Day 113 Rockport Maine
Trip Start May 07, 2008
205Trip End Nov 22, 2008
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We woke to a lovely calm morning with the river full and still. A view worth having for the price of an overnight stay at one of the best RV parks we have visited so far. The Facilities were spacious and clean and the sites large and grassed with a view of the water and a maximum of 6 RV's, great and congratulations to the owners (Ward & Harriet)
We chose to follow the scenic route and programmed Mandy to do this, it was an interesting departure around a couple of turns we were not expecting but we did eventually end up on the road we had guessed we should be travelling along.
The route took us along the 1A, the posted scenic route, well we must have a slightly different understanding about "scenic" . The road was narrow and at times wavy and bouncy, even though it is sealed, as well as a tree lined avenue similar at times to a tunnel affect, with the occasional tantalising glimpse through the trees along the left hand side of some bays or water. Certainly only the odd glimpse of water and the occasionally wind down to a bay to show us a lot of boats moored in coves, but just enough to annoy us to wonder what views we were missing.
Never mind we were not overly fussed, simply the question of interpretation of Scenic!
The goal was to find the sea port of Bar Harbor, for some reason this has called us to visit. Through a town called Ellsworth and down onto what is called "the All American Road" to Bar harbor and the Acadia park.
None of the travellers had any expectations of what we would find in Bar Harbor, but we certainly we not prepared to come across a really busy tourist destination, with cruise ships in town. No place to park The Castle anywhere close to the busy main street, and the amount of people flooding the sidewalk reminded us of the town of Skagway in Alaska, with the cruise ships and tourists.
We found a "park" for the Castle and headed to the main street shopping.
We walked up and down in and around the cruise tourists, over hearing snippets of conversations such as; "Tell them we are off the cruise ship and they give us 10% discount." ( yes well that is off the 50% marked up for the privilege) to a possible "local" complaining to the friend; "Why do they always put the price of Lobsters up in the summer?" (Maybe to make some money from tourists)
We noticed the price per pound of cooked lobster was $18/lb, MMMM? Two nights ago Rick had one cooked and served for $9/lb and last night was offered fresh caught at $4/lb, We wonder who considers the price of lobster in Bar Harbor a good deal!
We decided we can do without any "special lobster type" souvenirs, and headed back to The Castle to roll out and take the circular route around the Island and back up to highway 1.
We had a good run through some picturesque villages with the traffic becoming heavier and more consistent. The towns/villages have some wonderful old New England houses, all well maintained and the small roads through the towns and the trees, gave us a reminder of a lot of the TV programs or movies. (EG: Gilmore Girls or Mystic pizza).
The trees are beginning to turn with the odd slash of red and golden leaves starting to warn everyone that fall (Autumn) is coming, (Sept 1st) and maybe we will still be slowly dropping south during this period to enjoy the effects of the colour change, hopefully without the cold catching up with us!
We have booked into an RV Park in a small place called Rockport, right on the "beach" (the walk to the beach is 283 steps from the Castle downhill and it is an overlook of the sea with a drop of around 20 ft to large rocks and with the tide down, these rocks are covered in sea weed, there are lovely seats to sit on to watch the water as well as observe the Windjammers sailing out in the bay/sea.
This area is famous for the sailing history and the Windjammers, including Americas oldest and longest sailing Windjammer, built in 1885. We are going to look into taking a cruise on a windjammer for a couple of hours most likely tomorrow.
We have struck a small challenge for this weekend coming, it is Labour day weekend, for the people of America, so being a long weekend and the last of the summer, we may be challenged to find a spot in an RV park. Something we will deal with, but not a great hurdle to overcome by the travellers.