This summer we went to Acadia National Park in Maine for our merit trip. Usually we go somewhere super special each year for the scouts that have contributed all year round. After a long drive up to Maine in our cars we reached the campground and relaxed for the rest of they day. Over the course of 5 days we saw many cool things and visited many cool places. One of the interesting sites was a place on the beach called the Thunderhole, where you could hear a loud booming sound coming from an underwater cave if it was low tide. We also went on a couple hikes in Acadia, the first one was on a mountain that had rungs on the side to help us climb up to the top. Afterwards we visited the nearby beach and swam for a while. The second hike took us to the Penobscot Summit, which was probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. We saw many interesting pieces of wildlife and we even got to swim in a lake near the top of the mountain. The boardwalk that we took near the bottom of the mountain also led us around a gorgeous lake view. Besides hiking and swimming, we were also fortunate enough to be able to take a kayaking tour and a cruise around the harbor. We got to learn about all the islands near the shore and why they had such interesting names. Half of them were named after porcupines! The rest of the time we got to spend time wandering around the town and going into various tourist shops. Our favorite being a trinket shop called Jekyll and Hyde.