Acadia National Park, Maine | Inspiration Indulgence

WELL HELLOOOOOOOO FRIENDS!!!!!!!!!

I am so excited to be back here with you! After not blogging for a week due to our East Coast road trip vacation, I can’t tell you how blog-opshere DEPRIVED I have been! The past week was so wonderful, but I have missed my early mornings with my coffee cup, laptop, and you guys!

. . . Okay, I can’t hold it in any longer… I’M ENGAGED!!!

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Where to begin.

I guess I’ll start from the beginning.

East Coast Road Trip

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Most of you who follow my blog regularly know that last week I was getting ready to leave for a cross country road-trip to the East Coast. As part of our 50 State Sign Challenge, Trevor had an East Coast road trip planned for the past six months in order for us to cross off more states off the list. (Which we did- 14 more!! Look for that blog post soon!)

We drove from Wisconsin all the way up to northern Maine and back. Our stops along our trip included (in order): Niagara Falls, Acadia National Park in northern Maine, Boston, Seaside Heights, New Jersey, and Washington D.C. It’s driving my OCD absolutely crazy that I’m choosing to blog about Day 2 of our trip before Day 1, but I don’t want to wait another second to tell you guys about the best day of my life!!

Exploring Acadia National Park, Maine

Exploring the beautiful Acadia, National Park. Read all about how I got engaged here!

I have always been dying to pay Maine a visit because I have read that the terrain is very similar to Wisconsin. The land of the Lobster did not disappoint. Everything about the land was gorgeous. The green forests, the crashing waves against the rocky coast, the smell of sea salt lingering in the air. I’ve always been a water girl. Always have, always will. Some of my best memories date back to camping in northern Wisconsin with my family on the lake and days spent out on my family’s boat. Even though I have only been to an ocean twice prior to this trip, I am absolutely drawn to everything about the ocean. The immensity of the ocean and the sea creature life fascinates me. I just love everything about it!

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We spent two nights camping in Acadia. The first day was spent setting up our camp site and exploring the scenery around us. We didn’t really prepare too well for camping, which was probably the biggest downside of our trip as a whole, but we made means with what we had! We both decided to not bring an air mattress with our tent because we already were bringing with us so many things for our other stops. I packed about 5 blankets and thought that would be sufficient. Stupid, stupid me. We ended up getting up in the middle of the night, freezing and our backs stiff from sleeping on the rocky turf. Needless to say, we slept in the car that night. Oh well. Live and learn, right! Next year, we will invest in an air mattress. And a lantern. And lighter fluid. LOL.

Our Special Day

For our second day at Acadia, Trevor planned for us to hike up Bubblers Trail to the North Bubble. According to his Google Maps research, Bubblers Point boasts a spectacular view at the top. Because the hike was only about 15 minutes, I decided to wear a light summer dress because I knew it would be a great place for us to take pictures. I’m so glad I decided to look halfway decent instead of wearing the other crappy sweats I had packed for camping! Little did I know what was coming in the near future…

When we got to the top, we enjoyed the beautiful view together.

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I asked Trevor to take a picture of me overlooking the view. (GREAT Instagram opp, obvs!!)

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He seemed to be taking forever to get a decent shot. I turned around to see what the heck was taking so long, and to my surprise, he was right behind me, down on one knee!! I don’t remember much about the actual moment because I was in shock and surprised! I just remember that his voice was super shaky as he stated, “Chelsea, I love you. Will you marry me?”

I was so caught off guard! I should have been expecting a proposal because I always knew that it would happen while traveling together, but I totally was not expecting it this early. Trevor was so nervous, I had to tell him to put the ring on my finger after I said yes! I was in such disbelief; it took me a couple of seconds to comprehend what was actually happening in the moment of the engagement. After the engagement, we hugged for what seemed like forever on top of that mountain. It was literally perfect, you guys! We had a couple hiking take the picture of us where it happened later after we had our privacy.

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I literally could not have planned a more perfect moment or time. Everything was right about it, and how I always pictured it would happen. The perfect man, doing what we love together, overlooking a beautiful scenery. Trevor did such a good job planning for this day to be special for me.

Oh, and ABOUT THAT ROCK!!!!!!!!! Trevor could not have picked a more perfect ring for me! I literally cannot stop staring at it. I feel like I don’t deserve it!

But really, it’s not about the ring OR how we got engaged. It’s the fact that the man I love asked me to marry him, and I’m going to be his wife. Although I always knew I was going to be his wife, I keep looking at my ring in disbelief. Even now, a week later, I STILL cannot believe that I am engaged! I’m beyond ecstatic to marry my best friend and create a life together. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us.

After leaving North Bubble, we spent the rest of the day at the beach! The water was freezing, but that didn’t stop us from swimming. Like I said, I’m a midwestern gal so these swimming in the ocean opportunities are limited! I often wonder if people who live by the coast take it for granted. I feel it is something I never simply could.

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Upon nightfall, we sat on the rocky coast near our campsite and watched the waves crash against the land under a bright orange moon. I couldn’t get a picture of it on my iPhone, but the scene was gorgeous. We sat together cuddling, soaking in the happiness. I just remember thinking how I wished I could freeze that moment. It was just the perfect end to a perfect day. I felt so incredibly blessed and not worthy of how perfect the day was.

Thank you so much for letting me gush my heart out to you! I was so excited to share the news with my readers! I’ll be posting more about the rest of my trip in the weeks to come. This was only one stop out of several places along the way up the coast. I have SO much to write about, and I am SOOOO excited to show you the rest of my adventures! (P.S. You can get a sneak peak and check out my vacation pics on my Instagram!)

Thanks for reading and sharing my excitement with me!

Until next time, loves!

Xoxo,

 

  • Congratulations on your engagement !

    • Chelsea

      Thank you sooo much!

  • AHHHH! I am SO excited for you, Chelsea!! What a sweet engagement story! I love that this was a complete surprise to you. :) I can’t wait to follow along with all your wedding planning adventures! Yay! Um, also that ring! Oh my goodness, it’s so gorgeous. Well done, Trevor!

    • Chelsea

      Thank you Brittany! I’m so excited to officially be engaged so I can participate in all the wedding talk that people blog about!! Thank you so much for your kind words and support. I missed you girl!! Can’t wait to catch up on your blog.

  • Shann Eva

    Congratulations!!!!! That is such a beautiful and sweet engagement story. Your ring is GORGEOUS!!!!! Glad you had such an awesome trip too.

    • Chelsea

      Thank you so much, Shann!! <3

  • AHHHHH! You two are the cutest! So sweet, Chelsea! I am beyond excited for you, as you enter into this next season of life. It’s so much fun – enjoy it. That ring is stunning!

    Also, I love Maine! I’ve never been to Acadia National Park…yet! But that’s where my little sister is actually going to school! She’s going to College of the Atlantic. I’m super jealous of the scenery she’s going to be around all of the time. I love the ocean!

    • Chelsea

      Thank you, sweetie! I was so excited to share the news with you all and to be welcomed into the scary and exciting world of wedding planning! Our date isn’t for two more years, but I’m already on top of my Pinterest game as you can probably clearly see!! I’m so excited to plan.

      I think the best part is just calling him my “fiancee” instead of my “boyfriend.”
      He was always more than just a “boyfriend” to me. (:

      And that’s so exciting! Now you can visit her all the time!!! I saw she is doing photography. How cool is that!! I wish I had time to pursue photography in addition to what I’m going to school for.

  • YAAAYYYYY! That’s so exciting! I’m so happy for you 😀 I wish you guys all the best in your wedding planning and marriage.

    Also, your pictures are incredible! I’ve loved following them on Instagram and can’t wait to read the rest of the stories behind them. Do you use a filter to get all the colors to pop like that? (If so, what is it?!) My husband and I LOVE to travel, but we haven’t gotten to as much as we would like recently because all his vacation days have been filled with obligation trips :( We’re hoping to hit up Europe next year. Somedays I wish we could just pack everything up and go explore the world for a while. …maybe someday.

    • Chelsea

      Thank you so much, Megan, you are too sweet! I’m so happy to hear you were following along on Instagram! I use an app called Aviary; I love it! I love pictures that are bright and almost distorted visually.

      I hope you two get to hit up Europe…that would be a DREAM!!!! I hear ya, girlfriend. If I was rich, I would be on the go constantly!!

  • YAY! congratulations Chels :) seriously that sounds like the most perfect proposal and I can’t WAIT to read more and more and more about this in the next few months.
    Best wishes!

    • Chelsea

      Thank you soo much girl!! That means a lot to me!!

  • Ahhh I am so excited for youuuu!! His proposal was just perfect; I’m so glad everything lined up so well to create such a special moment for you both! Congratulations!

    • Chelsea

      Thank you so much, Emily!

  • Chelsea @ The Johnsons Plus Do

    What a fun proposal story!!! Congrats! This is such an exciting time in your life. I’m popping over from the show your blog love fb group! I write about wedding planning on my blog when you’re ready to jump into that mode ! Have a blessed day.

    • Chelsea

      I’m already in that mode! heheheh 😉 Thanks for the well wishes, girl!

  • Kelly Payne

    Congratulations!!!!! And can I just say that I absolutely love your photos of Acadia National Park as well! We are planning a road trip for the summer and it is a stop I am so excited about! Your ring is beautiful by the way!

    • Chelsea

      You are stopping at Acadia?! That’s AWESOME!! And thank you!!

  • Emily @ Painting it Purple

    CONGRATULATIONS! How exciting!! Your trip looked beautiful!!!

    • Chelsea

      Thank you, Emily!

  • Jessica Gardner

    beautiful. Congratulations on the big news!! How exciting…

    • Chelsea

      Thanks so much, Jessica!

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    Gorgeous ring, and what a beautiful place to get engaged. Congrats!! That’s so exciting.

    • Chelsea

      Thank you! I’m so excited (:

  • Love the pictures, congratulations!

    • Chelsea

      Thank you, Diana!

  • Seriously so excited for y’all :) The ring is beautiful and I’m so excited for you guys to jump into the amazing adventure of marriage! CONGRATS! :)

    • Chelsea

      I’m SO excited to be married!! I feel like we already are! :)

  • Becky @Disney in your Day

    Everything about this post is gorgeous and amazing :) The scenery, your ring, the happy faces – congrats!!!

    • Chelsea

      I still can’t stop smiling. :) Thank you, Becky!

  • Congratulations!! Now I’m super excited for your wedding planning posts!! Cannot wait!!

    • Chelsea

      Oh believe me, there will be a ton! Thanks so much!

  • Congratulations!!! What a perfect engagement!!! And your ring is gorgeous! I’ve been engaged for a year and 8 months and the feeling still isn’t real.

    • Chelsea

      Awww that’s so sweet! When are you getting married??

  • First off, congrats on the engagement!! That’s super exciting and your ring is gorgeous! I wish you both the best! I actually grew up in Maine and still have yet to visit Acadia. It’s on my bucket list for this fall!

    • Chelsea

      Thank you so much! Really?! I loved it. Maine reminded me very much of Wisconsin (minus the coast).

  • Rae

    Congratulations on your engagement!! Love your 50 states challenge — would love to do something like that one day!

    • Chelsea

      Thanks so much, Rae ! I highly encourage you to travel! It’s money well spent.

  • Congrats my dear! You two are adorable!!

    • Chelsea

      Thanks Nichole! xo

  • Dayne Prescott

    OMG how exciting!!!! Congrats!!!! P.S.: BEAUTIFUL RING!

    • Chelsea

      Thank you!!!!! :)

  • Dana Brillante-Peller

    What a beautiful place to propose to you!! Congratulations – doesn’t it feel so surreal? Do you catch yourself staring at your finger, thinking, “Wow…this really happened!!” I am so happy for you guys! (On an aside…I am loving the coverup you wore at the beach. Where did you get that?!)

    • Chelsea

      YES, Dana!! Today I had to bring it to the jeweler to get it sized and it made me so sad having to take it off for a night :( It still doesn’t feel real!

      And thank you so much! I got it from Buckle about 2-3 years ago!

  • EEEEEKKKKKKKK!!!!!! THIS MAKES MY HEART SO HAPPY!!!! What a beautiful place to propose, my oh my!!! <3 Congrats again, my friend. LOVE that ring.

    • Chelsea

      Aw thanks friend!!! xoxo Thank you so much for sharing my excitement with me!

  • Ahhhh! Congrats Chels! What a beauty (you and the ring of course) 😉 Xo

    • Chelsea

      Thanks so much, chicka! xo

  • That is one gorgeous ring!!! Congrats girly. I can’t wait to see your wedding planning :)

    • Chelsea

      Thanks girl! I can’t wait to start! lol

  • Aww Congrats on your engagement! The scenery is gorgeous and so is the ring 😉

    • Chelsea

      Thank you soo much!

  • 1. YAY!! 2. You and Trevor are adorable. We all need to meet some time :) 3. I’ve never been east, but I want to so badly!

    • Chelsea

      WE TOTALLY DO!! It’s going to happen!!!

  • Oh Chels, I am so so soooooo happy for you! These are such beautiful pictures and this is such a memorable engagement!! And you better be posting about planning the wedding on the way! (:

    • Chelsea

      Thanks girlllll!!! Oh I for sure will, already thinking of posts!! lol

  • Congrats!! That is uber exciting!!! What a perfect proposal and gorgeous ring to boot!

    • Chelsea

      Thanks so much, Julie!

  • jillconyers

    Congratulations! Maine is on my to-visit list. Your photos are as beautiful as I have imagined Maine would be.

    • Chelsea

      Maine is awesome. I really hope you get the chance to go someday!

  • Ariel Pingault

    I love following your guys’s adventures completing the state challenge! And SOO exciting that you’re engaged! Tons of congratulations! :) You both look like you had such an amazing vacation! Love it! Thanks for sharing your special day with us! :)

    • Chelsea

      Thanks so much, girl! It was perfect. I am so unbelievably blessed.

  • Congratulations!!! I’m so super excited for you and can’t wait to hear even more about wedding planning as the months continue!

    • Chelsea

      Thank you so much, Danielle!

  • Whoa, how did I miss this? Congratulations! That’s so sweet, and what a perfect place! :)

    • Chelsea

      Thank you so much Rachel! You are too sweet!

  • Love Acadia! And congratulations!! You guys are such a cute couple and you have such a great proposal story :)

    • Chelsea

      Thank you. We are SO excited to start our life together.

  • Congrats! Great story!

  • Amy

    Awww. LOVE THIS! Congratulations!