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.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Bar Harbor, Baby!

We made it to our summer resting spot near beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine! Bar Harbor (well, technically the nearby town of Trenton) will be our home for the next three months or so as we delve into the Maine culture and relish in the many new adventures that await. We have vacationed here plenty of times before but never for this long in one stretch. There are plenty of activities to keep us busy in this extensive wilderness playground so when we arrived a week ago we let out a big “Yea!” and happy sigh as we know we will be here for an extended time.

Jordan Pond is a great place for a walk before indulging in the famous Jordan Pond House popovers.
This summer we will be work camping again but I expect it will be quite a change from last years experience in remote Idaho. We traded in last years Army Corps of Engineers red sweatshirts and the duties of a small campground for the corporate world of a large private RV park conglomeration. We are at an Encore property called Narrows Too and have already been informed we will start our gig with three days of training. But until that training starts and the work shirt goes on, it is time for us to play and get reacquainted with the hiking trails, fishing holes, local eateries and old friends.

We planned our arrival date to coincide with the Taste of Bar Harbor's Pub Crawl (and if there is something I consider myself pretty good at it is pub crawl). We love the energy of Bar Harbor and the endless calendar of events – whether it is birding festivals, art walks, or wine tastings – we are set to try it all.



We hit the ground running trying to make the most of our time before work starts. The days have been filled with hiking the trails and carriage roads in Acadia National Park and our nights having dinner with Mark and friends. Our busy schedules mean that we haven't been spending much time around our campsite but from the people we have met we are sure to have a fun summer.



One of the reasons we picked Bar Harbor for three months is to spend time with Betsy's brother, Mark, (who runs the Maples Inn in downtown Bar Harbor) and other friends we have made over the years. We've introduced you to Mark before but in case you forgot here is a link to a past post about the Inn and a reminder picture.


Getting settled in a town you're familiar with is very pleasant and comfortable. We already know the important things like where the grocery store is, when the farmers market opens, where to drop recyclables, and who has the best clam chowder. As a bonus, our RV park is located just a short drive from an L.L. Bean Outlet store and there are 3 lobster pounds within a quarter mile. That's right, I said “three” lobster pounds within walking distance. At $5.49/pound I think we can justify eating lobster a couple of nights a week. 

So stay tuned as we settle into a fun and familiar town where we can't wait to share our adventures as the summer pushes on. Some friends have already said they will stop by and see us and hopefully more of you will head this way so we can show you around a place we love. That is . . . on our days off.



7 comments:

  1. Have a great time at your new workamping job, but please! Leave some lobsters for the rest of us! ;c)

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    1. How about if we just eat the little ones?

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  2. how fabulous. . .we spent seven weeks up there exploring last summer. . .not near enough time. . .can't wait to see it all again through your eyes.

    Janice
    http://readytogofulltimerving.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Janice - three years ago we were in Maine for 4 1/2 months and that wasn't enough time either.

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  3. We're going to be in Bar Harbor in August. Any chance you'd be willing to share the name of the place that has the best clam chowder??

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    1. So far, the Thirsty Whale is winning for clam chowder. But the lobster bisque at Duffy's is out of this world. Look us up when you get to Maine - we may have discovered better.

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  4. we are so looking forward to our visit in a few weeks. csn't wait for you to share all your Bar Harbor tips as we have never been before. and of course, can't wait for all the delicious lobster and Nancy-cooked meals.

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