I'm very much an "off the beaten path" kind of person when we vacation or hike.  I enjoy seclusion when we are outside and I love seeking out hidden gems when we travel.  We did see most of the major touristy spots in Acadia...Thunder Hole, Cadillac Mountain, Jordan Pond, Sand Beach, Otter Cliffs, to name some.  One of my favorite days was when set out to find The Ovens.  We geocache which has been phenomenal for finding those wonderful out of the way places that I love.  It also makes it exciting for the girls to find hidden "treasure".  So in browsing some geocaches in the area I found one at a place where there were some natural sea caves called The Ovens.  It was only accessible by foot during low tide and required a pretty good walk on rocky beach for two pairs of seven year old legs.  The girls collected A LOT of rocks here and tons of sea glass.  Who doesn't love sparkly colorful beach stones?  Most likely the person hauling them home.  We made up stories about going to find pirate treasure along the way and practiced skipping stones.  Finally we found caves and the geocache.  Not long after we arrived we started hearing distant thunder and the sky turned angry.  We had a long slow walk back and by this point in our vacation the girls were weary and counting fresh blisters.  We heaved the girls up on our backs and hauled them and their rock collections back out to the truck.  Easily one of the best ways to say goodbye to Maine.  We dreamed of our next trip up there the whole way home.

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