Brrrr... it's hot

Trip Start Jun 25, 2010
Trip End Jun 27, 2010

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Where I stayed
Bar Harbor Campground KOA
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Maine
Sunday, October 3, 2010

Weird weather.  Warm and muggy one day, chilly and breezy the next.  Like Mark Twain said, "If you don't like the weather in New England, wait a few minutes." 

Our favorite campsite wasn't available for our wedding anniversary on October 9, so we reserved it for the this weekend instead and celebrated another year of marriage a week before the actual date.

Day 1 - Friday October 1
Instead of hitching up the camper, we should have built an arc.  It rained for almost 48 hours straight.  We got packed in the rain, drove for six hours in the rain, set up camp in the rain and couldn't stay dry, so we took some extra clothes to compensate.  And we sure put them to good use.  Criminy, did it rain.  One of those long, soaking rains.  It never downpoured and it never let up -- just steady, unrelenting rain.

It was dark when we got here, but we set up quickly and changed out of our wet closthes for the second time.  Outside was very windy, and I was wondering when it would stop when all of a sudden, the last of the rain moved out and the two-day storm came to an abrupt end.  So I took the dogs for a walk.  But it was nasty and muggy -- even warm at a damp 70 degrees.  To chase the humidity, we turned on the air conditioning.  Which was weird considering it's October 1 and we're on the Atlantic shore.

Day 2 - Saturday October 2
Today was much more pleasant.  The morning was cool and breezy, with what clouds remained from yesterday moving out rapidly.  The high was about 60, and the sun was out all day long.  As we laid in bed, Kathy noticed a guy down by the water.  She said half to herself, "What's he got with him?  Oh, it's a camera.  I thought it was a monkey."

I'll say that again.  Kathy saw a guy with a camera and said she thought it was a monkey.  On the Maine coast.

"How could you mistake a camera for a monkey?" I asked.

"I saw the tail," was her matter-of-fact response.

Skeptically, I asked, "His camera has a tail?"

"It has a long thing coming off of it like one of those... Remember in 'Talladega Nights' when the kid says he's gonna come at him like what kind of monkey?"

"A spider monkey," I said.

"Yeah!  A spider monkey."

"Maybe he's an organ grinder," I suggested.

"Why do they call them 'grinders'?"

"I dunno.  Probably because they turn a crank to make the organ play."

"That's grinding?"

"It's a grinding action," I said.  "Like turning a grinding wheel or something."  I have no idea.

After being together for 10 years, these are the conversations we have.

After breakfast, we decided to take a drive into Bar Harbor to see what the village looked like, so we hopped in the truck with the dogs and took a quick 15 minute drive down Rt. 3.  Parts of Bar Harbor look a lot like Provincetown, parts look like Edgartown and other parts look like Oak Bluffs.  You've seen a few ocean-front tourist towns, you've seen them all.  Sometimes all at the same time.  So after a spin through, we left and decided to go to an RV dealership we passed on the way in.  We had to pick up some black tank treatment ("poopie tank chemicals") and we thought we'd take a look at some rigs because we're thinking of trading up.

They had a nice 2008 Keystone Laredo fifth wheel and one thing led to another and after a little while we found ourselves in the sales office talking numbers with the guy.  We left with the understanding that he'd send our loan application into the bank and see what terms they'd offer.  So we may arrive here with one RV and leave with another.  We'll talk to the guy again on Monday to see what he finds out.

We returned after stopping to buy some mussels and Kathy made a terriffic dinner of lobster, mussels, corn on the cob and cole slaw.  Mm, mm, good!  The evening was chilly, but anticipating it, we brought lots of extra clothes.  So we sat all bundled up by the fire for an hour or so, dressed in sweat shirts, hats and gloves and looked at the stars. 

Day 3 - Sunday October 3
Today was our do-nothing-at-all day.  Just sat around, watched the placid ocean and did nothing. Great time to relax and smell the sea.  We also did a load of laundry.  Good times!

Tonight we sat and watched the sunset by the campfire.  Nice sunset, too.  Mother nature stepped it up a notch from the last one we saw, so good on her.  We got our money's worth.

Day 4 - Monday October 4
We did a lot of nothing today, which was great.  The RV dealership hadn't heard from the bank about the financing terms, which seemed weird, but after calling the bank myself, they said it would take a couple of days to process the application.  All that means is that we'll have to make a special trip to buy the camper if and when everything goes through okay.

It's kind of a pain, but it would be worth it in order to get this specific RV.

So we just relaxed, watched another nice sunset, sat by the campfire for a couple of hours and spent our last day here soaking it all in.

Day 5 - Tuesday October 5
Broke camp and hit the road just before 11:00.  The ride home was easy and uneventful.  I was jealous because Kathy napped a lot, but before too long, we were pulling back in to "shore" and saying hello to the chickens and the cat after our five-day get-away.

Next, our multi-leg journey to the Lone Star State to watch Leslie and Michael welcome the government into their relationship.
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Leslie on

Love these blogs, you two! Happy anniversary, I'm sure there's no better way to celebrate than surrounded by wet dogs and lobster tails. Party on...

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