Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Maine Event - Part 3


This is the last leg of the Maine trip for your reading pleasure! I hope I haven't bored you, but I find it's helpful to add commentary to the photos. Otherwise, they really don't mean too much.

Dynamo came to Maine to eat lobster! It wouldn't be the same if you came to Maine and didn't try it. It's like my dad always says, "You don't go to a steak place and order chicken."

So, Dynamo ate lobster. The owner of the B&B recommended Thurston's Lobster Pound. So, we ventured further into the Southwest Harbor to check it out. The best way I can describe it is as a big screened-in porch. Two levels and out over the water. Nothing fancy!


We walked in and saw three bins filled with lobsters. Small. Medium. Large.


You tell the lady at the counter what size and she scoops him up, throws him on the scale, and off to the cooker he goes. That very same lobster is the exact one you get to eat in about 20 minutes. Instead of a dark burgundy color he's now a bright red!


Dynamo enjoyed his lobster! I enjoyed my crabcake!


We went home with our tummies full having experienced something fun and new! Did I mention there were lobster cages all around?


The next day, which was our last day full day in Maine, we decided to finish riding the Park Loop Road and venture up to Cadillac Mountain. On our way we had to stop and photograph another big gate to the park.


The architecture is breathtaking!

In every harbor we saw boats!


We saw beautiful homes and churches...


We stopped at this beach at low tide to search for treasures! I LOVE to hunt for shells, seaglass, rocks, basically anything! It's kinda ridiculous!


Then, we ventured into the park to check out Cadillac Mountain! Here's an excerpt from the website:

At 1,532 feet, Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard and is the first place to view sunrise in the United States from October 7 through March 6. It is one of over 20 mountains on Mount Desert Island, Maine, that were pushed up by earth's tectonic and volcanic forces millions of years ago. Were it not for the once huge glaciers that sheared off their tops, they would be even higher than what we see today.

At the bottom in the parking lot we saw this woman on her bike and later we saw her climbing the mountain. I cannot tell you how impressed we were to see her climbing that mountain. It wasn't an easy challenge. There were shirts at the bike shop that said "I climbed Cadillac Mountain." When we got to the top (in our car) she arrived shortly after and we walked over to her and praised her efforts. She sounded so appreciative stating that she was 60 years old and had done the climb every year for the last 10 years. She hopes to do it every year for as long as she can. I hope that when I'm 60 I can be as healthy as she is. Good for her!

It was gorgeous at the top!



You could see everything!



Then, we decided to take a trip to Seawall to hunt for seaglass. This bird was not hunting for the same things we were!


The rocks we so dense on the beach. I was glad we had our sneakers on. Again, their beaches aren't like ours!


When the waves would crash and then recede it didn't sound like what we were used to. Usually it sounds calm and sandy (if that makes sense) here. There, it sounds like little clink clink clink noises. It's because all of the little rocks are being pulled into the ocean over the large rocks. It was so neat!

After spending some time hunting at Seawall we rode up to hike a trail called Wonder Land.


It was a nice easy walk that once at the end opened up to a picturesque water view!



Dynamo napped on the rocks while I hunted some more!



We ate dinner in Bar Harbor and then walked around. Everything stays open this time of the year until about 11 p.m. The streets are so busy that you'd think it was the middle of the day!



We were sad to close our eyes because we knew that the next day we would be leaving!

But, before we left on Friday to head back to Boston, we went back to Bar Harbor to walk the Shore Path trail along the harbor. Dynamo let me hunt for more treasures one last time! He's so patient! There, we saw this rock!


In the picture you can't really tell how BIG it was. Come to find out it was called a "balance rock." to the Balance Rock Inn.

There was a cruise ship out in the harbor.


Here are some daytime photos...





We left to head back to Boston. In my final vacation post I'll talk about our adventure in Freeport, Maine, and our trolley ride in Boston. Stay tuned...

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