Looks like the weatherman was right – a good old rainy day. We decided not to let it stop us, though, and off to Acadia we went. You know, even on drizzly miserable days, Acadia National Part is still pretty amazing. I wouldn’t recommend driving up Cadillac Mountain (the highest peak on the East coast (all the way to Rio) at 1350 ft., doncha know!)- the rain and clouds made not only the view invisible, but the road was pretty hard to see too! No photo ops there! Walked around Bar Harbor in the drizzle and by mid day the rain was coming down in sheets, so we headed back to Lizzie to get warm and dry. We had wanted to get some fresh fish for dinner, and although you can pick up a lobsta’ on almost any corner, finding that fresh caught Haddock or whatever, proved to be quite a challenge. Ended up at the supermarket! Geeeezzz. Oh – we did check out a local brewery (along with many other “what am I gonna do on a rainy day in Maine” tourists) and tasted some Blueberry Ale. What’ll they think of next!
We decided to do Blueberry Pancakes – real Maine wild blueberries – with Real Vermont Maple Syrup for dinner. You’d be surprises how yummy that is on a rainy night. Even had some “Bog Blush” cranberry wine that we got in Plymouth, MA. A very New England meal.
Sunday we do Acadia FOR REAL!
August 20th- Evening
Well, we made it to Acadia – or at least just outside in Trenton. The campground is very nice – though we are situated in an area that is a little short of trees. As in an RV Field. Gary has a fire going, so I’ll be heading out to sit with him shortly, but I wanted to jot just a couple of things down before I go.
We did a couple of “firsts” today….
I went into my first fabric stores of the adventure! OK, so that’s not that exciting to the general public, but since I plan to do a fair bit of quilting and such after we settle into our new life, it made me pretty happy. The first place we stopped at was called “Fabric by the Pound” which it wasn’t, but it was pretty interesting. Not only did they have very nice fabric for under $5.00/yd, but they also had “Maine crafts” (looked like fabric sacks and aprons to me), an eclectic selection of notions and knick-nacks, firewood (we are burning some as I type) and a hot dog cart selling both regular and “red” hotdogs. (We got the special – one of each type of ‘dog, a can of soda and a bag of chips for $3.00 – can’t beat that!). All of this along Route 1 heading into Trenton, ME. Go Figure.
The other store was a more traditional quilt shop (no hot dogs), and the prices were more traditional too! It’s called the Quilted Cabin – and it was very lovely. Picked up some “Maine” fabric (one with blueberries and one with pinecones) to make into stars for my memory quilt.
Another first was that Red Hotdog. Anyone know what that’s all about? Except for the outside being bright red it tasted the same.
I also tried a Cheddawurst at a place called Moody’s Diner (also on Rte 1 heading to Acadia). We found that place in a book called Road Food. Just a fun diner – good food (and the Cheddawurst was excellent) and good prices. Coffee is still $.75!
Tomorrow we actually get to Acadia – I think we should have a better plan than we do – but it’s supposed to be pretty rainy, so that may make some changes for us anyway. Everything is very lovely so far (except for the traffic….)
And for those of you who are wondering if I really am going to ever start cooking…. We ate dinner here – Native Corn on the cob and a big salad. Ymmmm.
Out to the Campfire….
It’s pretty crowded here at Campground du Walmart. There are 10 of us this morning –
4 Class A (like us)
1 Class C (with a truck front)
3 Class B (van conversions)
2 Travel Trailers.
The generators did start a little early this morning – but the price is still right.
After we claimed our campsite we headed out to find the ocean. Located a piece of it near Scarborough. We stuck our toes in the cold Maine Atlantic ocean – the water and the late afternoon sky were both crystal clear and it was a perfect end to a travel day.
Off to Freeport and LL Bean. Then up the coast we go to Acadia.
Ah, the beauty that is Maine – isn’t God Good?
I’m sure I’ve missed something along the way, but here are just a couple of shots from the last few days.
Plimouth Plantation –
(that monument looking thing on the shore is Plymouth Rock)
View from Chatham (taken by exhausted bikers)
Notice we had just a little blue sky there.
But I turned around and took this picture of the Lighthouse – the sky did not look quite so encouraging (to those exhausted bikers)
And finally – a shot of Lizzie in her spot at Pinewood Lodge. A very pretty campground…….
Well, we’re getting ready to pack up – so I thought I’d try to do a quick post before we head on our way. The next two nights are scheduled to be Walmart Nights, so this may be my last full power day for a bit!
We left Bellingham, MA early on Monday, and arrived just outside of Plymouth, MA by 8:30AM. Found the new campground, Pinewood Lodge, parked our girl Lizzie and headed off to Plymouth. The campground offered us their Gold Pass for Plimouth Plantation which got us in for $5.00/ea (instead of $22.00!). Needless to say, we were delighted with the bargain. The day was dreary and rainy, so the crowds were small. The Plantation was very interesting. Instead of having guides around, the people in the village are actually role-playing their characters in the 1620’s. So if you say you are from the Philadelphia Area, they are quite puzzled as to where that might be – near Greece maybe? There were some pretty interesting conversations going on! They also have lots of information about the first Thanksgiving – and the actual interaction between the Indians (Wampanoag’s) and the Pilgrims.
From there we went into Plymouth – checked out Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II – an exact as possible replica of the Mayflower that was built in England in 1950 something and then actually sailed across the Atlantic. More actors, but also some guide folks that could answer questions about both the original voyage and the one from the ‘50’s.
Plymouth is a very quaint town – glad we made it one of our stops.
Lobster for Dinner – mmmmmmmmm Doncha love New England!
Tuesday we headed off to Cape Cod. We decided to do some biking, and landed in Chatham where they had just completed 2 mile bike path. Just my speed. Since I hadn’t been on a bike in about 8 years – and even then was not a very confident rider, I loved being off the roads and on reasonably level surface. HOWEVER – it ended right in the middle of Chatham, so we decided to head on into town. I must say the drivers were very bicycle friendly, but riding on main roads (even though they are rural) was quite a stretch for me. After a couple of hours I kept trying to think of some way to have the truck come to us instead of having us get back to the truck. Maybe a taxi? About 10 miles and a couple of sore butts later, we made it back to the truck (where we rewarded ourselves with an Ice Cream Stop!). It was a very fun – though exhausting day. We took 6A back to Plymouth – very scenic, and although not along the coast, still a very lovely ride.
Off to Maine today – before we hit Acadia National Park, I think we’ll be checkin’ out LL Bean!
Oh – the campers next to us here in Plymouth are from Warrington, PA. Go Figure!