Posts Tagged ‘Bar Harbor Whale Watch’

Had a wonderful time with Mom, Uncle Billy, Aunt Heidi and Cousin Hannah in Bar Harbor for a few days…. I really enjoyed showing off my second home, and spending time with family!

When Billy and Co. arrived in Ellsworth, Mom had them set up at the new Hampton Inn.  We picked up Billy and went for an adult beverage at Finn’s Irish Pub, in Ellsworth, https://www.facebook.com/FinnsIrishPub.

I hooked the extended family up with tickets to the Bar Harbor Whale Watch, the trip was cancelled because of weather, but we moved on, and went for lunch on board the Holland America Maasdam.  The tickets were rebooked for the next morning, and they enjoyed 3 hours of whale watching on Saturday morning.  After work, we headed up to CherryStones for an after-work drink.

On Saturday, Mom and I met up with the Voltz’s for a fun filled afternoon.  We collected them in town, and hit up the 38th Annual Fair on the Green…. a fabulous arts and crafts festival on the Village Green, with some really unique items, Mom, Heidi and I bought bracelets made from spoons!  I also found a piggy bank, the front of it is an old post office box, that was actually from White River Junction (where we went hot air ballooning) in Vermont.

We headed up around the Park Loop Road, and had lunch at Jordan Pond House.  The popovers were awesome, as expected.  We headed up to the top of Cadillac Mountain, it was a beautiful day and we got some great pictures, and finished up the island tour with Bass Harbor Light.  Dinner was at Pat’s Pizza in Ellsworth, and the family all headed out on Sunday.

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What a month it was!!

Well, Mom was in Bar Harbor for six days… and what a fun filled week it was!!  Can’t believe how quickly it passed… We hit the usual places, Geddy’s, http://geddys.com, for a burrito and sangria (yummy!) and did a bit of bar hopping for drinks and apps… Galyn’s, http://www.galynsbarharbor.com, McKay’s, http://www.mckayspublichouse.com, and a few others.  Delicious!  We all, including Brisbee, went for what we thought was going to be a little traipse around the island…. we decided to stop for a bit of a walk, which turned into a hike, which turned into Brisbee needing a bath!!  Stinky!!  But, it was fun, and the first time I had seen Long Pond, beautiful.  Saturday night included a drive out to Bangor for an Octoberfest party hosted by the CBP supervisor, John, and his wife, Darnel.  It was a super neat idea, everyone picked a country and brought a dish and beer from that country.  Of course, I picked Ireland, I have a great connection!

I definitely felt the need to “do” more before leaving Bar Harbor, and I hit multiple stops!  The first was a hike with roommate Courtney, and it turned into quite a lengthy one.  We parked out past Compass Harbor (my home away from home three years ago) and traveled up the Orange and Black Path, to Champlain North Ridge Trail, and to the top of Champlain Mountain, 1058 feet up!  It was absolutely amazing.  The view.  That is all I can say.  The view, it was totally worth it.  The next day, we jumped on board the Bar Harbor Whale Watch and went for probably one of the most amazing whale watching trips EVER.  We went to Egg Rock first, which had tons of seals, and we journeyed ever so slightly (east, I think) away, and found Victim, and her calf.  The best part::  the double breach.  Wicked awesome.  Totally made the trip.  They both played with the boat for what seemed like forever, and were showing off, headstands, breaching eight times in a row, etc.  Wicked cool.  The next week, Brisbee and I ventured off for what turned into a five mile hike along the carriage roads.  I parked near the visitor center and we hoofed it from there, more beautiful views of Frenchman’s Bay and the fall leaves.

Saturday night, before my departure, was the Parkside Restaurant closing party- luau style!  I had been sick with a head cold for about four days by this time, so I didn’t stay too long…. only long enough to say my goodbye’s and I headed for the hills.

Brisbee and I headed for Portland Airport on Tuesday morning, and as usual, it was bittersweet.  I am always so excited to get home, but I miss Bar Harbor.  The people.  The pace.  And I look forward to what next year brings!