The first place winners of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) history month essay contest were announced in February.
This year’s topics were, “Celebrating a Century: America’s National Parks” for grades 5-8 and “Technology’s Impact on the Voyage of Christopher Columbus” for grades 9-12.
Below is the essay written by sixth-grade winner Kristen Bouington
Celebrating a Century: America’s National Parks
Acadia National Park
By Kristen Bouington
Faith Christian School
On the ride to Acadia National Park my dad tells us some information about the park we are going to.
“Acadia, one of the smallest national parks, is an island in Maine. It was established as a national park in 1916 with completely donated land. There are over 2,225,000 visitors per year. Acadia has much wildlife, with 270 species of birds, white-tailed deer, black bears, beavers, harbor seals and red foxes. We will have lots of fund. I can’t wait to get there.”
After checking into our hotel we head out for our first day at Acadia. I have to admit I am skeptical about how much fun this will be. As we drive in, my dad shows our pass.
Mom decides to start off with the Wild Gardens of Acadia. As we walk around I notice how beautiful the flowers are. I hear water and bird calls. It feels very tranquil.
After the gardens we go to the Nature Center. I immediately think of a museum because of all the displays. Although it seems like a boring place at first glance, it is actually sort of cool. All the information is interesting.
Instead of taking the trail by the Nature Center we go to the Abbe Museum. It also reminds me of a museum. We go ijn, and I find the exhibits are very interesting. When we finish walking around the museum I feel like I know a lot more about the island. My mom leads us out of the museum and back to our car. As I fall asleep, I think about how today has gone and have to admit that it was not bad.
I wake as my mother is shaking me. Groggily, I roll out of bed and get ready for the day. My family once again piles into our car, and we are off to watch the sunrise. If you to the top of Cadillac Mountain early in the morning you can be one of the first in the United States to see the sun’s rays. We are lucky we came when we did because this only happens in the winter and fall.
We drive to the top and are surprised by how many people are here despite the early hours. Gradually, a change in the sky starts to appear. I stand up and see the sun rising. All of the colors are beautiful.
Even though the sun is up we do not leave. We wait and look at the sky, enjoying the beauty. After a while we begin to pack up. Time for another day in Acadia. Around the summit is a three mile hike which we decide to take.
After the hike we head back towards our car to drive to where we wil go biking. There are over 120 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads to choose from. We decide to go to Jordan Pond Road.
It is fun to see all the kinds of wildlife on the island. We see many birds, and some deer. My dad thinks he sees a black bear off in the trees. I doubt it because a ranger told us that although they are on the island, they are rarely seen.
When we finish biking we decide to go eat at the Jordan Pond House; after all, it is the only place to get food in the park. We arrive and accept our reservation from the lady at the desk. My mom decides to sit outside and enjoy the lake. The view is spectacular and so is the food, especially the popover sundae. After we finish with our meal we decide to go back to the hotel.
At the hotel my dad walks over to me. “Wasn’t it cool to see the sunrise today?” he asks. “I found some information about Cadillac Mountain online. The mountain is s1,530 feet hight and is the highest mountain on the Atlantic coast, north of Brazil. I looked at the beaches and decided we should to go Echo Lake Beach instead of Sand Beach, which has 55 degree water even in the summer.”
I am excited for tomorrow. Hopefully I can see some seals or a humpback whale when we go swimming.
We arrive at Echo Lake Beach and begin splashing in the water. I am having so much fun that I don’t even notice the slightly cold water.
After we finish swimming, we have a picnic on the beach. Then we load our stuff into the care and head for Bass Harbor Lighthouse. On the way, my mom shares the information should found out about the lighthouse.
“It was built in 1858 and stands 56 feet above the water. It has some pretty trails that we are going to try.”
When we reach the lighthouse, I get out and look at the amazing scenery. It is quite beautiful. My family and I watch the waves lap against the rocks. We stroll down one of the trails and enjoy it very much. We finish our walk and go back to our car. It is sad that this will be our last time in Acadia.
Although I am leaving Acadia for good tomorrow I will never forget the memories my family and I have made here. Settling into our hotel room for the night I remember my feelings at the beginning of the trip. I was skeptical at first, but now that I have spent time in Acadia, I see that is not just some national park, it’s a national treasure.