September 11, 2014
Wow – what a gorgeous place to be! Acadia National Park was the first National Park formed on the East Coast and I can easily see why this pristine land was set aside for future generations to enjoy. It is the perfect place to enjoy the ocean, the mountains, and the forest all at once.
We spent several days exploring different aspects of the park and the Bar Harbor area…
Day 1: Rented bikes and rode along the carriage roads in the park. (Note: our RV bike rack arrived with a part missing so we weren’t able to attach it before leaving – this is another item on the things-to-get-sorted-with-the-RV when we return to CT).
High: Having lunch in a small, hidden inlet that Miles found along Eagle Lake. We sat on logs near the water’s edge, saw lots of frogs hopping around in the marsh, and had a view of the darkening clouds flying across the tops of the mountains.
Low: Even in low gear, some of these gentle hills had me huffing and puffing more than I care to admit. I don’t think mountain biking is destined to become a beloved sport for me but who knows?
Day 2: Hiked along the beautiful Ocean Road, took the “short” way back to our starting point at Sand Beach by hiking up Gorham Mt., finally got to Sand Beach (where I refused to set foot into the freezing water, opting instead to lie back and watch the boys frolic in the surf), then set out for afternoon tea at the Jordan Pond House.
High: Definitely has to be the popovers and tea at Jordan Pond House. Sooo civilized. Sitting outside in an idyllic setting with a pot of tea and warm popovers with salty butter and strawberry preserves is definitely a must-do while at the Park.
Low: We are up for trying letterboxing and geocaching this year (essentially finding ‘treasure boxes’ that have been hidden all over the US) and we searched and searched for a letterbox that was supposed to be hidden near Thunder Hole but couldn’t find it.
Day 3: Drove to Schoodic Point, spent a bit of time wandering in a very old graveyard, drove up Cadillac Mt, and had a great BBQ Dinner.
High: Seeing porpoises jumping in the water at Schoodic Pt. We ate our lunch on large, warm, flat rocks while gazing out at the sparkling water. A chilly breeze blew and the kids hopped around on the rocks looking for more tidepools to investigate. I felt peaceful and filled up with the beauty.
Low: We are eating a lot of sandwiches for our lunches. The boys are already wondering how many more sandwiches they have to eat this year. Not a good sign because the answer is: a LOT more! Frequent lunches out just don’t fit into this year’s budget.
Day 4: Poked around in the shops in Bar Harbor, took the Lobster Boat tour where we learned about lobstering and saw seals basking in the sun, at low tide we walked across the Bar that gives Bar Harbor, enjoyed a lobster dinner on the wharf (ok – I was actually the only one of us that had lobster but someone had to, right?), Ranger Talk in the evening.
High: Learning about lobsters. I can tell the difference between male and female lobsters now, know how to measure the length of the lobster and what qualifies as a “keeper” and know more about their ability to regenerate limbs and how/why scientists are studying this. Plus, who knew that they have a spot that you can rub that will relax them as they balance on their head/front claws?
Low: Miles getting locked in one of the campground bathrooms and having to be rescued by a stranger who heard his attempts to kick down the door. All this while we were snuggy in the RV and didn’t notice how long he’d been gone. (I think he’ll laugh about this later though :))
And then it was time to move on to our next destination in Massachusetts….
I know there are other wonderful places to visit in Maine and I wish we could have seen more of them but I loved our time in Acadia/Bar Harbor and it was an excellent choice. It’s funny, we’ve taken this year away from our jobs/school and already that doesn’t feel like enough time to see everything we want to…how can that be??