Portland and Bar Harbor Maine

Trip Start Aug 22, 2009
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Trip End Sep 05, 2009


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Sunday, August 23, 2009

It's Sunday evening, and we now have a few moments of breathing room to let you know of our many trials, tribulations and interesting experiences since leaving Cincinnati on Saturday morning. The biggest hurdle was finding out that our boat ride to Nova Scotia was canceled due to Hurricane Bill.  We had to reschedule our boat trip to sail out of Bar Harbor instead of Portland, as well as our hotel accommodations. 

As many of you know, poor Nancy was not able to be checked in on line like the rest of us on Friday.  We finally found out that there was an extraneous SR after her name.  Delta officials thought she was a nun, instead of a "terrorist."  So … our flights were fine, pretty much on time.  We picked up our Town and Country silver van, with automatic side doors.  We were thrilled, because last year I got tired of swinging that @#$% door shut all the time. 

We checked into our Holiday Inn on the Bay in Portland.  There were two weddings going on, and we tried to crash them to get some free dinners and/or cookies but they denied us access. (LOL).  So we decided to explore downtown Portland, ME.  We were mostly surprised what a happening downtown area they have there.  We walked until we found a suitable restaurant.  It was called Sebago.  They had a decent menu, and we were happy to find a cool place to eat since it was really hot on Saturday in Portland.  After dinner we decided to walk back to the hotel.  We stopped at an overlook during our drive around town.  We saw some women digging for something on the shoreline.  Nancy decided she wanted to ask what they were doing.  She started walking on the slippery stones, and she did a half-gainer on the rocks and landed on her backside.  We were frightened at first that this would be the end of our vacation, but she just jumped up like nothing happened.  She then found out the women were digging for snails.  

After this we decided to go back to the hotel.   We had some “free” drink coupons for the bar in the hotel, so we met there until Nancy and Ron said they were tired and left for their room at 9:00 p.m.  They sure are party poopers!  We decided to meet in the lobby for breakfast at 9:00 a.m. the next morning before setting off to Bar Harbor, ME.  The guy at the front desk recommended a place called “Becky’s” for breakfast.  It was a nice place along the water.

We then left for our 3.5 hour trip to Bar Harbor.  Along the way we decided (on the recommendation of Nancy) to take the scenic route to Acadia National Park/Bar Harbor.  Fortunately for us we did, because we heard that 11 people were swept into the Atlantic Ocean due to the high surf at the park.  We had wanted to see that, but because of taking our time, we missed it.  Thank you Nancy for saving our lives!!!

We checked into our hotel, the Bar Harbor Motel.  It is a nice place.  We have a two room suite with Nancy and Ron in another room in another building.  We took the free Island Explorer to downtown Bar Harbor to check out all the shops and restaurants.  We bought a few things.  We stopped to get some ice cream, and then headed back to the hotel.  We played some “Pass the Ace”, Sam won both games!  We decided we needed some provisions and traveled to a grocery store about 30 minutes from our hotel.  As you probably know from our last trip to Alaska, our provisions include an assortment of junk food, donuts and pop. Well, we’re relaxing in our hotel room watching Andy of Mayberry and a baseball game. Guess who has control of the remote?

Tomorrow we wake up early to catch our ferry, The CAT, to Nova Scotia, a three hour trip.  We heard they have a casino on board, so some of us will be occupied during the time.  Nancy and Ron left for bed – it’s 9:00 pm again!

We heard Hurricane Bill should be gone by the time we get there.  We also saw on the news that Halifax had some loss of power, so here’s hoping they have everything worked out by the time we get there.  Well, good night from Bar Harbor!
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