Archive for July, 2013

What a busy weekend the 19th of July was!

The Governor for the State of Maine, Gov. LePage, graced Bar Harbor with his presence and enjoyed a tour of the ship and bridge and attended a luncheon hosted by the Captain and other officers on board the MS Maasdam.

The local paper noted the story:

http://fenceviewer.com/site/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=82029:governor-visits-cruise-ship&Itemid=938

And it was mentioned on the Holland America Blog:

http://www.hollandamericablog.com/2013/07/25/governor-paul-lepage-visits-maasdam/

I was lucky enough to be invited out on the Pilot Boat, to see the MS Maasdam out of the harbor on both Friday and Sunday this particular weekend…. and what fun it was!!  Unfortunately, I did not have my camera handy on Friday… but I definitely had a full battery on Sunday!!

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My first trip to the beach (in Florida) this summer!

Richard suggested heading out to Ft. DeSoto on Saturday, July 13, and spending the day in the sun and sand.

It was a beautiful day, we stopped to pick up sandwiches on the way out, and sat under our beach tent while enjoying the other dogs around us, and the waves crashing in the forefront.  The dogs were not so thrilled about the sand at first, as always…. but Oscar really got into rolling around in it…. he looked a little like cat poo in the litter box by the time he was done.  It was hilarious!  Brisbee jumped into the water by herself, she hates to be left on the beach while Richard and I are in the water.  Oscar was less interested, and patrolled the beach and manned our tent instead.

So…. the saga of the Vaughan’s in Bar Harbor continues…  My in-laws left on Friday…..

Richard and I had the opportunity on Saturday morning to do a little bit more exploring in the local area over the weekend…

He’s never had the chance to see more of Maine, as his visits were always shorter, and I always have to work on Fridays and Sundays.  So… we headed DownEast, and explored the Penobscot Bay Region… the Penobscot Narrows Observatory, http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/parksinfo/observatory, it was awesome!  We took a self-guided tour around Fort Knox, and then headed 420 feet straight up!  A one-minute ride took us up the tallest public bridge observatory in the world!  It was really pretty!!

We headed a little further DownEast into Belfast for dinner at the Weathervane Seafood Restaurant, http://www.weathervaneseafoods.com, on the water.  It was a great night, though the restaurant staff left a little something to be desired…. the food and view were worth it.

After dinner we headed back to Bar Harbor, and connected with some friends for the evening, we had drinks at Side Street Cafe, and Richard experienced what little night life Bar Harbor offers, at the Dog and Pony, http://www.dogandponytavern.com.  It was entertaining if nothing else, although we didn’t stay long.

On Sunday, I had to work, so Richard took advantage of his “vacation” and slept all day!!

Monday meant back to Tampa, so we headed out to Cottage St Bakery to fuel up on blueberry pancakes, and then began our lazy venture into Bangor.  Side note…. we stopped at G.M. Pollack and Sons Jewelry… Richard bought me TWO beautiful rings, both with my birthstone… 🙂

What a trip!

A short three day journey into Baltimore was lots of fun, and I left wishing I had been able to spend more time there.  Arriving early Wednesday morning, I had a chance to explore the Inner Harbor area, and found the Seven Foot Knoll Light at Pier 5… very cool!

The RCCL Grandeur of the Seas was returning from their 45 day dry dock in Freeport, Bahamas, after the unfortunate incident that occurred on May 27, read this if you missed the original story.  The last time I was on Grandeur, it was in Tampa, and it was my first year as the Port Agent!  Time flies!!

Wednesday afternoon was spent at the terminal, participating in a refresh training offered by the head office.  We headed out to dinner at Sullivan’s, http://sullivanssteakhouse.com, which was a fabulous steakhouse downtown.

Thursday morning I checked out of my hotel and headed back to the pier.  We were preparing to meet and embark approximately 1600 travel agents for a one night cruise to nowhere, which was sponsored by RCCL.  It was a neat opportunity to give the travel agents a chance to check out the repaired and recently revitalized vessel…. lucky me, I was invited to saill away with them!  What a great night!  Lots of events happening on board, live music and entertainment.

Friday morning was back to the pier, and we geared up for a full day of check-in, it was the first cruise since the fire, and everyone was ready for travel!  This was the ad running in the local area to welcome back the Grandeur.  🙂

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As usual, this last month has been fairly hectic and I am slacking again on sharing with the world the most recent excitement in our lives.

The Vaughan’s came to Bar Harbor!  Richard spent a whole week, count ’em… 7 WHOLE DAYS!  In the past, he has only had the opportunity to come up for the weekend, and we attempt to cram a month’s worth of catching up in some very short hours.  This time…. it was awesome!  My in-laws were also able to join us for a week’s worth of adventures… and seeing that it was over 4th of July holiday.. it was an booming week of fun!

Richard arrived from North Carolina.. where he had spent the weekend training at a church the company had just recently installed some equipment in.  It was a nice surprise.. as he arrived about 5 hours earlier than we had originally planned.  His parents were driving up from Florida, and made several stops along the way, with family and friends, and arrived early afternoon on Monday.

Our first night, we headed over to Stewman’s Lobster Pound, http://stewmanslobsterpound.com, for dinner.  My father-in-law dug into a full downeast lobster experience… clam chowder, lobster, mussels, corn, potatoes and blueberry pie!

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Richard’s Downeast Lobster Experience

With rain expected for Tuesday, we headed into Acadia National Park.. I don’t care what the weather is like, the Park is beautiful every time.  We hit Park Loop Road and saw all the highlights: Sieur de Monts Spring, the Abbe Museum, Park Loop Road, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, Bass Harbor Head Light, Sea Wall… the Jesup Path was amazing… Richard remembered walking it on one of his first visits to Bar Harbor… we headed back out to find it, and some wildlife along the way.

The next morning may have been the highlight of the whole trip… at least, for the boys.  As a Father’s Day gift, the boys hopped into an open cockpit biplane, http://acadiaairtours.com/biplane_flights, and took off for about 18 minutes of exhilarating fun!

We headed back into Acadia National Park with a box lunch in hand… and to Otter Cliffs, which is one of my new favorite locations.

And then we headed up to South Bubble and Balance Rock… one of my absolute favorite hikes!  It is sooooo gorgeous once you get up to the top, and the hike up isn’t so bad either.  Keeping in mind that it had been raining in Bar Harbor for what felt like days on end, it was quite a wet hike up, but totally worth the view from the top.

We rounded out the evening with a trip up to the top of Cadillac Mountain, and watched the sunset from the Blue Hill Overlook – it was spectacular!

July 4th!  One of my absolute favorite days in Bar Harbor…. simply because it is celebrated small town style.  What that means specifically…. good ole’ fashioned pancake breakfasts, a parade with more than 1,000 participants, lobstah races in the baseball fields, arts and crafts market, lobstah meals, ice cream, pies and other yummy desserts for sale, to raise money for local non-profits and other local groups.  We headed to Cherrystones for breakfast, and front row seats of the parade, it is always so much fun to see what the floats will look like every year!  After, we headed down to the ball park.. it was sooooo hot that day, and a Sno-Cone was in order!  While waiting for the fireworks over the Harbor later that evening, we headed to Pirate’s Cove for a little competitive putt-putt, http://www.piratescove.net/bar-harbor.  I lost.  Good news?  I got a free ice cream across the street at Udder Heaven, http://udderheaven.com!  The fireworks were awesome… best I have seen in 5 years, check it out here!

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Friday was back to work, and the in-laws were leaving the island.  What a fun week!