It was 104 years ago today that then President Woodrow Wilson signed the legislation that would create the National Park Service.

Back then folks could either walk, ride a horse, or watch a Model T struggle up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain. Now it's hard to find a parking place on the summit, or on certain days on the road up for that matter.

Yes, things have changed over the years, but the birth date of the National Park Service has not, and every birthday grants free admission to America's National Parks, including Acadia.

So today may be the day to skip work and head to either the Island or to the Schoodic Peninsula for a little sight seeing and maybe a picnic.  Day, week and annual Park passes are not needed today, the gates are open.

Enjoy the Park Loop Road on Mount Desert Island, one of the most scenic roads in the country.  Stop by Sand Beach or Thunder Hole, walk one of the many trails and carriage roads, or watch the sunset from the summit of Cadillac Mountain.

Then there's Schoodic Point!  Enjoy a picnic at Fraser Point, walk the new trails and bike paths there, and then stand on the rocks as the waves crash and pound into them.

Remember, fees go back into effect tomorrow, so take advantage of today. Face it, it's a much better day than being at work.

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