Bar Harbor & Maine Lobster too!!
Sep 29, 2007
|As each day goes by we are enjoying this part of the country more & more. We continue to be so impressed with the patriotism & pride in our American flag. And the 'hospitality lights' are still plentiful, as well as the stars we see above many garages & door entry's. We love it!
Add to that the glorious colors, the beautiful mountains, lakes stream & forests and all I can say is wow! We took our first driving tour today. It was wonderful.
Heading South out of Bangor we entered the small town of Ellsworth. Quaint but busy. They were having a car show & there were lots of folks out to enjoy the beautiful day. From there on to Bar Harbor. What a neat place! Originally called Eden, Bar Harbor has a world renowned ambiance that blends seashore community, Downeast character, rocky shores, and the famous Maine Lobster.
Very busy down by the harbor though, so we headed up Cadillac Mountain to view the summit. At 1,532 feet, Cadillac Mountain is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard.The winding, scenic road that ascends to the top of Cadillac Mountain is approximately 3.5 miles long and was officially opened in 1931. The view from the top of the mountain was spectacular!
From there on to Bass Harbor to view the small but nice lighthouse. Arriving at the lighthouse we took the path to the left leading to a stairway that followed down the front face of a cliff, eventually arriving at a spot for limited visibility pics. Back on top, I took the path to the right which was a bit closer, but the attached home has a full time light-keeper in residence & to ensure their privacy, I really couldn't get the shots I wanted. Ah well, I think there are many more on down the road.
It was now nearly 6pm & time to head back our way. Unfortunately the days are getting shorter & when the sun begins to go down, so does the temperature! We planned to have a lobster outdoors this afternoon but the time got away from us. Doesn't mean we gave up on the lobster though, no sirreeee!
We found the perfect spot, very informal but very busy. As we waited in line for our turn to pick out the "perfect one", we were informed by several of the locals that we had picked the "best place around" to enjoy our first ever Maine lobster. I grabbed an empty seat as they were very limited, while Larry arranged for our corn-on-the-cob & butter sides. We were given instructions on how to attack these monsters & asked if we had our "jack-knifes". What in the world is a jack-knife? Oh silly, they mean a pocket or pen knife. Yeah, Larry had his jack-knife. I was out of luck as I don't personally carry one!! Just kidding, Larry helped me out.
An hour & a half later, we waddled out of there, fat, dumb & happy! Ummm, ummmm....it was yummy. Too bad I don't have a 24" tall pan so I could cook some up myself. Probably a good thing. I want to taste as many of the local fish as possible as we make our way down the coast. Onyx licked on Larry's hands all of the way home!
We arrived in town just in time to pick up my new laptop. Birthday present from hubby. Not too sure about Vista yet. I was up until 3am working on downloading programs, mail etc. And, I hate the photo program it came with. Don't know what I will do about that just yet. Resizing is a big issue for me as I post lots of pics (as you already know!) & this one is a 5-step painful process...nope, this will never do. If any of you can recommend a program please drop me a line. I'm interested! I am currently on my old 'puter doing this one last post. I hope. Oh, I cleaned my lenses this morning & somehow a hair or piece of lint or something got down into the body of the camera & put a large black streak on nearly all of my 238 pics! I could cry. Soooo, only a few today.
Well, it's time to fix dinner, so you have a good night. We are driving North tomorrow, the 2nd of our driving tours. Can't wait....