Ah, Bah Habuh!

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
Trip End Aug 03, 2008

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Flag of United States  , Maine
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Oh my goodness! I have no idea where to start. We are so excited to be here and the town has exceeded our every expectation. We imagined a smaller downtown area, but the shops, restaurants, and ice cream parlors seem to be endless. People are serious about their food around here! We have picked out several restaurants we want to try, but I don't think we'll get to them all. Anyway, enough about food...

We decided that today would be a low-key day, spent meandering through the town of Bar Harbor. Even though it was a relaxing day, we covered a lot of ground. We walked and walked and walked some more, and didn't have one moment's pause about doing it. After being in the car the better part of two days, we were happy to pound the pavement for a while. We went into several shops and made mental notes of all of the things we would like to have. Now if we go back and get them...that remains to be seen. I could easily spend a month's salary in these shops!

I had my first taste of lobster today in the form of my beloved chowder. Wes also had chowder for lunch, but decided to back off of the lobster meals at dinner. (He has already eaten some form of lobster three times!)

The weather here is wonderful. Low humidity and a slightly cool breeze in the air makes for a very pleasant outdoor experience. It's so nice to walk outside, take a nice deep breath, and feel revived. It is reminiscent of early fall in NC, my favorite time of year. However, the water is very cold. We overheard a kayak tour guide mention that the water in the bay had finally reached 50 degrees recently and everyone was excited. 50 degrees!!!

An unexpected surprise for the day was our decision to take a lobster/ seal boat tour. This was on my list of must-dos, but I had not planned to do it today. We managed to get on the last tour out for the day and thoroughly enjoyed it. First, we were taken out into the bay to pull up lobster traps. The tour boats are not allowed to keep the lobster, but can set the traps for demonstration purposes. After watching many episodes of "Deadliest Catch" about Alaskan crab fishing, I was imagining that the traps would be brimming with lobsters. The first trap came up and it only had one crab in it (yes, crab). The second one came up and there was a lobster and a crab. The guide was elated. This completely confused me until she explained that out of 12 traps, only 9 of them will have ONE keepable lobster in it - ONE! According to Maine fishing laws, lobsters must be of a certain size in order to be kept. It's a wonder we have the amount of lobster we have at that rate!

After pulling up a few more pots, we headed out to Egg Rock Island to see the seals. It was at least 20 degrees cooler once we got out to the island. Wes and I were both wearing fleece jackets in late July! Everyone had told us it would be colder out there, but we had no idea. Anyway, there were several seals on the rock and even more in the water. We were unable to get too close to the rock because the seals were swimming around in the water. It was fun to watch them playing around, popping their heads up out of the water to check us out.

We headed back to Bar Harbor, walked a beautiful shoreline path at the advice of one of the shop owners, ate dinner, and headed back to the inn to wind down for the day. We are headed to the national park tomorrow to see what we can get into for the next few days. We are excited to go, because we have heard wonderful things about many of the park's activities.

More tomorrow...
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