes as you rest them on the rocks of a depthless lake. Mermaids have it good.

3. Lovely Inhabitants. We were shopping in downtown Bar Harbor on a Sunday night and we were in some outdoor sporting good store (typical Clarke family). After finding Chinese rice paddy hats made from a strange foam and decorated in tie-dye designs, laughing hysterically said hats, trying them on, and finally taking pictures in the window with them, I found a dragonfly. It was buzzing against the window trying to escape the consumer frenzy inside. I gingerly grabbed it by a wing and brought it to the doorstep of the store where I let it go. Watching it zoom off into the sky, a guy walking by looked surprised. “You’re a wizard!” he said to me and kept walking. Best compliment ever, hands down. There’s cool people afoot in Maine.

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My cousin and my sister in the front seat  of the Volkswagen as we drive Park Loop Road.

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