One favorite walk, among many at Acadia National Park, is Beech Mountain. Several trails access the mountain, so the walk is always varied. The views from the summit are expansive. The fire tower adds interest. And it can be quick and easy.
I kept the latter thought in mind when, at my mom’s 70th birthday party, I said, “let’s go for a walk in the park.” Mother was always willing to go on an adventure, so we hopped in the car. After parking and starting up the trail, she turned to me: “Are we climbing a mountain? I can’t do that!” I replied that slow and easy would be the approach, we could turn back any time she wished. Of course, we went to the top, and we were both very proud. I still am.
Images and text by Bruce Jacobson, unless otherwise credited. Jacobson’s work and the header photo at Beech Cliffs by Dorothy Helen Phillips (1961) are licensed under Creative Commons 4.0 International License—Attribution-ShareAlike.
Beech Mountain trail map notations by Joe Braun, “Beech Mountain (Beech Mountain Loop, Valley Trail)” at Joe’s Guide to Acadia National Park (www.citrusmilo.com/acadiaguide/ : accessed 02 Jul 2019), used by permission.
Video of Beech Mountain panorama by Margaret Scheid, rights reserved.