Intellectual conversation is a wavelength of human interaction that I have grown to truly appreciate. I have been pleasantly surprised by nearly continuous conversation regarding the modern societal status-quo and the issues within such a system.
Austin and I moseyed into Bar Harbor late one night in search of some internet access. We entered The Independent Cafe spilling cold rain onto the hardwood floor. Tyler, behind the counter, inquires about our journey and to our awe we find that he recently concluded a year long van trip in New Zealand! He gave us some great tips for the island and after a few days of interaction at The Independent, invited us on a hike. To our surprise he even offered us some beds in his grandmother’s house where he spent his childhood summers!
This connection with the Acadian expert and fellow van dweller lead to meeting some amazing people on the island.
Tyler’s boss and friend, Tim, owns the Independent Cafe and is a warm hearted intellectual. His appreciation for adventure, ideas for future change, and knowledge of political philosophy fueled an amazing night of discourse in the little town that locals have dubbed “Sleepy Harbor.”
Finally, I would like to cheers to Jessie who not only summitted the infamous Beehive hike in Acadia National Park and was successful on her first camping/ hiking adventures, but who also challenged our thoughts and ideas throughout our time together.
These three, along with some others, created an unforgettable experience in Acadia. Not only did Austin and I get the opportunity to hone in some vital trad skills in a beautiful national park, but we were also able to connect with some truly wonderful people.
To Tyler, Tim, and Jessie; thank you for your open arms, sincere interest, and general willingness to discuss the world we live in!
In anticipation of Austin’s analysis of Acadia, here are a few pictures from our time climbing on the island! Enjoy!