Bar Harbour & Acadia National Park

Trip Start Sep 28, 2009
Trip End Oct 12, 2009

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cynthia and I flew out of Seattle on a red eye flight to Bangor, Maine via New York then Boston then Bangor.  We picked up our rental car in Bangor then drove to Bar Harbour. We stopped at a tourist info centre to pick up some maps etc. The lady we talked to suggested that we drive into Acadia National Park then drive up to the Cadillac Mtn summit as the weather was going to change for the worse the next day.  So off we went up the mountain.  We had a great view of Bar Harbour and surrounding area but unfortunately the clouds were rolling in so our photos could have been better.  We drove down into Bar Harbour to snoop around some of the quaint stores.  Bar Harbour is quite quaint with lovely homes and scenic views of the water.  We had dinner at a seafood restaurant where we had lobster stew and a salad.  By the time we reached our motel we were both like the walking dead as we had been up for over 35 hours.  Needless to say it was off to bed......I slept for 11 hours!
Acadia National Park is supposed to be the most visited national park in the nation.  In the early 1900's John Rockefeller and others started buying up blocks of Acadia to prevent developers from getting their hands on the land.  Acadia is an area on the eastern coast claimed for France by Champlain in the early 1600"s.  The land was eventually turned over to the federal government who established the national park in the 1920"s.
The next day we awoke to sunny skies.  We headed back up Cadillac Mtn for some better photos.  My thrill for the day was seeing the Queen Victoria anchored in Bar Habour.  She had made her inaugural voyage into Bar Harbour earlier that morning.  The whole town came out to greet her!  The Queen Victoria is the ship I did my world cruise on in 2008 so she is close to my heart........I love the QV!
We spent the rest of the day driving around the park seeing rugged coast line, lakes, ponds, hiking trails, trees,granite and the Thunder Hole. The fall foliage is not yet all we had hoped for.  The maples are turning a vibrant red but the yellow and oranges of aspens etc are just starting.  Apparently, the fall colours will be at their peak in about 1 1/2 weeks.  People who come to Maine for the fall foliage are called "leaf peepers"  We have been doing a lot of peeping! While driving around the park we did see some wonderful fall foliage.  We also poked around the quaint harbour town North East Harbour.
We had lunch and dinner at Jordon Pond. We were served popovers, a tradition at this spot for over 100 years. Popovers are basically the same as Yorkshire pudding but sweeter.  They are served with butter and strawberry jam and absolutely yummy! 
The next day we drove north along the coast and believe it or not went back into Canada.  We went over to Campobello Island which is actually in Canada ..... for the life of me I can not  figure out location it looks like it should belong to the US.  It is a similar situation but not quite the same, as Point Roberts.   We were politely grilled at the Canadian border about why we didn't have our purchases with us and why would we be retuingrn to the US for another 10 days!  Our destination on the island was the summer home of Franklin D Roosvelt and family.  FDR's mother and father bought a place on the island as was the case with other wealthy New Yorkers etc.  Franklin spent every summer of his youth on the island.  The family eventually built the present house.  Franklin, his wife Eleanor and five children continued to holiday on the island until, in 1921, Franklin was diagnosed with polio.  He came up from New York to join his family on the island apparently already showing some signs of the disease.  After a day of arduous exercise he started to show signs of paralysis.  Five weeks later he was taken off the island on a stretcher unable to walk.  He only returned to the island a few more times between 1921 and 1939.  The park is unique in the fact that it is an international park funded equally by the Canada and the US.
After crossing back into the US we drove along the coast back down to Bar Harbour.  We went to the Quoddy Lighthouse, the most eastern lighthouse in the US.  We saw a lot of scenic, ruggest coastline and also went to Schoodic Point.
Fro dinner we went to a ``lobster pound``.  At a lobster pound you pick out your lobster which is then put in an rope bag, tagged and taken outside to a cauldron where the water is heated to boiling by a wood fire.  The lobster is taken out, placed in the metal tray and served to you with the clarified butter.  I didn`t try a lobster opting instead for a lobster roll.  Lobster pounds are located all up and down the coast so I will be brave and try one later in the trip.
On Friday we head to Wells, Maine where we will spend a week in a timeshare.  From there we w

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