Lobster and Lumberjacks

Trip Start Jun 13, 2009
Trip End Jul 03, 2009

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Our first full day in Maine started with a trip to Walmart to get Sigrid's car lubed and then we were off to Acadia! After visiting the visitor center, where Madeline asked a million questions, we proceeded to the Blackwoods campground to secure a spot for that night. We were told to come back in a half hour, so we started wandering around the south end of the island and ended up at the Wildwoods Stables. Madeline had been thinking about doing a carriage ride anyway, so we could check out all the miles of carriage/bike/hike only roads that were built by J.D.Rockifeller Jr. After purchasing our tickets for a two hour ride up and around Day Mountain that afternoon, we headed back to the campground, got a site, and pitched our tent. Over the past few days, the idea that we needed some kind of signage on the car had been forming, so the day before we had purchased some window paint and we now took the opportunity to write "Wave (smiley face) We're from Washington State" on both sides and "Pass Us... We're Gawking at the Scenery!" on the back. With the time remaining before the carriage ride, we continued to explore the south and central areas of the island, then it was back to the stables to catch our carriage. Our carriage driver (whose name we can't remember) and Toby and Rex (our Belgian draft horses) took us on a beautiful meandering ride up the mountain where the fog even cleared enough to have a bit of a view. We also got a lot of history about the building of the carriage roads and interesting anecdotes about the island and its inhabitants, for example: Martha Stewart, who has a summer home on the island, once tried to use a store's phone rather than the pay phone outside and after the employee told her that the phone was for employee's only, she asked him if he knew who she was, he said no and told her it was store policy that all non-employees had to use the pay phone; she stormed out and complained to the first person she met on the street, she asked him if he knew who she was, he said "Yes Martha, do you know who I am?" She didn't; he was J.D.Rockifeller Jr. After our carriage ride, we decided that we needed to eat lobster, for the first time, while we were in Maine and luckily we sat behind a couple on the carriage who had eaten at just about every restaurant on the island and they told us that, unequivocally, Beal's was the best. We drove to SouthWest Harbor to Beal's, it was a hidden little restaurant on a pier of its own, tucked right next to the Coast Guard Building. It was quite crowded so I guess the secret was out... anyway, not knowing anything about lobster or how much we could eat, we went in and the girl who was filling orders helped us by explaining how much people tend to eat and picked out a 3.16 lb. lobster to share She said it might not be enough to fill us up, but we were barely able to make it through the whole lobster, which was so delicious, but there was just so much and it was so much work to get out and it cost so much! After we were finished eating, we rushed off to see Timber Tina's Maine LumberJack Show, which we had driven past that morning and then found a brochure for at Beal's. We arrived a little late, but all we had missed was the chopping through logs with axes; the show included pole climbing, axe throwing, obstacle race, log rolling and much, much, more (don't worry Sigrid took some video). We drove back toward the campground, deciding that we both needed showers quite badly and luckily there were coin showers near the campground, so we stopped to get clean. We both had four minute showers, the shortest showers of both of our lives and probably the most expensive, but so worth it! We hurried back to our tent to hit the sack for the early morning excursion we had planned for tomorrow.

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