High Heat, High Sea, Limited Common Sense

Trip Start Jul 16, 2011
Trip End Jul 31, 2011

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Best Western Acadia Park inn

Flag of United States  , Maine
Friday, July 22, 2011

The heat finally arrived to central Maine yesterday and today. You go by stores and they have signs on the door saying, "Come in.  We have our AC on".  You just don't see that sign back home any more.  The assumption is that the AC is always on from May through September.  Up here it is a big deal to turn on the AC.  We overheard a fisherman saying it was so hot last night he could not sleep.  I think it was in the 70’s last night.  Of course these people probably don’t break out their winter jackets until the there is foot of snow and single digit temperatures.

Yesterday we decided to see the roads less traveled in Maine.  We headed over to Northeast Harbor for lunch then through Southwest Harbor to get to Bass Harbor Lighthouse.  What the names lack in creativity up here are made up for in their simplicity and easy use of a compass.  Each town is unique with its own set of restaurants, local stores and of course, docks.  We made several stops along the way taking in the sites as you can see by the pictures attached.  Pat came to the conclusion that the summers are idyllic here but winters must be brutal.  The wonderful July summer breeze would quickly become a hated northern wind in January.    

After putting about a hundred miles on the car it was back to Bar Harbor for dinner.  We chose the Finback Alehouse in the center of town.  Pat had scallops which she loved while Sarah went for a Hawaii 5-0 burger, which in addition to the ground sirloin, had a slice of grilled pineapple, some thinly sliced Black Forrest ham and a mango BBQ sauce.  She loved it and it stuck to her new mantra honoring George Bush which she calls, “The no pineapple left behind act”.  Actually, this has more to do with Sean Spencer on the show Psych than with George Bush.  I don’t understand the connection between pineapples and the TV show but I don’t understand a lot of what goes on in the teenage mind so why should this be different. 

For dinner I had pulled pork blah blah blah ….. now on to what I had to drink.  If you recall earlier I said that fruit is best served in a flaky crust, etc. etc. etc..  I was wrong.  There is another way it can be served and just as good.  In beer.  That is if the fruit is blueberries.  I know Corona is served with a lime but, to be honest, what else are limes for?  Pat said it looked like a beer lava lamp.  I say it just tasted good.  Once you finish drinking the beer you get to eat the beer flavored blueberries.  A week ago I would have said you were crazy for even trying such a thing.  But color me blue and mark me converted.  It is good.

Today we were supposed to go on a whale/puffin watching cruise, but the tropical storm off the coast is causing 7’ seas so it was cancelled.  We are going to try to tomorrow before we leave for Boston ,if the seas calm down.  We won’t know till Saturday morning.

With no whales to watch, we decided to go idiot watching at Thunder Hole.  Thunder Hole is a rocky part of the coast with a 20 foot crevice that, given the right conditions, when the tide comes in there is a loud boom and a large splash of water.  We have been a couple of times but there has not been much action at the actual hole.  The area is surrounded by rocks to watch the tide come in on that are pretty high up. Or you can throw caution to the wind and stand on the jagged and slippery rocks at sea level as the tide rolls in and out.  Nothing wrong with this plan. But if you are really bold and lack the appropriate brain cells you can take your small child out on these rocks and try to keep from having both yourself and the child from being washed out to sea.  We watched several examples of this.  Sarah made the observation of the day.  Stupid travels in packs. 

Hopefully I will be telling whale stories in my next blog which will come to you from Boston.
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Melissa on

.....suffering from *beer envy*!!!

And tell Sarah she is my new quote of the week. Love it. Have used it twice already today.

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