Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

WHERE HAVE WE BEEN?

If you are asking that question because we have not posted anything in a while….then I will fill you in.  We are still in Maine and still in Trenton (just outside of Bar Harbor).  We have not moved for 20 days but yet we are still so busy.  Our reason for not writing is not because there is a lack of things to do and see; instead, it is simply because we have not had time.  Surprisingly, we have to make time to sit down to write; as well as, doing other “chores.”  There are motorhome needs like cleaning filters, filling batteries, checking fluids, running generators, etc.  And there are “house” chores like cleaning windows, laundry, mopping floors, etc. 
Taking a break during
a bike ride through Acadia. Too
beautiful of a view to pass up. 
Enough of what we have not been doing, here is what we have been doing……  Acadia National Park has been our playground.  We have biked the carriage roads, hiked the trails, and kayaked the lakes.  But the great thing about this area is that there is so much more to do.   I had the good fortune of taking to the sea with a lobsterman where I worked an 8-hour day instead of playing tourist.  Betsy has been busy helping her brother Mark at The Maples Inn.  We are trying to learn the ropes so we can inn-sit for a week in early September when Mark takes a much needed rest and heads to his hometown of Chicago.  (Please don’t forget to come back Mark!)

We have been able to spend time with old friends - and meet new ones - and had some of the most enjoyable meals.  Who knew that the Acadia park ranger Richard could make such delicious molasses gingerbread cookies and his wife Line is the queen of delicious salads.  Then there is Bruce, a neighbor who lives across the street from the Inn, who can run circles around Emeril in the kitchen and make the kind of pizza that makes your mouth water.  Our friend Bonnie brings us laughter, company, and a cute yellow lab, Ivy, that reminds us how much we love labs.  All of us have had several lobster bakes together, especially after I brought home a dozen freshly caught lobsters from my day at sea.

Another one of our great activities is to share Maine with our New Orleans friends who want to catch up with us.  We have been fortunate enough to get together with our dear friends Angela and Irwin who have a home in Belfast, Maine.  We camped at a park in Belfast for several days in late June especially so we could spend time with them, including appetizers, wine, and dinner overlooking Penobscot Bay.  Just one of the many special evenings we have spent with friends and family along the way.  We can’t wait until more of our friends join us this month and next.

Enjoying dinner with  Mark, Irwin and Angela at the RV park in Belfast.  It was
such a special occasion we bought a new picnic table cloth
Stay tuned because we have blog ideas in our heads and our fingers are still typing.  In the meantime here are some pictures to enjoy. 

Betsy and Mark walking over to Bar Island near downtown Bar Harbor.
While on Bar Island we came across three white-tailed deer that were obviously
used to seeing people.
Dennis my lobster man grabbing a buoy.
One of my jobs was to band the claws.  No fingers got pinched so I must have done it right.
Once the lobsters were banded, they went in the tank.
The tank filled up so fast that we had to start another, and then another.
My other job (which was less fun and much smellier) was to fill the bait bags
with herring.  After a few hours on the water in the hot sun, the fish was nasty.
Bruce (Dennis's Father-in-law) boiling up our bounty.
Betsy picking wild Maine blueberries on one of our bike rides in Acadia.
Enjoying the view of Frenchmans Bay from downtown Bar Harbor.  A great
place to eat ice cream and people watch.

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