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First Family Visits Park

Acadia National Park

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President Obama and his family visited Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park from Friday, July 16th, through Sunday morning, July 18th. On Friday, the First Family bicycled around the Witch Hole Loop section of the carriage roads, where they also enjoyed a picnic lunch. Next, they were off to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, where they were greeted by Superintendent Sheridan Steele. They hiked the loop trail around the summit, then headed into Bar Harbor for an ice cream cone and a little private time at their hotel. The First Family ended their first day’s park experience boating among the Porcupine Islands in the park’s lobster boat. That trip was cut short due to an incoming fog bank. After a morning of private time at the hotel on Saturday, the Obamas visited the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse and hiked the Ship Harbor Trail.  They spent the evening in Bar Harbor. Security and logistics for the event required the close coordination of many local agencies and the hard work and long hours of many members of the incident command team.  Seven NPS rangers from Northeast Region, one USFWS officer, and one EPA special agent were brought in to assist with the operation, which went off flawlessly. The NPS staff provided advisors in the motorcade, assisted the jump teams and advance teams, posted barricades and detours, provided security at the hotel, answered media and public inquiries, and managed visitors displaced by the rolling closures that took place during the visit.



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