I thought I would take a moment and briefly mention one of the things that separates Acadia National Park from others. That is, the Island Explorer bus system. After reading about other National Parks and how secluded they are from civilization, I began to be thankful for the accessiblity of where I work. The Island Explorer, through several grants and donations from big companies like L.L. Bean, runs all over Mount Desert Island. So, even though you are living and working inside a National Park, the bus stops every half hour and there are routes that can take you almost anywhere you want to go. So, you can get off of work, grab the bus and ride in to town and then when you are done with your shopping you can just hop back on and ride back "home". Plus, they are propane-powered so no nasty emissions. And they're FREE!! That's right - FREE! Think about it! AND, they have bike racks on the front and back so you make extensive use of the miles and miles of biking trails as well as carriage roads build by John Rockefeller. It really is paradise for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. So, come and visit - or better yet, come and work!

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Comment by Sarah A on March 22, 2008 at 11:45pm
Acadia is an amazing park. I went to school up around the Bangor/Brewer area and ever year my family and I would go down to Acadia and get lobster and fresh steamers. Then we would walk it all off at Acadia and Mount Desert Island. If you want to get the best lobster go to Trenton Bridge lobster pound. It is really small and right on the water. trust me it is the best. My father who still lives in the Bangor area still goes there every summer.

You also be surprised that the Maine coast is very rocky, but there is one beach within the park. It's really small and the water is cold but hey it's a beach. Hope you have a great summer. I'm sure you'll love it.
Comment by Jeremiah on March 22, 2008 at 2:21pm
I can just imagine! With my amiable nature, I would end up taking shopping lists for 20 other people...lol
Comment by Jason S. on March 22, 2008 at 2:10pm
It is tough where I am at Mount Rushmore, its 25 miles to town which isnt bad, unless you are carless. They try to take a van full of people shopping every week or two, but 100 people in the dorm and a 15 person van doesnt always work so well....
Comment by Jeremiah on March 22, 2008 at 1:58pm
I think you're right. Seems as though I read something about that starting back in 2000. I wish it were more common. :)
Comment by Jason S. on March 22, 2008 at 1:35pm
Sounds great! I think Zion National Park in Utah has a similar set up. I need to look more into those kinds of places for 2009.

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