Bar Harbor - and Acadia National Park

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

After a soggy day in Saint John we were feeling pretty hopeful for our Bar Harbor day - especially after all the bragging about it I've done all year! Sure enough it was a gorgeous bright sunny day with NOT a cloud in the sky. However it was the coldest day yet. The boots I bought in Sydney have proved themselves worth their weight in gold - not just in comfort but in cozy warmth too. As have the hats and blue jeans I threw in the suitcase at the last minute! Thank goodness for Princess laundry!

Anyway- about Bar Harbor ... It is just as wonderful in freezing October as it was last year in warm September! We tendered off the ship on one of the first tenders and zipped up to the Ollis Trolly booth for buying Acadia Ntl Park tour tickets. I hadn't prebought them due to weather uncertainties. We booked the 11:00 tour which gave us plenty of time to tour about the little town and for Mike to begin taking the first of his 360 pictures he would ultimately take of Bar Harbor and the Park. Can you get the idea he liked this port?

The Trolly tour is very interesting as it winds up Cadillac Mtn thru the park. The colors weren't out in there full glory quite yet but we certainly got the picture. We heard all about the fire of 1947 that destroyed an enormous part of the 'island' but Mike commented that it is the deciduous trees that have grown and filled in that actually make the park so beautiful.

It was in the early 1900's that very wealthy men like Mr Rockefeller and Mr Dor had the foresight to petition the government to turn the land they bought and then donated, into a park. Mr Dor died with only $200 to his name - the rest of his considerable fortune he had spent in his quest to save Acadia from development. We thought it was just amazing that men so long ago, in a land that was so scarcely inhabited, realized that Acadia was a treasure and should be preserved.

We had promised ourselves a lobster roll 'somewhere' so this was the place. We had the most delicious rolls absolutely stuffed with lobster (we actually should have shared) and finished that up by sharing a piece of famous Maine Blueberry Pie which was excellent indeed!

After such indulgence I force marched Mike along the shore path that mom and I had discovered last year. It is a beautiful walk and winds passed some lovely old 'cottages'.

We had time for another look thru some shops before tendering back to our beautiful ship.
This evenings entertainment aboard included one of our favorite shows ' the staff talent show'. Usually always we know at least one staff member who is participating and this time Kalmag, one of our sweet waitresses in the International Cafe was doing a traditional Bali dance. We promised her we'd sit right up front so we could cheer for her and it was sooo cute when she spotted us despite the spot lights in her eyes!

So that is Bar Harbor - another day on this amazing cruise!
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