Touring of the island

Trip Start Sep 01, 2007
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Trip End Sep 05, 2007


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Monday, September 3, 2007

We got up early today to do some exploring of the rest of the island.  Our first stop was at a bakery in Southwest Harbor.  I had a delicious blueberry cheese croissant.. mmm. 
We stopped at Acadia National Park - at the Bass Lighthouse.  Most of the lighthouses are still occupied by Coast Guard families even though they are automated now.  The only manual one still left is in the Boston Harbor because it was the very first lighthouse in the US and President Kennedy signed a protection law that it is to stay manual.  I read the list of the lighthouse keepers at Bass Harbor.. not surprinsingly, they didn't last very long, on average 1-4 years.  Being up all night 365 days a year, in every weather, is not easy!  Plus they usually led a solitary life, esp. if they were housed in an island away from mainland.

We didn't enter the Acadia to see anything else as they had a pretty steep entrance fee.  We did however take a tour of the Atlantic Brewing Company.  Maine is also known for having wild blueberries and this company is the first to have bluberry ale. Let me assure you that it only smells like bluberries.  This is how they came up with it...  the owner had a small pub and made his own beer as well.  His friend sold him 400 pounds of wild bluberries for only $50 - he didn't know why but he took it because it was cheap.  He made a few pies and got bored of it so one day he decided to add it to the beer.  After doing 2 batches he swore he'd never do it again because it was so much work mashing bluberries, and he didn't like being blue from fingertips to shoulders. The beer became so popular however, that he had no choice but to make more! 
http://www.atlanticbrewing.com/  One of their ales even beat Guiness in a World Beer Competition!

So it was the third day and we still didn't have a lobster so we found a lobster pound, picked one, bought one, and had it cooked for us.  While the clerks weren't looking, Dominik had some fun picking them up and posing with the lobsters.  I wouldn't say the seafood is cheaper here, but definately caught today-fresh which is well worth it!
As you can see from the picture, we did a good job cleaning it out! :)

I wanted to see Timber Tina's Great Maine Lumberjack Show, but it was closed for the season!! :(  It's supposed to be really good and Tina was a contestant on Survivor Panama even!  http://www.mainelumberjack.com/
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