The troop is off to Acadia National Park in about two hours. (8am)
Acadia is the oldest national park East of the Mississippi, and it's one of the more unusual ones. Almost entirely on Mount Desert Island, the park itself was once the private playground of the idle rich.
John D. Rockefeller and his robber-baron friends once rode around the island on a private carriage road system - financed by Rockefeller himself, and their palatial "cottages" still dot the landscape. But it's the natural beauty that's the true highlight - much of the island is pink granite, and it's dramatically eroded and rugged. There's mountains there, but only New England 'mountains'. The tallest of them is Cadillac Mountain at a mere 1,528 feet. But it's the tallest mountain directly on the seacoast. Because of how far north it is, and the altitude, most days it's the first place in the continental United States to see sunlight.
Acadia is celebrating 100 years as a national park this year. Like most national parks, it's a national treasure - but remember its roots. Rockefeller and his robber-baron friends...instead of keeping it an exclusive community, they decided that it should belong to all of us and they essentially gifted it to the United States of America.
Imagine Trump doing that with Michelle's Cove.