Back in the USA!

Trip Start Aug 14, 2009
Trip End Aug 25, 2009

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Departing OQC was bittersweet.  Jim was ready to hit the road...but I loved the city and could have stayed another day.  The drive to the Canadian/USA border was only about 1 1/2 hours and the time went quickly until we arrived at Customs!  Although the line wasn't too long, there was a bus in front of us and about four guards talked with every passenger and they opened various compartments to check for ... whatever!  When it was our turn, they asked me to take my sunglasses off to match my photo.  They proceeded to look through the back seet and luggage area...even opening a suitcase or two!  They were very polite...but all business.  It's tough to get back home!

What an amazing drive!  The drive between the Canadian border and the East Coast of Maine was gorgeous.  The two-lane road went by pristine lakes and followed the river the entire way.  We pulled off the road a few times for those photo opportunities.  We left OQC about 7am and arrived in Trenton, Maine (7 miles from Bar Harbor) about 2pm.  We checked in our cabin-like room at the Open Heart Inn and ventured towards Bar Harbor. 

We spent the afternoon in Bar Harbor, viewing the water and boats, and driving around the island.  We drove along the water near the center of the island - the homes were amazing and the views fantastic.  I thought that's what the entire island would be!  It seemed only a small portion was like that, though.  The town of Bar Harbor was a fun place to visit.  For those familiar with Michigan, it could be Petoskey!  We stopped by two marinas on the island and the boats varied in size from small row boats to giant yachts.  We spoke with a woman from Massachusetts at one of the marinas.  She and her husband were on their 48 ft. sail boat, sailing to various destinations.  She suggested a few places to visit and sites to see.  It was very helpful because Maine is a little overwhelming!  Tomorrow we’re headed down Highway 1 along the coast and we will stop in the Camden/Rockford area.  That comes highly recommended!

We stopped at a local lobster shack on the bay for dinner.  We compared this to Seinfeld's Soup Nazzi!  Cars were parked on the side of the road as far as you could see and the line of locals and visitors was out the door!  Some people were buying for a dinner...and some were buying cases of lobster (fresh and cooked!)  When it was our turn to order, they opened a cooler and displayed two sizes of LIVE lobsters!  These poor little crustacians had rubber bands around their pinchers (wise decision) but their beady eyes were still looking at me.  I just couldn't do it...order one to eat.  Jim did order a small lobster, though, and they placed it in a net bag...told us we were #11...and then we stood in line to pay.  The process took another 20 minutes!  I did order a nourishing dinner of fresh corn on the cob and blueberry pie!  The restaurant tables...inside and out...were full, but I asked two women if we could share their table.  While Jim was waiting for our order, I had fun chatting with both of them!  They were visiting from Nova Scotia and when they come to Bar Harbor, they always go to this lobster shack.
Jim decided that eating lobster was too much work!  He needed a lesson from these two women on the best method to crack the lobster and find the meat.  Of course, I had to cover the tray when the stomach was exposed and they said..."don't eat that!"  Yuck!  Jim decided to stick to cheeseburgers.

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