Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, Maine

Trip Start May 30, 2013
Trip End Jun 08, 2013

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

After a good night in Portland, we hit the road for Mt Desert Island and Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. We love visiting national parks because they tend to be outstanding examples of the what nature can do when left alone and protected. Acadia was no exception. We got our park map and started our trek along the Loop Road, looking for areas where we could get out, walk and hike and of course take pictures.

On top of Cadillac Mountain (1530 ft) it was very windy, with gust probably of 30-40 mph! It was all we could do to stand in one place, though it was kinda fun feeling Mother Nature's power.. From there we decided to do the Ocean Trail hike that really brought us right down to the rocky Maine coastline. And it was awesome--such beautiful views near sunset, watching the Atlantic beat against ancient rock with pines clinging to them while sea birds soared and dipped around us.

While driving around the Loop Road, we saw that there were many wide paths intersecting the road. We learned these were carriage roads that were construction during the time that rich folks like Rockefeller and Vanderbilt had immense summer "cottages" built on the island and used horse-drawn carriages to get around. We saw some of the gates, cottages and beautiful stone bridges that were apart of this old network.

As dusk was falling we headed to Bar Harbor for dinner and found a great eclectic little place called This Way Cafe. Great food and another great local beer brewed right on the island. But the best part of the meal was the appetizer called "Alittlebit". It had everything Dave loves, roasted garlic and red pepper, olive tapenade all on hot cast iron plate covered in melted asiago cheese. They give you toasted Italian bread and you scrap all that good stuff together and built a perfect bite. It was unique and delicious!

After that great dinner, we went to the sweet B&B Dave found called Aysgarth Station Inn. It's run by a nice young couple, Jane and Steve, and their two cats. The one gray cat looked just like she could be Gus' fat older sister! Jane is from England and got all the room names from famous estates in the UK. And I liked their logo. : ). They showed us to our quaint room and we settled in for a good soak in the jacuzzi tub and restful night's sleep before the next days adventures.
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