Later, on the road as the miles went on and we crossed through New Hampshire and into Maine we observed many interesting signs such as "Blind Person," "Deaf Child" and "Moose next 5,500 feet." Mom and I thought that one was really specific, and that they could have just said "Moose next mile." But whatever, it's not our state....We also saw "Brake for moose- It could save your life, hundreds of collisions." I don't think that one was supposed to be funny, but it kind of was hehe. We also saw what we think is New Hampshire's largest attraction,"Santa's Village
," where it's always Christmas and there is always a Santa's lap to sit on. It's basically a winter/Christmas theme park for children, and it was PACKED! All surrounding parking lots were full, traffic was backed up on both sides of the road and they even had a guy directing traffic. I thought it might be fun to see in order to scoff at, but we decided that would be too mean so we continued on. I dare you to click on the link above and check out the madness ;).
Our main(e) goal (hehe that's a pun) was to see Acadia National Park. We have heard tales of it's beauty so we figured we should check it out. Oh boy was it beautiful! We didn't have that long to visit it as we had been on the road most of the day, but we heard that it is gorgeous to see at sunset so we thought we would be ok
. That meant we were forced to buy the park entrance pass for $20 that is good for seven days and we would only be there for 4-5 hours, oh well. So in order to maximize our sight seeing we followed the park loop and stopped at Sand Beach, Thunder Cove, Jordan Pond and Cadillac Mountain. At Jordan Pond we got out of the car and walked along the trail around the lake. The lake was so gorgeous, and very clear. The "Bubble" mountains as they were called reflected in the lake nicely. To get to to the summit of Cadillac Mountain we drove up a very windy road. Right when we reached the top, the sun was starting to set over the islands around us and turned the sky all kinds of beautiful orange and pink colors. When it got dark we drove back down the mountain and out of the park. There were way too many people on the island that housed the park and in the cities just outside to get a hotel room, so we had to drive to Bangor, ME and we got a room there for the night.
We were terribly sad to leave Vermont in the morning, but we knew that we had to get moving. As we traveled farther North through Vermont and into New Hampshire we noticed that the kind of people living in the towns started to change. I guess southern Vermont has a more small town resort feel to it and northern Vermont is a little more hearty and mountainous people feel. It's hard to describe, but if you ever see it, you will understand. After we were on the road for a little while we decided to stop for breakfast at a restaurant that our hotel manager suggested to us. It was called the "Mooselook Restaurant" as we have been in moose country lately, and have been anxiously waiting to see one (no luck yet). The food was great, and the restaurant itself was interesting. It was a real mom and pop place where locals go all the time and have a regular standing order upon walking in. It was a little rough around the edges for my taste, but they had good food and it was fun to people watch.