What a beautiful day!
Trip Start Sep 01, 2007
5Trip End Sep 05, 2007
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After a long and cold night's sleep, we woke up to a beautiful warm sunshiney day! I forgot to pack breakfast so the first thing we did was drive to Bar Harbor, and because it was Sunday we went to church, then buy food. For lunch we went to the West Side Grill that was right on the harbour. Dominik had a mix seafood plate of shrimps, scallops, and fish and I had crab cakes. If you have never eaten fresh seafood that was caught THAT DAY, you will never believe the taste in difference. It is uncomparable.
Dominik and I have different travelling styles. I like to go crazy and see 20 things in a day, and he'd rather see 2, and relax the rest of the time.. so this was the time to split up for a while. He went to veg at the harbour park, while I went running around the town. I found this church, St. Saviours Episcopal. Ten of the stained glass panels are from Louis Comfort Tiffany's technique (which apparently no one has been able to replicate), it gives it a very rich colour - looks like a painting, and it's not bright. Some of the panels date back from 1886. I could only take a quick picture inside (unfortunately it didn't come out well) because a wedding was about to begin. http://ellsworthme.org/ssaviour/windows.html I didn't have much time to window shop since we had a reservation with the LULU lobster ride http://www.lululobsterboat.com/.
The lobster ride was $55 for the 2 of us, and it was definately worth it. Cpt. John was extremely knowledgeable and very funny. He's even been on tv shows many times such as CBS early show. If you're in the area, I highly recommend going on it - the ride lasts 2 hours. He gave us a lecture of the life cycle of lobsters (live long time), the moulting (when they lose their shell 1x a year as adults, they are actually like jelly for 2 weeks), trapping, etc. Maine is the #1 state in all of US to export the most lobsters because of their excellent conservation methods (as much as 90%). Unlike any other state, Maine has a minimum and maximum length that the lobster has to be, plus if it is a female with a mark that she was or is carrying babies then she is let go as well. The traps are designed in a way that 65% of the time the lobster actually escapes, and it's done on purpose - so we eat the "slow" ones :) And only 3 in 1,000 born actually survive to adulthood!! Another interesting thing was that they are cannibalistic. We also went around to Egg Rock Lighthouse which was very pretty, and saw many seals. The lobsters you get in the store can be months old, since they can survive 72 outside of the water (for the export) and then plopped back into a tank. I must say that the ones in the normal stores here are very docile, as though they are sleeping the whole time. The live lobsters we saw, were extremely fiesty. As soon as you picked it up, it started kicking and trying to escape. And I confirmed with the captain that they do not feel pain, so it's ok to go ahead and boil them alive! The captain does not catch lobsters for money, but does research with universities.
On the ride, we also saw rich people houses like the Campbell's family, Martha Stewart, and John Travolta. John got kicked off the island for flying a 747 plane too low over the island!
I didn't know this but all the different coloured buoys in the water are to mark your traps. Every fisherman has their own colour scheme, and attached to the buoy are traps underwater! Overall, the port was very busy with different tour ships coming in and out, fisherman boats, and lots of hustle and bustle.
There is a new law in Maine that if you look under 45, they have to ask for your license if you want to buy alcohol or tobacco. Both times that we bought such products, the clerks had no idea what to do with Dominik's Alberta license. The young teenager at the convience store said.."Uh.. Alberta is a .... state?". Yes you moron! We made it up for a fake license!!
It was a really busy day so after a satisfying meal of beef fajitas we just dropped to bed!