One of my favorite moments of the day was when we discovered the town's version of the "soup nazi". In Cape Cod last year, we found the "sandwich nazi" and this year we heard about the "bagel nazi"
. She makes the best bread in town, often for the local restaurants. When we went to a restaurant called McKay's last night, I really, REALLY enjoyed some bread they served. The waitress told us about the woman who owns the Bagel Factory. It's a little place off the beaten path, but it is well worth hunting down. She warned us that the baker is a little tempermental (don't wear sunglasses or talk on a cell phone inside her shop), but the bread she bakes is yum! Wes and I found her little place not too far from our inn, went in, placed an order for the bread we wanted, and was told to come back about 1:30. Whenever we came back, the bread had just come out of the oven and was smelling up the entire shop. The baker was not very threatening at all, but you could definitely tell that she would happily put you in your place if given the opportunity. :-) Anyway, we took the bread back over to the inn, and devoured a loaf instantly (after Wes had dropped it on the sidewalk in the rain, by the way - 5 second rule definitely applied).
I have attached some pictures from Bar Harbor that I don't believe I have shared thus far. The picture of the hydrangea is particularly worth noting. Most of the hyrdrangea blooms are larger than my hand. This is apparently not uncommon around here. I just could not believe how large they grew. Another picture is of some of the classic lobster boats floating in the harbor today as the fog and rain loomed. This, to me, is a picture of coastal Maine like I am accustomed to seeing. Wes captured the day perfectly with this picture.
Tomorrow we begin to make our way back home. We will be staying in Parsippany, NJ, mainly because this was the only place anywhere near Allentown, PA that we could find rooms available. This doesn't exactly get us the 10 hours we hoped, but it will get us halfway. Apparently, we forgot to consider the fact that the race in Pocono, PA was going on this weekend. Oops!
Well, in a perfect world, I would be writing about us going to Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, Jordan Pond, and places like that. Unfortunately, it rained most of the day today, so we wound up going in and out of our favorite shops trying to keep dry. We did not succeed in doing so; our shoes and pants were soaking by the time all was said and done! By the end of the day, it was so cool, we could actually see our breath outside. Wes finally had to break down and put on jeans! Even though our last day was a soggy one, we still enjoyed the day by leisurely doing what we wanted in town, eating the last of the spoils we would get to partake of, making our final Bar Harbor purchases, and relaxing on the front porch of the inn.