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Carey Kish

Carey Kish of Mount Desert Island has been adventuring in the woods and mountains of Maine for, well, a long time. If there’s a trail—be it on dirt, rock, snow, water or pavement—he will find it, explore it, and write about it. Carey is a two-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, Registered Maine Guide, author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast, editor of the AMC Maine Mountain Guide (10th ed.), and has written a hiking & camping column for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram since 2003. Follow his outdoor travels and musings here, and on Facebook/CareyKish. Let Carey know what you think at MaineOutdoors@aol.com.

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Posted: September 24, 2014

The amazing Acadia Night Sky Festival is here once again!

Written by: Carey Kish

Inky black skies, bright white stars, incredible mountain and ocean scenery, unforgettable sights and sounds, a lifetime of all-natural oohs and ahhs… that’s the essence of the 6th annual Acadia Night Sky Festival happening Sept 25-29 on and around Mount Desert Island, the home to Acadia National Park.

For five days beginning this Thurs right through Mon morning, some 30 events will take place, each designed to showcase, educate and quiet simply amaze you under one of the largest remaining expanses of naturally dark sky east of the Mississippi River. Yep, right here on the most spectacular rocky coast of Maine, where pristine, star-filled night skies are more the rule than not. How lucky are we?

The Acadia Night Sky Festival on Mount Desert Island on Sept 25-29 celebrates the starlit skies of Downeast Maine. Image courtesy Jack Fusco Photography.

The Acadia Night Sky Festival on Mount Desert Island on Sept 25-29 celebrates the starlit skies of Downeast Maine. Image courtesy Jack Fusco Photography.

Come on up to Acadia and check out this great event and its many exhibits, presentations, films, tours, workshops and more – both indoors and outside! Bring warm clothes, and maybe make a weekend of it by camping out at Blackwoods Campground in the park or at one of the private campgrounds scattered about the island.

And while you’re here, plan on doing a good hike or two on some of the park’s 120 miles of hiking trails. Bring your mountain bike too to ride the 45 miles of historic carriage roads. And maybe strap the canoe or kayak onto the car as well for a pleasing paddle on the ocean or one of the island’s fine lakes or ponds.

Here are a couple suggestions for really good Acadia hikes from a story I wrote last fall and one from just last week, an easy hike on the Ocean Path and a strenuous ramble over the Six Peaks Circuit… “The autumn pace of an Acadia hike” and “Acadia National Park offers wonderful hikes.

MORE INFO: Acadia Night Sky FestivalAcadia National Park.

Star-filled skies by night, outstanding views along the trail by day... that's Acadia! Photo by Carey Kish.

Star-filled skies by night, outstanding views along the trail by day… that’s Acadia! Photo by Carey Kish.

 

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