It has been a while since I’ve blogged, although I have been interning at the Olmsted Center since last summer. There have been many projects that I’ve been involved in since then, but I thought I’d share my most recent visit to Acadia with you. It was incredible, as always!
During my week in Acadia, I teamed up with @pcselby and Nick @nmshanno of the SUNY ESF Field School to inventory several trails including the Emery Path and the Kurt Diedrich Trail.
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We used tools to measure the distance of trails and mapped existing and new features, such as steps, checks, stone paving, coping, and retaining walls. We saw incredible views like this..
..and like this on the Emery Trail. It isn’t exactly the worst way to spend your work day. I basically got to measure a mountain, and how many people can say that?!
This place is so incredible that even the parts of the trails that had issues were picturesque.
I always did enjoy finding the tallest thing and climbing to the top! We encountered a culvert that essentially created a waterfall off the mountain side. I thought that was a nice spot to take a break. (:
Here’s part of the trails team again @nmshanno @pcselby measuring the Emery.
Interns testing a new camera.
Gary explains the basics about the shop and generally makes us love Acadia even more–although I’m unsure as to how this is possible..
Brad from the Acadia Trails Crew measures out and stencils letters before routing trail signs. He’s so nice! He’s going to make us an Olmsted Center sign for our office!
Here are a few he’s already made for the park.
Gary and Heather lead the field team down the Asticou Trail.
Something that we do quite often at the Olmsted Center is match up historic site photos with present day images. It is a really powerful tool when trying to preserve historic landscapes.
Look at how bright and shiny our interns are in the rain as they stand over a new stone bridge along the Asticou.
More rain and a brief discussion with Chris about how to get your construction crews invested in maintaining the integrity of a cultural resource by finding out what they’re personally invested in. Apparently, one crew liked to fish and talked about it quite often. What they didn’t know is that debris from their site was making its way into a nearby stream and was impacting the fish there. When the crew was told that there were fish in the pond and the construction was damaging the habitat, they didn’t believe there were actually fish because they hadn’t seen them. So, Chris asked a biologist to shock the pond and the crew was surprised to find that the biologist had captured 34 large fish going through the stream. From then on, the crew was more than happy to hand lay things and was exceedingly careful not to damage the resource. No task was too large if it meant protecting the fish.
After the rainy hike, we spent some time in the archives. Above is a French map of the region. We had some good finds!
Pictured here is Fred Olmsted pushing off into the water. And below is an image of George Dorr, the father of Acadia, in Anemone Cave.
Pictured above is the Tarn. After we hiked and measured the Diedrich Trail on the third day, we stopped at the Tarn. It was gorgeous. Yes, I did sit here for a bit.
Margie worked diligently all week long to capture the Trails Crew and Field team working on the trails in an effort to create an educational trails video that explains proper trail building techniques.
I snuck off to get a view of Sand Beach..
Right before leaving, we found one of Eliot’s signs that he designed for the park. The interns are a nice addition, I think.
Thanks for sharing my Acadia experience!