Greetings from maine according to dave ...

Trip Start Jun 02, 2002
Trip End Apr 01, 2003

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Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Greetings from Maine,

According to Dave, Maine has been his favorite place so far. The people are some of the nicest, the scenery is lush with green mountains and rocky cliff beaches, and a lobster dinner goes for only $12.95. We ate lobster every single day we and Dave even ate the green stuff. The entire time we were either in Bar Harbor or Acadia National Park, both are part of the same island.

The first night, Wednesday, was the coldest with the temperature dipping into the low 50's. It would be the first time we tried out the furnace in our RV. It works off of propane and as Murphy's Law would dictate, that night we were completely out and it was too late to buy more. We were cold, but hey, we were in Maine and what should we expect? Although we arrived late at night we still went out for lobster because we were Maine, and what would you expect?

Thursday started off with a fun hike up Beech Mountain in Acadia. Acadia has many trails to hike with the biggest going up Cadillac Mountain (tallest mountain in Maine - 1,500 feet). We ate lunch at the summit as we enjoyed the view overlooking the rocky coast and the nearby sandy beach down in the valley. Later that day we met up with Don from Kodak. We grabbed our camera and walked with him and some others down to a pier. He would stop along the way and show us how to take pictures of different things using different techniques. It was a great learning experience for us both and his tips and techniques brought all of my knowledge from that one course I took in college back to the surface of my brain.

The next day we started off in different directions. Dave was dropped off for his four hour hike through the toughest trails the island had to offer. Jenn drove around the park seeing all of the park's natural wonders such as Otter Point and Thunder Hole. She then went to follow the trail next to Jordan Pond. Her hike started off fairly easy, but one wrong turn brought her to the other side of the lake. On her way back, she had to climb over huge granite boulders and the trail was not easily marked. She did make it back in one piece, but her 1 hour hike turned into 2 hours and she was beat. The moment she arrived home, at around 4:30PM, she received a call from Dave from the top of Cadillac Mountain begging for a ride home. Jenn to the rescue.

Later that day, we met up with Don from Kodak at the top of Cadillac Mountain for a sunset photo shoot. It was windy and chilly, but the sunset was awesome. I'm really going to miss Maine.

Saturday started off with a whale watching boat ride. At the dock, it was a cool 79 degrees out. When you get out into the open water, the temperature drops to 45 degrees. At first all we saw were some harbor porpoises swimming through the waves and playing around. Then, we spotted our first whale, it was a finback whale. The captain announced the sighting over the loudspeaker and everyone on the boat made a mad dash to one side. People acted as if money was floating in the water by the way they pushed and shoved each other to get a view. Soon, we were seeing finback whales all over the place with the biggest one measuring over 60 feet in length. One of them even surfaced right next to our ship!

That evening we went to see the Great Maine Lumberjack Show. It was part competition and part comedy act as the two two-member teams competed in ax throwing, wood cutting, and pole climbing events. We had a good laugh even though some of the jokes were very corny. Afterwards, we went to meet Debbie, my old roommate's sister, because she works in Bar Harbor as a manager at Rupununi's where we ate a scrumptious dinner (more lobster) and tasted some of the local brews. We had some good laughs and learned a little about island life in Maine.

On Sunday, we hiked up Beehive Mountain and later ate dinner on the water in Bar Harbor. Jenn did not finish her lobster quesadillas and so we saved them for the next morning so we would have lobster every day we were in Maine.

Got Lobsta? My Maine Squeeze? Maine-ly Livin it up!
Love Dave & Jenn
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