Maine, lobster... Bar Harbor

Trip Start Aug 17, 2012
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Trip End Sep 09, 2012


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Acadia National Park
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Florida has been really nice! It had been so good to visit our family and mainly our son, the pilot in Naples. But also this time comes to an end, and now it's time to go northeast to Maine. Because we didn't want to trouble our aunts with an early trip to Orlando Airport, we have rented a compact car that they didn't have anymore at Budget, so they gave us another car, a Ford Mustang (sorry Maarten) that was bright red. When I say early start I mean early. We left Ocala at 3AM to catch a 6AM flight from Orlando to Philladelphia and later to Bangor. So we didn't get much sleep when we arrived in Maine. Bangor Airport is a very small regional airport, with Airforce on it as well. The car we rented was a comfortable 5 month old Ford Fusion and so here we are. It's 11.45AM and here is Maine.

But we also realised that for the first time during our trip, we were on our own. In Florida we had backup of our son and our family in Ocala, but here we litteraly didn't know what to expect. So in other words: we didn't have a clue where we were, what it's like and were we would end up. Our navigation system clicked in and we set course to Bar Harbor. Our friend Marc Pusch who we will meet later during this trip, suggested to go there, but what to expect. The first thing that is quite different is this part of the USA is quite different from the part where we came from. Nature, the people, the scenes well basically everything.

Lobster
One thing we knew already is that Maine is known for Lobster, and so well... We hadn't had lunch and passed a lot of lobster restaurants along the way, so the first stop, a couple of miles from our 'resort' was a restaurant where we had lobster. We could choose size, hard shell, or soft shell (hard of course) and away he went to an outside stove to be cooked in sea water. So here we are at 1PM in beautiful sun on a terras outside enjoying our first lobster. It was well worth it. What we also noticed is that the people here are different than in Florida. In the south they are 'over friendly' , and here they are just friendly, a bit more down to earth. After lunch we went to our residence near Bar Harbor.

Our motel
The first sight was... Ehm... Challenging? We had never stayed in a roadside motel, and I booked this through booking.com. So it's like a caravan of wood (in size) it has a bed (hard), clean towels, a bathroom that was too small to fit two in. But after swallowing twice, we decided that this was going to be it. I prepaid, so there was no way we were going to change. But after we returned from the Bar Harbor we decided that the place was actually very nice. Modest but nice. I was completely wasted after having spent a night with almost no sleep, and with earplugs (the road is about 30 meters, 900 feet away) sleep was good.

Before we went to sleep we visited Bar Harbor (downtown) and a Wallmart to buy some beverages and things we needed. There is much to say about Bar Harbour. It's located on an Island (Mount Dessert Island) and most of the Island is a wild parc called Acadia National Parc. It has a rich history that started in the 16th century when England and France 'ruled' over it. Cadillac mountain, the highest point of the island and of the entire Atlantic coast bears his name because of the alias of a French lawyer who was one of the first to really live on the island Antoine Laumet. He later founded Detroit who much later even named a famous car in his honor. Very interesting story to read. Before 1947 Bar Harbor was the place to be for the American jetset, the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Carnegies, Morgans and Astors all had huge mansions build here. But after a fire which destroyed 17.000 acres and almost complete Bar Harbor in 1947, most people never returned but still the village survived and became a well known touristic attraction for 2 million people every year, from all over the world.

Downtown is as touristic as it can be. Mainstreet is basically the main street with mostly giftshops, iceshops, restaurants and tour operators where you can basically book anything from boatrides, plane tours or excursions. We had coffee on the pier and later on went back to have dinner at Mainly Meat, a diner across the street from our motel. There we will also have breakfast.

So far the weather has been incredible, Maine is really beautiful on this end, and we are relaxing a lot... Tomorrow we will visit Acadia National Parc.
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