Bar Harbor, ME – Part 1

August 7 – August 17, 2016

We left Boothbay Harbor at 9:15 and arrived at Timberland Acres RV Park  around noon.  It was 96 miles and took almost 3 hours.  Hwy 1 all the way, single lane road.  We even got flipped the finger once when there was enough room for this guy to pass us.  Oh well, he needs to slow down and smell the roses like us. A guy in Boothbay told us it would be slow and travel would be bad through Camden, ME because it is called the “Prettiest Town in Maine”.20160807_091247Well, Camden sure is Pretty.  They have a Sea Dog Brewing Company, which I think is a cute name.20160807_091353The Camden Library is Pretty.20160807_091400Pretty houses.20160807_092331Pretty views.20160807_094459Pretty Harbor.  The traffic was not bad, but slow enough for me to take some photos.20160807_101149Coming into Bucksport, you see this.  The Tallest Bridge Observatory in the World.  Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory & Historic Fort Knox. 20160807_101204We really should have come back to see this.  The Observatory is 420 feet tall and is 42 stories.  It is the only observatory bridge in the Western Hemisphere and the tallest in the world.  Fort Knox is Maine’s largest historic fort and Maine’s first granite fort.  Constructed between 1844 and 1864, it was never completed and never saw combat.20160807_101214Beautiful view of the Penobscot Narrows.20160807_101221Cool Bridge.

Arrived in Trenton, ME (the other side of the bridge from Mt.Desert Island)

Timberland Acres RV Park. This is a great park.  The staff plan lots of outings for the guests. We only attended one, but this is a very nice place to camp.20160809_081638Thanks to Ron and Linda Prater, we got a reservation here for 10 days.  Site #216, 50 amp, water, sewer, no cable, but very good Verizon signal.  Our Winegard Rayzar antenna picked up 6 channels, so no Olympic games for me.  It usually does better than that, but not today.20160809_081651So here we are, all set up.  Very long sites and pretty good room between each other.  We look across the street…..20160809_081702and what do we see, it’s a Twin.  Chuck and Debra from Texas.  This gets even better, they bought their Tradition from RVs For Less in Knoxville.  Same place we bought our SunnyBrook (our first 5th wheel).They have had the same problem with their slide. And their front cap was getting foggy too. They have already been to DRV and got the front cap repainted. You can see the difference between their front and ours at the top. We are getting an appointment to get that repaired next spring.20160809_085017Chuck has the little black strips to keep the slide rubber seals in the correct position. We need those. Other than the outside, not much is the same.  We don’t have the same microwave, light scones, wallcovering, bathroom vanity top and light switches.  You would think that the Twins would be the same, built in the same year and are the exact same model number, but no.  We had a great time getting to know Chuck and Debra.

Monday August 8, 2016 – Bah Haba20160808_081920You do not pronounce the Rs in Maine. There is a large island called Mt. Desert Island and Bar Harbor is just one small village on the island.  I never really paid that much attention to where Bar Harbor actually is located.  This is supposed to be a map of the island, but I don’t think I did it correctly.  Let me know if you see the map. Thanks.

graphic of Downeast Transportation year-round busMt. Desert Island has this awesome trolley system, Island Explorer. It takes you all over the island, so you don’t have to drive.  Traffic is terrible and the roads are very narrow.  And it is FREE. There are 7 different routes.  It was very easy to use.20160808_084546We always seem to arrive a low tide.20160808_084604They give you a neat book when you check in at the campground called “Acadia Weekly”. It is published every Sunday.  It gives you the sunrise and sunset times, the high and low tide times for each day. It listed the Cruise Ship arrivals times, so you don’t get caught up in a very crowded day.  There are articles about the area, maps, trolley schedules and a list of things to do and see.  It is very handy, but we still seem to only make it at low tide.20160808_085847Beautiful flowers everywhere.20160808_085901They also have carriage rides. I wish we had time to do that too.20160808_090144Whale watching is big here.20160808_090155Nice hotel with great views.20160808_090423The large yacht on the left is paying about $1,000.00 a day to park there.20160808_100846We made reservations on the Oli’s Trolley for the Acadia National Park tour.  It is a 2.5 hour tour of the park.  It follows the Park Loop Road.20160808_111124Idle was our tour guide.  She is from southern Georgia and she drives trolleys in Yellowstone National Park too.  She was very knowledgeable about the area. The roads are very narrow and there is a lot of traffic.  She did a great job.20160808_095052Beautiful sites on our way to Cadillac Mountain.20160808_095616Down below is Bar Harbor and Bar Island20160808_095624At low tide you can walk across the sand bar to Bar Island.  I wish we had time for that too20160808_095935We started off at Hulls Cove Visitor Center, took the Island Explorer trolley to Bar Harbor. This is a great map of the area. In a couple of days, we are going to drive over to Schoodic Peninsula.20160808_095843There were people everywhere.  The Oli’s Trolley only allows you 15 minutes at each stop, so you don’t get to enjoy a whole lot.20160808_09594320160808_095952The views from the top of Cadillac Mountain were awesome.20160808_10000720160808_09595220160808_100318We made it to Cadillac Mountain, not for the sunrise, but we made it.20160808_102946The meadow.20160808_110216The cliffs.  There are hiking trails up there.20160808_111654This is Thunder Hole.  When the tide is coming in, it is supposed to sound like thunder.  Bad timing again, no thunder.20160808_11173420160808_11174420160808_111959Nice views though.20160808_11200820160808_11204820160808_11222920160808_112312It was very nice.20160808_11241120160808_131950Bar Harbor Fire Department.

Tuesday August 9, 2016 – Bass Harbor20160809_09555320160809_095601Bass Harbor is a very small, less crowded village.20160809_100843The path to the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.20160809_101002Beautiful views along the path20160809_101034The steps down to the viewing area.20160809_101859The lighthouse is in the right corner of the photo.  This lighthouse is still in operation, so this is as close as you can get.  I was not comfortable walking out on those rocks to get a better photo. Sorry.20160809_101803Tour boats along the coast line.20160809_101829Sail boats.20160809_101946It was very pretty here.  I am so glad we came.20160809_104138Drove to the Natural Seawall. Low tide again, but this time it was a good thing.20160809_104018Looking left.20160809_104025looking right.20160809_094337The flowers are so pretty in Maine.20160809_094339The houses are too.20160809_105953Lunch at the Seafood Ketch in Bass Harbor, ME.  Nice view for lunch. It was a beautiful day. I had the escargot and it was fantastic.  Some of the best I have ever had. Cliff had the Seafood Bisque.20160809_11425620160809_183205The least expensive firewood yet.  $2.50 a bundle.  Some places have been $7.00, but most average about $4.00-5.00 a bundle and you have to buy it locally because of the deadly beetles.20160810_121742We received a wonderful gift from Heike and Chris.  It is the Table 7 sign.  It refers to the group of people who met as strangers in Sevierville, TN at the RV Dreams Rally.  By the end of the week, we had become lifetime friends.  We have already met up with 4 of them on this journey.  Hoping to met up with 2 more in Virginia.

Thursday August 11, 201620160811_102649Our neighbor and Twin was changing his anode in his hot water heater and so we decided we needed to do that too.  We headed to Bangor to River Road RV Repair.  Chuck got his aluminum anode there.  Road construction in Maine means something a little different than in Tennessee.  They remove the whole road, down to the dirt.20160811_123827Then we drove over to Tidal Falls.  It is really just rapids that reverse direction depending on if the tide is coming in or going out.20160811_125248And guess what, we arrived at low tide.  No rapids, just a lot of rocks.20160811_125236The water is very clear and you see all kinds of clam shells.20160811_12532320160811_125706They have this cool Tide Clock.  So I am going to jump ahead here to August 16, 2016.20160816_081039We went back to Tidal Falls an hour before high tide.20160816_082241In the picture above where Cliff is standing on the rocks, they are now under water.20160816_082246The tide is coming in.20160816_090549There was a little seal playing around. He would come up and float for a while, then go back under and come back up again.  It was cute. Now back to August 11, 2016.20160811_13105820160811_131102Late lunch at Ruth & Wimpy’s.20160811_13111120160811_13272820160811_133157Cliff had Lobster Stew.


Friday August 12, 2016

We were going to get up at 4:00 AM to watch the meteor shower, but it was too cloudy to see anything.20160812_094500Once we did get up, we decided to drive over to Schoodic Peninsula. This is the only section of Acadia National Park that is on the mainland. Before you get to the park, there is a small town of Winter Harbor. This street ends right at the water.20160812_094732It was beautiful at the end of the road.  And here we are at low tide.20160812_094800Granite stones everywhere.20160812_095145We see a lot of these configurations.  Not sure what they mean.  Maybe it is just people being creative.20160812_100509Beautiful summer cottages along this road that ends at the water.20160812_10053220160812_100701Pretty church20160812_100814The sailing club.20160812_101340Post Office in Winter Harbor, ME20160812_102038Acadia National Park visitor center.20160812_104523First stop is Frazer Point. At this point the road becomes one way around the peninsula.20160812_10540620160812_104649More rock formations. 20160812_113802It is 1:00 in the afternoon and the fog is so thick you can’t see much.20160812_113812This is Schoodic Point.20160812_113811-PANOGoogle Photos made a panoramic view for me.  It looks better on the computer.20160812_114108Miles of granite.20160812_11445620160812_111959The fog is starting to lift.20160812_115231Thought I was back in Florida for a second.20160812_115554Drove right along the shore line.20160812_120852Got to Prospect Harbor and it is still foggy.20160812_120859Big lobsterman.20160812_12102720160812_154138Decided on an early dinner at Union River Lobster Pot.  The most expensive meal so far and not that impressed.20160812_185003New friends, Chuck and Debra are the 2 on the right.20160812_185005Rick and Diane are from Maryland20160812_185021This family from Mass. Ben is the field spaniel.  They did everything they could while they were here with their son Brian. Great family.

Bar Harbor Part 2 coming up next.