Posts Tagged ‘Sand Beach’

Ha!  That’s what they think…

Well, we went in for a hike today, and with 74F and no rain, it was the perfect day for it.

The local paper covered the story….

http://fenceviewer.com/site/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=83015:acadia-goes-under-lock-and-key&Itemid=938

Pictures below are from our trip up to Great Head today!

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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!

Maybe not so much in the weather…. still overcast or raining, cold, and really, just yucky out.  however, when family comes to visit, it always lifts my spirits!  We headed out and around, trying to make the best of the bad weather… Friday night was LOTS of catching up, Saturday was Sand Beach and Thunder Hole, in Acadia National Park, and a trip on the Nature Cruise, courtesy of the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, http://www.barharborwhales.com/nature-cruise.php!

what a great weekend… and it definitely went too fast!

Richard flew into Bangor late on Wednesday night, and Brisbee and I collected him from the airport… we spent the next three days packing as much into just as little time.  We headed to Two Cats for breakfast, walked around town for a little shopping, into Acadia National Park to see Sand Beach and Thunder Hole, and then out to Ellsworth for some more shopping!

Friday, the Holland America Veendam was in town, and Richard and I went for lunch on board, and headed out for dinner with Mike and Vera at the Town Hill Bistro that night.

On Saturday, we hung out at my apartment in the morning, and then decided to head to Bangor to spend some (more) time shopping before Richards flight!

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