Due to an injury that left stitches in my left index finger, typing is temporarily a royal pain. My sidekick has offered to “stand in” for me on this round of our trip and take care of the blog entry for our first stop in the Pine Tree State. Mike keeps a journal of our trip and then he forwards it to me so I can remember what we did when I’m trying to write about it. I hope you enjoy a summary of our time in Downeast Maine from Mike’s perspective.
Sat 6-29. Rain held off for our departure at 11. Everything damp, though. Drive rt 2 into Maine (the northern route, even though to Bangor and south is only a quarter of the state). Lot of small towns to pass thru, but made it to I95, past Bangor and then road to bar harbor. Stopped at rv park near Trenton after about 4 hours. Arrived at the end of rain showers. Not as many Mosquitos. After unloading car, drove down the street to one of many lobster pounds. We had lobster roll and 2lb lobster dinner. They had up to 5 pounder available that day. Also, bar harbor ale.
Sun June 30. No rain for change, but cloudy/ foggy. Drove with dogs to Acadia natl park. Stopped at 2 lots and hiked awhile. At first stop, hiked down to cliffs overlooking Atlantic Ocean. Then down a trail next to road. Saw a moose in the distance at one meadow within the forest. Three cars stopped when they saw us watching the animal graze. Then it walked into the trees. Our second hike took us down to the ocean again, but also to a small sandy beach, where folks wore bathing suits and sunned and swam. The sun had appeared, but the breezy air was cooled by the icy water. Got firewood on way back to camp. Grilled corn and burgers by the campfire.
Mon july 1. Dina goes to dr appt at 10, but not till 2. We drive with dogs. After checkup, park near downtown bar harbor. Walk into Irish pub. Bar tend Zach gives us good info on other sites. (His girlfriend is from kingwood). We sit outside at Blaze for another round. Threatening rain. Then to Rupununis for more drinks and dinner under covered patio. Back at camp to watch DVD. Then rain all night.
Tues 7/2. Rainy, chores. Dina wrote blog. Built fire then steady rain. Kept fire going.
Wed. Drove dogs to downtown Ellsworth. On union river. Walked to marina. Then short trail near library. Shopped for supplies. Back at camp, rain on radar coming our way, but missed. Built fire, talked to neighbors from New Jersey. Grilled late.
Th July 4. Drove to loop around Acadia natl park. Climbed to highest peak in park, about 1300′. Able to see Bar Harbor and the many islands that lead to the Atlantic ocean. Did some sightseeing, ate lunch at picnic area, and hiked with dogs before driving back. Started to grill ribs when electricity went out. We overloaded the breaker. All the breakers were ok in the coach and at the box. It was too late to call the office and we have backup power sources. But afraid to run down batteries if used all night, so no AC. After ribs had finished and wrapped in foil to stay warm, Dina was finishing the other dishes for our feast and cleaning the blades to the food processor. She accidentally hit the on switch with her finger inside. I thought she had cut a vein by her reaction. We loaded dogs, shut off lights, googled hospital in Ellsworth, ME, and hit the road. I had to honk my horn at golf cart ahead of me in the 5 mph speed limit zone to get around her. Said, “sorry, emergency!”, as we passed. Got to ER in about 5 minutes; it’s about 7:30. Dina got checked by the nurse right away and paperwork done pretty quickly. Then the wait for doctor. He arrived about 8:15. I went to check on dogs, knowing they were scared by fireworks. They were hunkered down, but ok with the occasional bottle rocket going off. After seeing Dina at 8:45, she was told another hour for numbing gel to work followed by stitches, I sat in the car with music turned up to squelch the sound of hundreds of amateur pyro shows going on. It was hot and the Mosquitos were awful, but I was better off than Dina. She came out to the car about 9:50. All in all, not terrible. We got back to coach, cleaned up remaining blood missed earlier in the heat of battle, and tried to sleep with nervous dogs and no AC.
Fri July 5. After restless night, due to injury and humidity, called office at 7:45 expecting to leave voicemail because they open at 8. Talked to nice lady that sent out the maintenance guy at 8:05. Sure enough they had another breaker located somewhere besides the box. He replaced it and bingo…electricity! Dina went to doctor appt and witnessed a wreck on way back. Not involved, thankfully. Sat inside rest of day watching Wimbledon semis and recovering from yesterday. Built fire just in time for a brief rain shower. Enjoyed the fire afterward, then had dinner that had been grilled last night.
Sat 7/6. Watched Wimbledon till 1:30. Drove to a small free beach park at Lamoine. Stayed a little while with dogs. Then drove back into Ellsworth to a restaurant overlooking Union river. Had beers and wine with salmon app. Came back to camp, built fire and fried fish.
Sun 7/7. Watch Wimbledon. Drove to bar harbor with dogs. Walked along shore trail to main harbor. To cruise ships, one docked and one anchored. Lots of people milling around and shopping. Walked to cherry stone restaurant. Had drinks and watched folks from covered patio bar. Then drove to Chart Room to eat lobster dinner specials. Place is on the water when tide is high. Tide changes about every six hours five to ten feet. Drove back to camp and packed up everything outside because of predicted rain.