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 2, 2014

A Week with Friends and Dogs

Delilah ready for the trail.  She may be
small but she is mighty.
The last week flew by.  Our RV slash New Orleans friends, Nancy and Ginger, came for a week-long visit. They made their way up here from their summer home in Vermont via Portland because Ginger and her adorable corgi Delilah had a dog agility competition.  (To be fair all three of her corgi's are adorable.)  And before I break into everything we humans did and ate, let me say that Delilah (with the help of her proud mom Ginger) achieved the highest AKC agility title awarded. Congrats ladies!

We love having people come to Maine and visit us because it is a place we love so much with lots to do. For the outdoor enthusiast, this is paradise.  The hiking here is great and well diversified.  If you want long, strenuous, ladders to climb, easy, scenic, shady, and technical trails – you've come to the right place and Acadia National Park (NP) will deliver.  And the best thing about the trails is that your pooch is welcome to come along. Acadia NP's pet-friendly attitude is a stark contrast to western NP's where dogs are only allowed in developed areas such as campgrounds, “villages,” and roads.

The first place we took our friends was to the Acadia NP visitor center. This logical first stop provides an orientation film, park diagram, offers information and maps, and a bookstore/gift shop. From there we took a quick drive on the Park Loop Road and meandered our way up to the famed Cadillac Mountain. Cadillac Mountain is the highest point (1,530 feet) in Acadia and offers fantastic panoramic views of Bar Harbor, Frenchmen's Bay and the surrounding islands. There is an easy paved .3-mile Summit Trail that exploits all the jaw-dropping vistas on top of the mountain.  Or for the adventure seekers, you can opt to hike up to the mountain summit.

Spectacular views of downtown Bar Harbor and Frenchmen's Bay
Nancy, Ginger, and Me.  
No trip to Acadia NP is complete without time spent on a Carriage Road. We introduced Ginger and Nancy to this wonderful and unique feature figuring they would want to spend time exploring them on the days we would be slaving away at our jobs. We took a nice hike along Eagle Lake, summited Connors Nubble and then meandered back to a Carriage Road where the downhill trek led us back to the parking lot.

Betsy and Nancy at the top of Conners Nubble

Corgi Delilah
Spirit dog

When you come to Maine there are a few things you have "to do."  First and foremost, you must eat lobster. For all of you readers who are worried that our eating habits have resulted in Homarus americanus (a.k.a. lobster) now being listed as an endangered species here is proof there are still a few left.  

Lobsters and steamed clams

Nancy, Ginger, Me and Betsy's brother, Mark at one of our favorite lobster pounds

We were so glad our friends decided to come up to Bar Harbor and hang out with us for a week. Unfortunately, the time passed quickly and it was soon time to say goodbye.





5 comments:

  1. I love that name, Connors Nubble! Let's go hike a nubble today...love that! ;-)

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    1. I game to hike anything that is only 500 feet tall. Sure ain't like the mountains out west.

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  2. Well, there may have been a few lobsters left, but that was before you took your friends out to dinner... ;c)

    Beautiful pictures, well worth the hike to get up and see those amazing views! We haven't been to Acadia, yet but are looking forward to it.

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    1. We're back to eating chicken so the lobster population can rebound.

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  3. That's interesting about dogs being allowed in Acadia. I absolutely despise that rule out west as if my baby Emmi was some sort of pariah!!!

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