So Tuesday was my first full day here in Acadia, and the owner had told me, "TRY to get lost here on the island," in order to get the real experience of Mount Desert Island. Now, inside I chuckled and wanted to say, "do you have any idea who you are talking to? I carry a GPS on my phone, AAA Triptiks AND a map when I travel just so I won't get lost!!! I am terrified of getting lost!" But I know what he meant, get off the beaten path and check out the road less travelled so to speak, and I am all about that, so I have kept those words in mind
. It was a cloudy and foggy day, so I decided to put off some of the "must see" destinations that wouldn't have been as great without good visibility, and I headed to the "quieter" less touristy side of the island. And I took roads that were off the beaten track, even though I was carrying my GPS and my Park map. This side of the island is definitely quieter, but there are pretty coves and inlets and harbors tucked in here and there that were nice to see. I took the short walk to a view of Bass Harbor Lighthouse, which was pretty to see on the rocky Maine coast. Then I found a nice trail called Ship Harbor, and it followed the shore of a small inlet and loops back through the Maine forest. It was a beautiful hike! When I reached the point where the ocean enters the harbor, I just sat for awhile on the rocky coast. All of a sudden I could just see the fog roll in and obscure the view. It was pretty cool. When I finished the hike, the sky began to clear and I headed to the town of Bar Harbor. OMG, was I in for a surprise! The harbor is just beautiful. Never mind the quaint shops and restaurants and lovely inns, the view is spectacular! I got a cup of soup at a restaurant on the water just as an excuse to sit and look at the view, and when I was done I discovered there is a trail that goes from the Harbor along the coast. I walked some of that, but I was pretty tired after my earlier hike, so mostly I just sat on one of their benches. Before I knew it, it was time for an early dinner and I headed to a different restaurant at the Harbor for my first Live Maine Lobster dinner!!
! The only other Live Maine lobster I think I have ever had was on a camping trip with John Rayfield, and well, if you were on that camping trip, you know that is a whole other story! After dinner I was concerned about not having enough time to see everything I wanted to see while here, so I decided to use the last couple hours of daylight to head to the park and do the park road, which is supposed to have beautiful views. All I can say is SPECTACULAR! The view was partially obstructed by fog, and after about an hour it was completely obstructed, but I still got a good bit in and now I know why this park is so well loved. Stunning views of the coast from up on the mountain. Finally, I headed back to the campsite, tired and exhausted after 9 hours out and about. It wasn't long after I got in my cabin that it began pouring down rain AGAIN! After 3 1/2 inches of rain the day I before, it was raining again, and hard! Luckily I was crawling into bed and it didn't last too long. Man, it rains a lot here!
I haven't blogged in a few days because the internet at the campground is horrible. The owner told me it was because of the weather, but several days have passed, and even in beautiful weather the best I can get is a VERY slow connection if I sit outside and even then it usually locks up after awhile. So here I am sitting in an internet cafe and I will try and catch you up on my adventures, one day at a time.