All posts by Dolores Kong & Dan Ring

Dolores Kong & Dan Ring

About Dolores Kong & Dan Ring

Dolores Kong and Dan Ring are co-authors of the Falcon guides Hiking Acadia National Park and Best Easy Day Hikes Acadia National Park, and also blog at acadiaonmymind.com. They’ve backpacked the 270-plus miles of the Appalachian Trail in Maine, and are members of the Northeast 111 Club, having hiked all major peaks of the Northeast. Dolores, a former staff reporter at The Boston Globe, is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional and senior vice president with Winslow, Evans & Crocker, Inc. (member of FINRA/SIPC) in Boston. Dan, a journalist and former Statehouse bureau chief in Boston for the old Ottaway News Service and for The Republican, the daily newspaper for Springfield, Mass, is also an operations professional with Winslow, Evans & Crocker, Inc. (member of FINRA/SIPC), in Boston. They are married and live outside Boston.

Mixed views on vehicle reservation system at Acadia National Park

A trial run of the Acadia National Park vehicle reservation system received mixed reactions from visitors, with some cheering the new requirement for reducing traffic congestion and making it easier to access Cadillac and Sand Beach and others criticizing it as too heavy-handed. Under the pilot, which started Oct.1 and ends Sunday, Oct. 18, vehicle […]

Maine Strong! Virtual race with medals aids MDI, Millinocket

With businesses and non-profits hurt and tourism down from Mount Desert Island to Millinocket, a new Acadia to Katahdin Virtual Race links people from around the world in support of the regions, behind the rallying cry of Maine Strong! Featuring fundraising for area charities, a special “Maine Strong” award with sparkly ribbon, and support of […]

Rash of Acadia National Park vandalism: Illegal blazes, painted rocks

As many as 50 illegal spray-painted blazes marred Champlain North Ridge Trail this summer, and a host of similar off-color marks have been found elsewhere in Acadia National Park. Among other recent acts of vandalism taking away from the visitor experience and violating park rules: Painted rocks being hidden for others to find and share on social media; face masks and dog poop bags littering hiking trails; Bates-style cairns knocked over; and rocks randomly stacked.

Acadia hiking accident new ordeal for New York nurses

Kerrie Molloy and John Candela visited Bar Harbor last month to unwind after working on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic in New York, but the longtime nurses instead faced a new crisis in a horrifying Acadia hiking accident while descending Pemetic Mountain. Molloy suffered three broken ribs, a punctured lung and fractured bones when […]

Acadia hiking boosted by new historic rock steps, innovation and lights

The Valley Cove Trail is set to soon reopen for a summer Acadia hiking season for the first time in five years, following an extensive rehabilitation that gives new life to the historically important trail along Somes Sound. The Acadia trails crew also did major work on Kurt Diederich’s Climb, Beachcroft Path, Seaside Path and around Bass Harbor Head Light, keeping the more than 155 miles of historic Acadia hiking trails in shape for the millions of visitors in coming years. Find out how your favorite trail has been improved, or learn about a new one you’ve yet to explore.

Acadia during the pandemic: crowds, hiker rescues and no camping

It’s almost like there’s no pandemic, judging by the latest news out of Acadia: Traffic closed the road to Cadillac, injured hikers needed to be rescued, and cars waited 20 minutes to get through the Sand Beach entrance station. And the park still plans a trial run of a new vehicle reservation system in October. But plans to open Blackwoods and Schoodic Woods on Aug. 1 are off the table, with all Acadia campgrounds not opening this year – all sure signs of the impact of COVID-19.

Scenes from Acadia National Park during the pandemic: masks, closures, delays

Do you have to wear a mask everytime you go out in public in Maine, whether to hike the trails of Acadia National Park or walk Main Street in Bar Harbor? Why are the park’s picnic areas at Thompson Island and Bear Brook closed? When will the park campgrounds open? Is the Island Explorer running? These and other FAQs answered in the latest installment of “A view from Bubble Rock,” to help plan your visit to Acadia National Park during the pandemic.

Maine quarantine, virus testing cancel Acadia vacation plans

A leading business group says Bar Harbor faces a “catastrophic closing of businesses” and a tourism season that is “all but lost”  after a spate of new lodging cancellations caused by the Maine quarantine order and other tough new restrictions on out-of-state visitors this summer. Joining the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce in its criticism, the Bar Harbor Town Council also sent a letter to Gov. Janet Mills, citing a 90 percent drop in business and town parking revenue. Acadia amid COVID-19: Another in a series

Maine quarantine order rocks Acadia vacations, life on MDI

For frequent Acadia visitors like Deni Farr and Mount Desert Island lodging operators like Kristin Hutchins, Maine’s 14-day quarantine order has upended life as usual. Acadia opened June 1 with rangers wearing face masks and providing info under an open-air tent, but visitors and business owners await Gov. Janet Mills’s final plan this week to boost tourism. Acadia amid COVID-19: Another in a series

Acadia National Park during the pandemic: Masks, isolation, limited services

Acadia National Park opens the Park Loop Road to traffic today, Jordan Pond House offers takeout, and rangers wear face masks while helping visitors in open-air tents. But park passes must be purchased online and printed out ahead of time, as they won’t be on sale on-site until June 8. Carriage roads won’t open until June 5, but only for pedestrians. Acadia amid COVID-19: First in a series