So we're on vacation and the car is missing...

Trip Start Jun 18, 2009
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Trip End Jul 27, 2009


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Sunday, June 21, 2009

The car at home (my Scion xA) that is. 

We awoke this morning in our cottage in Bass Harbor and carried the laptop around the house until we found an unsecured signal we could leech.  Checking my messages, I discovered an email from my downstairs neighbor telling me my car was no longer in the driveway.  WTF?!?  Mild panic set in, but hey, that solves the whole 2 car to 1 car moving dilemma, right?  We left a message with our down-downstairs neighbor who has the keys to see what's the haps. 

But the weather is spotty at best, so we had to get moving to get a ride in before the rain.  Apparently, Julia's normal gait is being interpreted by Tlaloc as a permanent rain dance.  Exhibits A-D: Ironman, Ironman, Wedding, Honeymoon.  As a result, you should expect the next few days of pictures to be on the dark and gray side.  The weather map is basically just a picture of a clown maniacally laughing at me.  The sweeping vistas are probably not going to be seen in the first week or so - our initial foray into Canada is looking pretty bleak too.  For those just here for the pictures, check back in a week or so.  For those here for the bad jokes and worse puns, jackpot!

The 30 mile ride around the left testicle of Mt. Desert Island was more scenic than these pictures indicate.  It was sort of a cross between River Road, Gate Hill Road, Seven Lakes Drive, and Lake Dr. around Canindaigua, but with ocean views.  We got the better part of the day, but still got a little sprinkled.  I love the ocean in a storm so the views along the seawall were pretty incredible.






It was all a little disappointing considering the beautiful day we had for the drive up from NH.  It was bright and sunny as we cut across to Portsmouth and then up into Maine on 95.  I don't drive like I did as a teenager so coming into Maine was a bit of flashback moment.  I was flying past other cars - and I was going only about 10 mph (16 kph (once you're close enough to Canada, everyone seems obliged to list in both Imperial and Metric)) faster than the speed limit.  I slowed down a little to peep a license plate that was a little different than the standard "Vacationland" plate and I figured it all out.  It had a nice little motto emblazoned around the edge: "Maine: We go the speed limit because it just seems like the right thing to do."  They really are a little nicer and a little different up here.

About 20 miles into 95, we came across one of those traffic advisory signs and, inexplicably, it was blinking.  We dutifully turned off the iPod and tuned to 1610 AM to listen to the advisory: "Good Morning!  Welcome to Maine.  No real advisory, we just hope you're having a good day.  Good Morning!  Welcome to Maine.  Isn't it beautiful here?  Have a good day!  Enjoy the lobster.  Good Morning!  Welcome..."  Snap, that's all I can take.  Let's get back to the Cure/Elliot Smith/Liz Phair mix.  Ahh, angst.

  We had a little confusion as to whether we were crossing onto Mt. Desert Island, so stopped to snap some shots of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge, which is an excellent example of a cable-stayed brige.  Which is interesting from a MechE point of view and frankly just cool to see



Our cottage is tucked away in what is probably technically Tremont or Hancock Maine, not Bass Harbor.  But it's an awesome little two bedroom cedar-shingled cottage tucked away from prying eyes and ears with a gazebo, a lobster pot, and a king-sized bed.  Perfect for the start of a 5 week honeymoon!

In case you stuck around this long to find out about the car, it's fine.  Our down-downstairs neighbor took it out for a spin to remind herself what driving a stick was like.  (Cue: Marsha).

Six more days in Maine, then on to Canada.

D&J





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timmymac_1998
timmymac_1998 on

Mt. Desert Island
Seriously? I had to sign up for this to make a comment...what's more unbelievable is I did. Good thing today is a slow day at work.
Anyways. Mt. Desert Island. I was born minutes away from there. My parents meet in Winter Harbor, ME. I have fond memories of camping, paddling and camping in the area. Also memories of being snowed in, pipes freezing, losing electricity, losing our dog while it chased moose and my father hitting a mountain lion with the car. Ah...Maine, nothing like it.
Loving the blog.

dejm3
dejm3 on

Re: Mt. Desert Island
Sorry - didn't really think through the signing up part. I liked the site because it has the map that shows you where you are/have been.

If you have any must-do paddling suggestions or suggestions for good spots to go during the rainy and overcast week, we'd appreciate.

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