Hail-A-Palooza….We Got Hailed Upon Once Again

Jordan Pond

Jordan Pond. Acadia National Park, Maine

Day 59    August 7

This was our first day in Acadia National Park! My first thought was to take the free public bus into the park. My second thought was to just drive in so that we’d have the doggies with us all day.

Trixie in the space shuttle. How could you possibly leave this critter all day?

Trixie in the space shuttle. How could you possibly leave this critter all day?

The doggie plan won. Having the dogs with us gives us much more flexibility as to how long we can stay out and about. We can take them on hikes with us, feed them dinner on time, and accommodate their needs should the weather change drastically during the day.

Mark threatened to buy this for me at the Acadia NP gift shop

Mark threatened to buy this for me at the Acadia NP gift shop

The park was busy all day, and we did have a couple issues with parking. As in, we couldn’t park at a couple of places. We could have, had the inconsiderate folks driving cars, not taken the RV’s Only parking spots. WTF is with that?

We had a spectacular day in Acadia. Of course, it wouldn’t have been quite as interesting without some weird weather. Late in the afternoon, we found ourselves in another downpour, followed by a brief hail storm. I can’t even remember now, whether this was the 2nd or 3rd time this summer that we’d been hailed upon.

Northeast Harbor

Northeast Harbor

Northeast Harbor

Northeast Harbor

Northeast Harbor

Northeast Harbor

When the short-lived storm cleared up, we went to the restaurant at Jordan Pond for some of their famous popovers. Turns out that popovers weren’t anything like we thought they’d be, but they were delicious things!

Jordan Pond

Jordan Pond

Relaxing at Jordan Pond

Relaxing at Jordan Pond

Jordan Pond

Jordan Pond

Popovers, jam, and tea

Popovers, jam, and tea

The timing was right, and after having popovers, we drove to the top of Cadillac Mountain to watch the sunset. Unbelievable….it had started storming out again, and we were met with a deluge of rain and lightening and thunder. We waited it out, comfortably, in the Space Shuttle. And when the storm finally did subside, we had a look around at the glorious views.

@ the top of Cadillac Mountain

@ the top of Cadillac Mountain

@ the top of Cadillac Mountain

@ the top of Cadillac Mountain

@ the top of Cadillac Mountain

@ the top of Cadillac Mountain

@ the top of Cadillac Mountain

@ the top of Cadillac Mountain

@ the top of Cadillac Mountain

@ the top of Cadillac Mountain

@ the top of Cadillac Mountain

@ the top of Cadillac Mountain

@ the top of Cadillac Mountain

@ the top of Cadillac Mountain

By time we returned to the campground, the rain had completely stopped, and we took the dogs out for one last walk before bed time. And we bought some blueberries. Huh?

So, yes, there was a family with two kids, camping in the space across from us. The kids had been out picking wild blueberries, and had set up a blueberry stand. They were selling the berries for one cent per berry, and so we stopped and bought 25 cents worth.

The boy counted out the berries one by one, and we ate them one by one. This food handling probably wouldn’t pass a health department inspection, but, we took a chance anyways. We did draw the line when he tried to pass one off on us that we clearly had seen him drop on the ground.

Apparently we were the kids’ only customer that evening. That’s us…doing our part to help the economy!

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