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    2018 Acadia National Park Rally, Schedule UPDATES! 7/9/18

    PLEASE DO NOT POST RESERVATIONS TO THIS THREAD. Please post your reservations to the 2018 Acadia Rally thread.

    This thread is for information only!

    Thank you!!

    Arrival, Day 1. Sunday: Welcome! Meet and Greet campfire 7pm, snacks and drinks. Bring something to share if you wish. I will have ready for you brochures, maps, instructions to help get those unfamiliar with the area to major attractions through-out the park. Tuesday will be the Little Cranberry Island Tour. Please sign up in the thread found in the North East Region Rallies sub forum. It’s gonna be a great week!

    Day 2. Monday: Day to be Determined, North Atlantic Brewing Company Tour and Bar Harbor Winery tours.

    Day 3 Tuesday
    - Little Cranberry island Tour, Leaves Northeast Harbor at 10am sharp. Leave Smugglers Den Campground at 0915.
    - First Annual Montana 5th Wheel RV Rovers Beer Tasting competition! There will be a $5.00 entry fee. Bring your favorite beer from your region.
    - Participate in a blind taste test and pick the winner! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.
    -Meet at the Rally Tent at 7pm. 21 and older only. Remaining beer may be shared at the campfire, donated to a worthy individual or claimed after the competition.
    - Wine and Cheese tasting at the rally tent! Bring your favorite wine for sharing! Details to follow!

    Day 4. Wednesday:
    - Pot Luck and Group Photo. Pot luck to be held at Smugglers Den Group area and Stage located near the office.
    - Bring an App, a main dish, a dessert, enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet of culinary concoctions from our members! I will be collecting for the Big Seafood Dinner on Friday. Please make sure you see me!

    Day 5, Thursday, What to do, What to do!!

    Day 6. Friday Join The Cadillac Mount Sunrise club! Meet at the entrance to the campground at 04:15 am. Yes, for you military types that is Zero Dark Thirty, for others it’s ”Are You Kidding me?!” early! Drive together to Cadillac Mountain to see the Sunrise from the highest, most eastern point on the east coast. You will be the first to see the sunrise in the continental US. Always beautiful, this should not be missed. Bring a thermos of coffee or warm beverage, blanket, and warm clothing. 5:30pm Join us at Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes for a B.S.D! Big Seafood Dinner of course! Let’s get together for a traditional New England feast. Fresh Lobster, Clams, Mussels, Corn on the cob, coleslaw, and desserts. If you have allergies, please let us know! Cost will be $36 per person, Steak, Vegetable Skewers or Haddock available for those who cannot do shell fish! Join us back at the campground for a campfire, stories and adventures had!

    Day 7, Saturday Our rally is starting to wind down! Time to make those last stops, check the boxes! One more lobster? One more Hike?

    Day 8 Departure Day! Oh so sorry to see you go! Wishing you all Safe Travels, a relaxing trip home! Till we meet again!

    This is an updated Post!! this thread will be used to highlight some of the area activities that are available to do as a group, as a couple, or by your lonesome! This may allow you to do some pre planning and also to coordinate with others that may want to do a particular tour or activity. If you have questions, please feel free to ask. You can also select any of the items listed below and look at them on line. Most of what follows here is from personal experience over the 5 visits we have made to Acadia.

    I will tell you now that you will find that there simply is not enough time to do everything you want to do. The more you look the more there is to see and experience. Hence, our 6th trip! This may be one of a few trips you will make.

    This isn’t my first rodeo! Tina and I have been the Rally Masters for a couple of the Acadia trips that we have done with different groups. We have hosted several others as well. Verily we have done more than a few rallies! We have found that they are not very hard, and getting the preliminaries out of the way, the rally kind of runs itself! That being said, I have also Rally Mastered a group of first timers to Acadia. It was like herding cats! People were everywhere, doing everything imaginable! Everyone had a great time, but any sort of structure went right out the window! You know what? That is okay! The goal here is for you to come up to Maine, enjoy a great vacation and leave feeling that you have just had a wonderful experience! That is what matters most!

    Schedule. I do have a routine, and previous experience has shown that it works well for most everyone. There isn’t a lot of structure, however! This is a different group, too! If there is something more that you would like to see in planning, please share! I will be more than happy to schedule things to do.

    Rally Tent. I will have at my site a 10'x20' tent set up with a couple of picnic tables. Additionally there will be a "White Board" hung inside the tent. This board will be available for you to use to write down things that you are doing that others may be interested in doing with you. Additionally it acts as a central place to pick and choose tours, drives, hikes, what-have-you and to get information on the Rally schedule.

    Food, Fuel, Services: Another reason for this campground is its proximity to services that you may need. To the right of the campground, ¼ mile, is a grocery store. Not a big one, but it will have most all of what you might need. Continuing from the grocery store, ½ mile from the campground is a gas station. It cannot accommodate an RV in tow. Gas/Diesel and Convenience Store. Enter down town Southwest Harbor. Pharmacy, Hardware, Library, Post Office, restaurants, Ice Cream, and a variety of shops.

    Trolley service to the campground is every 30 minutes during the day. The trolley can get you to most places on the island very cheaply, including the park loop road and Acadia National Park visitor’s center. So, depending on what you are doing, no need to drive!

    Church Lady Pies: Warning! You may see a sign on the side of the road outside of a church in Somesville that says: Pies, WED, Noon… Resist temptation! Ask me why!

    Getting to Bar Harbor and the Park Loop Road: From Smugglers Den Campground, make a left hand turn heading to Somesville on Main street. At the lights in Somesville, make a right hand turn onto Sound Dr. your next turn is left onto Eagle Lake RD. After going under the Stone Arched bridge on Eagle Lake RD, make a left hand turn onto the park loop road, or stay straight to head into Bar Harbor. If heading in the direction of the PLR, where the road splits, proceed left for the Park Loop road and Cadillac Mountain, or straight to go to the Visitors center.

    Traffic: Be advised that traffic on the Park Loop Road and Cadillac Mountain can be heavy. Especially if a cruise ship is in port. Planning to start your day early will help you avoid the heaviest of traffic. Additionally the National Park Service is looking at controlling the amount of traffic as it has become an issue during peak season. Our Rally is in close proximity to school starting. Peak visitation is beginning to waiver at this time. Areas with the most congestion are: Cadillac Mountain, Thunder Hole on the Park Loop Road, Sand Beach on the Park Loop Road, Jordan Pond on the Park Loop Road. Road side parking at Carriage Trail entrances and Down town Bar Harbor can also be very congested.

    Parking. We know places to park! If you are headed to Bar Harbor, park loop road, or other locations, ask us about places to go. We do know of several less known, but convenient places where you will usually find a place to park.

    Carriage trails. Great for bike riding, carriage rides, and walking.

    Tours: One of our favorites is a boat tour to Little Cranberry Island out of Northeast Harbor. There are also Whale Watch Tours, Puffin and Seal tours, and even Lobster Boat tours from Bar Harbor and surrounding harbors! The Mary Todd is a four masted Schooner that also offers tours out of Bar Harbor. There are many narrated tours available to choose from. Prices vary. We have done several and may be able to provide input.

    Hiking: Easy, moderate, Challenging, Beautiful, breathtaking. There is a hike for everyone. Whether you are a hard core hiker or a novice, there are trails and walks that are simply beautiful and you should do at least one! A friend from another forum, his screen name is Acadia Hiker, finally after 12 years checked off the last trail in Acadia that he hiked. Another friend, Ann Clapper, staff member at Bass Harbor Campground, 10 years to do them all. She has since started over. Right out of the back of Smugglers Den is one of Acadia’s trails. It brings you to the beach on Echo Lake and to the Cliff Trails, and to the summit of Beach Mountain. Beach Mountain Fire Tower is visible from the back side of Smugglers Den

    NOTE: If you are prone to sea-sickness, and want to do whale watching, or some of the other boat tours, bring the appropriate medication! Those with Motion Sickness know that you take the meds or put the patch on a day or so before. The sea state is usually pretty calm but there are those days where there is a good bit of chop. This is especially important for those who want to do Whale Watching. These boats, although not small, do go out to sea several miles and can be subject to some pitching and rolling.

    Sight Seeing. No matter what road or destination you choose in the area you will be greeted by many beautiful vistas, run into the things that make Maine what it is. Rocky coasts, small villages, shops, museums, working boats, sail, power and motor yachts. You will find out of the way places off the beaten track. Indeed there is much more than the main attractions found on the Park Loop road. Plan on taking time to explore! A map of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park are available nearly everywhere you go.
    Last edited by Egregg57; 08-13-2018, 08:05 AM.
    Fifth Wheel: 2015 Montana 3750FL Tow Vehicle: 2013 Ford F350 6.7L Lariat, Crew Cab. Eric and Tina

    Thanks for all you've put into this. You've given us a lot to consider. Still interested but not yet committed.
    Linda Say
    Van Wert, Ohio

    2013 Montana 3800RE
    2015 Dodge Ram Dually Diesel


      We are definitely planning on attending, Unless we hear otherwise, we will call the campground on Sunday 8/27/17 to reserve a site and pay our deposit. The ~$200 deposit is less than the cost of the bourbon I've drunk while researching this rally and Maine in general. Should be a lot of fun and we are looking forward to it.
      Jim Abernathy
      Holly Springs, NC
      2014 Ram 3500 Laramie® 4x2 diesel dually crew-cab 3.73 axle, Reese R20
      2014 Montana 3402RL, Level UP, G614's, TST 507, Voyger Wireless Backup camera


        I am certain you will not be disappointed. We are also waiting for that 1pm hour on Sunday, too!
        Fifth Wheel: 2015 Montana 3750FL Tow Vehicle: 2013 Ford F350 6.7L Lariat, Crew Cab. Eric and Tina


          Sounds fantastic!


            Please keep reservation posts on this other thread for ease of viewing and trying to keep track of everything.

            Go here for posting about reservation -
            Scott L.
            2012 Ram 3500 Dually LongHorn
            2014 3402RL Legacy Edition


              was able to get us a reservation for the rally. Sesko / lot 72
              Len&Eileen Sesko


                UPDATE! Due to filling reservations for boat tours The little Cranberry Island tour has been scheduled for Tuesday, 21 August leaving Northeast Harbor at 10 am. Depart Smugglers Den Campground at 0915. 20% discount per person, cost after discount: Adults = $25.00 ea, Seniors = $24.00.

                I will need to collect this PRIOR to departure to Northeast Harbor. Please see me Sunday, or Monday!

                Rain Date is Thursday, 23 August 10am. Hope to see you there!! It's gonna be great!

                Fifth Wheel: 2015 Montana 3750FL Tow Vehicle: 2013 Ford F350 6.7L Lariat, Crew Cab. Eric and Tina