Ocean to Ocean
August 8 to 11th
Here we are in Ellsworth Maine. Hard to believe we have been on the road for two months, but we have. We have driven a lot more miles than we thought it would take to get here but we have seen some really great things along the way. As they say it is not the destination but the journey. As Larry said, at least we were faster than Lewis and Clark!
We all put our toes into the Atlantic in Acadia National Park. Acadia National Park was the first national park east of the Mississippi River. It really is a beautiful place. It is a large park on Mount Desert Island. There are about 41,000 acres and most of it is not accessible by car. It really is best seen by hiking or by carriage. We did neither. There are freshwater lakes, granite cliffs and boulders and crushed shell beaches. We took the road around the island, along with at least 1,000 of our closest friends. There were spectacular views around every curve and bend. The Fine's and the Fontana's put their toes in the Atlantic at Sand Beach. They were the only ones who could find a parking place there. The Evans and the Pellegrini's put their toes in at Otter Point. We ended our trip around the park with a drive up Cadillac Mountain. It is the highest point on the Atlantic shoreline at 1530 feet. It is also the first spot in the United States to receive sunlight each morning. We will have to take their word on it as none of us were willing to get up that early to check it out.
We also visited Deer Isle and the little town of Stonington. It was about a half an hours drive from our campground. The roads wind through lots of small towns and villages and lots of ups and downs in the road. One thing to say for the roads out here is there is not a straight road from one town to the next; they all seem to wind around. But that is part of the charm of the place.
Stonington is one of the busiest fishing villages in Maine. It is also a very busy harbor. They do lots of lobstering out of this port.
We all had to try a Lobster Pound for dinner. One was recommended to us, Down East Lobster Pound. We are not sure why they call it a pound, but it really is a fish market and a little restaurant, outside eating only. We all had the one pound lobster dinner. You got a lobster, corn on the cob, coleslaw and roll for $14.99. Wish we had taken a picture of it for you. They cook the whole lobster and set it on a tray along with the rest of the dinner. At least they had instructions on the tray how to eat a lobster, because we were all rookies! We weren't sure Bonnie was going to eat hers as she would have been more comfortable if they didn't leave on the head with the eyes!
We all did some exploring on our own and we did spend several hours setting up our itinerary for the next month or so. We were a little apprehensive about Labor Day weekend. So posted below are the places we will be until September 23rd.
August 12 to 15 Alfred, Maine (we will see Kennebunkport from here)
August 15 to 22 Mansfield, Mass (The Fines, Fontana's & Pellegrini's)
Brimfield, Mass (The Evans & the Fine's will join them on 8-20)
August 22 to 25 Cairo, New York (We will see the Hudson Valley)
August 25 to 30 Florida, New York (We will see New York City)
The Evans will leave here on August 27th
August 30 to September 6
Intercourse, PA (This is where we will spend Labor Day. We will see the Amish country, Hershey Park, Gettysburg, and Philadelphia)
Sept 6 to 23 Lothian, MD (we will see Washington Dc, Atlantic City and lots more)
Well, you are all caught up on our travels to date. Tony and Juliann are cooking dinner tonight for all of us and we are looking forward to it. Larry is baking a Maine blueberry cobbler for dessert. One thing for sure, we are eating well.
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