Low Tide

First hard frost in the morning, Seymour was covered in frosty ice. We stayed comfy inside. The day warmed quickly.

We went back to Hopewell to see what is was like a low tide and walked around on the sea floor.

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Kelp at low tide.

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We ended the day in the shadows of Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park Maine. Katahdin is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, and is located near a stretch known as the Hundred-Mile Wilderness. After dropping off Seymour, we drove to Baxter State Park but found we could not enter because we had Copper with us. No pets allowed! This park is 200,000 acres of wilderness. Inside the park boundary there is no electricity, running water, or paved roads. The leaves are really starting to change, the trees must have communicated with each other that the time has come. We have seen some vivid reds and yellows!

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Is It Mount De-sert or Mount Des-ert?

Just a short drive up the Maine coast on Thursday to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park.  Home to Bar Harbor and much of Acadia National Park.  Mount Desert (typically pronounced des-ert) is the 6th largest island in the contiguous United States.

Some famous past and present residents include:

  • David Rockefeller & Family, Ford Family
  • Cap Weinberger, Secretary of Defense under President Reagan
  • Martha Stewart
  • Actors Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, John Travolta, etc.

Acadia National Park is the oldest American national park east of the Mississippi River. It is also the 8th National Park we visited this year!

Mt. Desert Island is a big island with two main lobes, several small towns and lots of little peninsulas that jut out into the sea. Acadia National Park takes up much of the land, and the whole island is fun to explore.

 

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“One of the most unique aspects of how Acadia National Park formed is that it is thanks to the vision and donations of private citizens who anticipated the dangers that over-development would bring to this area and acted to prevent it”. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., played a critical role by building the  famous carriage roads and by donating over 11,000 acres of land. The Carriage roads were built for those wanting to travel on motor-free byways via horse and carriage.

We drove the park loop, a 27 mile park owned road around the park. We stopped several places to take in the views including Cadillac Mountain.

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We wanted to catch sunset at Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. Carl scrambled down the rocks while I settled for the path and ramp. His photo I am sure will be spectacular…..here is mine just to show what it looks like.IMG_8778.jpg

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We are spending three days here at Acadia …so much to see and take in.

It Started With A Boot

“In 1911, an avid outdoorsman named Leon Leonwood (L.L.) Bean returned from a hunting trip with cold, damp feet and a revolutionary idea. L.L. enlisted a local cobbler to stitch leather uppers to workmen’s rubber boots, creating a comfortable, functional boot for exploring the Maine woods”. And from that boot, an empire was born.

Since we were in Maine, I was adamant I that I wanted to go to L.L. Bean. Well, we did. It is a huge store…..that is it, nothing more. My desire is satisfied and we moved on.  Another thing checked off the bucket list.

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Next stop was near Camden. We set up Seymour and headed out to find some Maine seafood. We stopped at Claws, in the Lobster Capital of the World – Rockland Maine.

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As we walked up to the counter, another couple was just leaving. They asked us if we had ever eaten here before and told us we MUST order the lobster roll and a side of fries…..we didn’t argue. It was delicious.  (**Interesting fact, until tonight I had never had lobster)IMG_8701.jpg

After dining on the porch of the restaurant (no indoor seating) We drove over to Owl’s Head Lighthouse. It is a stubby little thing, only 30 feet tall. However it is situated on a point of land that is quite prominent, so it does the job. The tower was build in 1852 and it has one of the last six Fresnel lenses in operation in Maine.IMG_8721.jpg

So tonight will be interesting. Seymour is parked beneath an oak tree or two or three. The banging on the roof by the acorns that are falling is not only noisy, but startling. Cooper is not a fan, not sure we are either. Wish us luck in getting any sleep.