Nestled in the coastline of northern Maine, Acadia National Park is one of the most renowned scenic areas in the state. These trips will camp in group camping facilities with bathhouses and easy access to more “creature comforts,” however all participants still sleep in tents and cook on camping stoves, ensuring that you will still receive a true outdoor experince.
Days in Acadia are spent either day hiking, exploring the local town of Bar Harbor, or hanging out at the beach. While the itineraries vary year to year based on the leaders and group interests, typical hikes might include a walk up Beehive mountain or even a sunrise hike of Cadillac Mountain. Nights are spent hanging out around the campfire playing games, talking with you new classmates, and cooking s’mores.
Every year we typically send three trips to Acadia national park. While they do camp in somewhat close proximity to one another, for the most part the trips stay separate in order to maintain the small group dynamic the AESOP prides itself on.
Like all other base camping trips, the Acadia AESOP is designed to be lower-intensity and is ideal for those who are excited about AESOP and being in the outdoors, but who might be less comfortable with a higher-level trip.
*Acadia I, II, III & IV share similar itineraries, but are run as separate trips.
Name: Lucy “Luc-Goose” Brennan
Hometown: The LLBean boot in Freeport
Height: 5 inches taller than her mom, she’s got good genes, they must belong to her dad
Weight: Well this is getting weird
Major: Hugging trees and saving bees, making this earth more environmentally friendly
Minor: Shakira Shakira, more commonly known as a lil’ Español baby
Interests: Whacking some tennis balls around on the court, hitting the great outdoors, taking a dip in a fresh watering hole, making punny jokes, flashing her pearly whites/ smiling!
Outdoor experience: Conquered South American hikes, sails the high sees below Cadillac Mountain, weathered Katahdin’s weather, kills Acadia for two months every summer, and knows every nook and cranny of the park
Name: Matt Neckes (the original sexy sax man)
Hometown: JOB = just outside of Boston
Height: Tall enough to reach the bar
Weight: Light enough to scamper gracefully up large trees
Major: Rhetoric also known as the art of persuasion (no really thats a major, and it is also why you are being persuaded to come on this trip right now, though you don’t know it yet)
Minor: Español. Más vale ser cabeza de ratón que cola de león (famous spanish saying that translates to: It is better to be a mouse’s head than a lion’s tail).
Interests: Playin in the water, jumpin outta planes, bikes, mountains, jam sessions, speaking in spanish, omelettes, good conversation
Outdoor experience: Tromping around in the Patagonia wilderness, rafting the grand canyon, adventures in the Northeast