About a year ago my family took a vacation to Bar Harbor, Maine. Bar Harbor is a small tourist town close to Bangor, Maine; it sits on Mt Dessert Island on the East side of Maine. The island is made mostly of the Acadia National Park, and is why so many people come to visit the small town.
My family was in Bar Harbor for seven days. We stayed at the Bar Harbor Regency Holiday Inn, a wonderful hotel that sat on the water and over looked the Harbor. We went whale watching at the Bar Harbor Whale Watching Company, where we saw Puffins and six whales. We also went kayaking at the Maine State Sea Kayak, and saw seals basking in the sun.
Most of our vacation we spent biking in Acadia National Park. We rented our bikes from the Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop, and the staff jumped out of their seats to help us. They even gave us the best routes to cycle.
We rode over one hundred and twenty five miles in only four days. My sister and I are swimmers and were in great shape, but we were exhausted every night. Our last day was the toughest.
We started out like every other ride through the beautiful park, which sadly, was an up hill climb to the park from the town. That day we decided to explore and ride where we hadn’t been. We quickly realized that our route was uphill. At the next trail intersection there was a route called “Around Mountain”. We thought we were climbing up a mountain and by taking the new trail, we would avoid going up and could instead, go around it. We were dead wrong.
We had just been on the foothills of the mountain, but believed we were on the actual mountain. The new route took us straight up the second highest peak in the park, Around Mountain.
My parents quickly rode ahead of us, and my sister and I were left to encourage each other. Every time I told her to “keep it up”, I was saying it to myself. We started to sing “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain” to keep our minds off our burning calfs and thighs. Periodically, we would see riders sailing down. They told us we were almost at the top. We finally reached the top, and were able to fly down the other side.
That bike ride was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done, but it taught me so many things.
I learned I can push myself more than I thought. I’m a strong person and to just put my mind over matter, and I can accomplish so much. It also taught me never to give up. Giving up wouldn’t have been as much fun. It would have been easier, but I wouldn’t have learned what I know about myself now. Also bike ride taught me was everything has a reward. At first I thought the reward was being able to go down the Mountain after climbing up it, but that wasn’t the real reward. My real reward is the knowledge that I can do anything I set my mind to.
The trip was a blast! It was the best vacation I’ve had! Bar Harbor, Maine is the prettiest place I’ve ever visited. The people in the town were kind and friendly. I have memories that will last forever, and I learned a life lesson I will never forget. I can’t wait to go back and ride up Cadillac Mountain!
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