ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Two girls were reunited with their parents Easter Sunday afternoon after heading down the wrong trail during a family hike.
Park rangers received a 911 call just before 5 p.m. from a mother saying she had not seen her daughters since they had headed up the Bubble Rock trail two hours earlier, according to Ranger Jason Flynn.
“The mother said the dad had left the Bubble Rock parking lot to hike up Bubble Rock with his son,” Flynn said Sunday evening. “Shortly after the two girls decided to follow them up.”
Names of the Ellsworth family were not released.
The two girls — ages 17 and 9 — ended up taking a different trail than their father and brother, Flynn said, which took them several miles in the wrong direction.
When the father returned to parking lot with his son without seeing his daughters, he became concerned and backtracked the one-mile trail he had taken several times, Flynn said.
“Since he kept walking the route he took, he never saw them,” he said.
The girls eventually came to a road and were spotted by a good Samaritan, Flynn said, who called the ranger station, and they were subsequently reunited with their very relieved family.
Flynn said this story has a happy ending and can serve as a good reminder for anyone heading out in the great outdoors.
“When people leave to go on a hike, they should have an affirmative plan and a meeting location,” he said. “Another concern is being prepared for the cold and dark [because] you never know how long you may be out there.”
He said it is always a good idea to dress in layers and carry snacks, water and a flashlight.
“The two girls had none of that,” he said. “They were not prepared to be out for as long as they were.”
Flynn added the adventure did make for a memorable family holiday.
“I am sure those girls will have a nice Easter dinner,” he said.