Came for a week...stayed longer
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We drove through Acadia National Park, went to the top of Cadillac Mountain, and drove the loop around the park. From Cadillac Mountain the view is awesome.
Jim did his usual climbing on the rocks and provided more pictures to go with previous ones of him and rocks from other parks across the country
There was a cruise ship in the harbor in Bar Harbor, a "Dam" ship, one of Holland America's, the Marsdam, I believe.
We arrived in Bar Harbor at the same time tours buses were unloading to get people back to the ship. I'd forgotten the packed feeling of being on a ship's tour and the regimentation of getting everyone where they needed to be and back. We have certainly done enough of those tours in the past. Our touring now is much more relaxed and done when and as we want. With so many people milling round and standing in long lines to get the tender back to the ship, we found a nice place to sit on the water and - what else? - eat. Had more lobster rolls.
And a huge plate of onion rings that were awesome.
On the loop around Acadia National Park (love my National Park Pass for being 'older') we stopped by Sandy Beach which he had not done before. What a nice beach! It was definitely a sandy beach, with beautiful blue and green water, and gorgeous sky.
There was a small parking area next to the beach, but most people were parking along the roadway for about a mile and a half.. We decided to see how close we could get to the beach and got a parking place in the small parking area next to it. The area was well done with rest rooms and changing areas for the beach, There were lots of people utilizing the beach and it was a really beautiful area.
We drove to Stonington to look for JIm, our resident lobsterman back in FL. Jim stays in Pirates Harbor for 4 months every Winter and has fresh lobster, haddock, stone crab claws, etc flown in weekly by his sons during his stay in FL which he sells to happy Floridians who love fresh fish. We drove out to the end of the pier in Stonington and found Jim there,
Jim owns the largest lobster company in Stonington, and even though he has cut back on his operation, buys 50,000 lbs of lobster a day from lobstermen in the area, and sells that amount daily to suppliers who sell to restaurants, etc. His sons continue the fishing part of the business while he oversees the unloading, purchase and transport of the lobster, and the refueling operation on the pier. He owns the entire end of the pier and the unloading of that much lobster is a well-oiled process. We learned a lot about the lobster fishing industry.
After spending a couple hours with Jim we got ready to head back to Max. Jim asked if we would like some lobster. Really? He had to ask?? He filled our cooler with lobster and ice, and refusde payment for them. We got back to Max and found 6 lobster just waiting to be cooked.
After deciding to stay longer we drove back out to Stonington, this time to purchase lobster from him. After packing us up again, and us insisting we pay for them this time, he took $20. This time we found 7 lobster in the cooler. I'm going to miss being in Maine during the summer.
The weather was beautiful, in the upper 70s, cool at night, sunny and breezy with low humidity. We had one day that was hot and humid. Maine homes and other buildings are not set up for that kind of weather, and few have air conditioning. It was nice taking our home, and air conitioner, with us. But Maine could be on the list for an extended stay next year.