This summer my husband and I took a trip up to New England. It was basically a driving tour of New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont. We started our journey in New York and by the time we were done we drove around thousand miles over a two-week time span. Our trip focused on both the coastal areas of Maine and New Hampshire as well as the inland mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont. One of my most favorite and most memorable locales was Acadia National Park in Maine. I had never witnessed such scenery before in my life. The contrast between the rising evergreen trees and granite-covered mountains with the ocean in the backdrop was simply amazing.
During our 4-day stay in Acadia we took several driving tours of the park and we went on some excellent hikes. If you ask me hiking is the best way to get real feel for Acadia. We went on a breath-taking hike of Cadillac Mountain to view the sunset. If there is one hike that you’re going to do in Acadia I highly recommend this one. The vistas and panoramas from the top ridges of the mountain were phenomenal.
The way the sun glazed off the water and rocks it created this amazing palette of colors. There were a couple of times while we were hiking that it felt like we were one another planet. The only complaint I had during our hike was my feet. I know this has nothing to do with Acadia National Park it is more a personal issue.
Actually it was an issue that could have been prevented all together. You see when we were leaving for our trip my husband told me to make sure I brought my hiking boots along. I neglected to do so thinking that my good ole cross trainers would give me more then enough support for the day hikes that were going to tackle. Boy was I wrong. My cross trainers may have been okay for light hiking but they were no match for some of the difficult terrain we took on. My husband was having no problems at all because he was wearing his comfortable hiking boots. On the other hand I was struggling over the rocks and rough trail surfaces. My ankles were all wobbly, the soles of my feet were aching and my toes were crying from all the times they got bumped against the rocks. If I had only listened to my husband then none of this would have happened. Luckily for me my husband has some weird 6th sense and he knew I would forget to pack my hiking boots. So before we left our house he saw that I left them behind and figured he would pack them in the car just in case.
Well needless to say I was extremely grateful for his kindness and foresight. Because after we left Acadia National Park we headed over to New Hampshire and our next hiking location. We were planning on driving up Mt. Washington and hitting some of the summit trails while we were up there. My husband said that since most of the hiking that day would be going down the side of the mountain I should wear my hiking boots this time. My aching feet did not argue and I gladly accepted his advice. Boy oh boy was I thanking him over and over again for packing my Ahnu hiking boots. These are my third pair of footwear from Ahnu (I literally live in Ahnu Yoga Flex.) and they really are comfortable and very supportive. Not only did they offer great support around the ankles but also the soles of the Ahnu hiking boots gripped the trail well. There were many large and small rocks that we had to traverse and these boots kept my feet steady and firmly planted to the ground.
With the great planning of my husband and the comfort and support of my Ahnu Hiking boots the rest of our journey was relatively pain free. Well almost completely pain free. During one of our later hikes by a waterfall not too far from the base of Mt. Washington I strained my right shoulder. I’m pretty sure it was from the shifting weight of my backpack. That injury made me wonder if Ahnu the company that makes my hiking boots also makes backpacks. Well if they did I would certainly buy them.
Disclosure: I received the sample of hiking boots. Regardless I was not obligated to mention them or write anything positive. The stories and opinions are mine and I only recommend products that I love and use personally.