Were We Abducted By Space Aliens?

Low tide @ Lubec, Maine

Low tide @ Lubec, Maine

Day 63      August 11

August 11th was a day full of crazy shit.

First of all, somehow, after doing a crap load of laundry the day before, we’d ended up with more laundry to do in the morning. Maybe it was the doggie blankets, I don’t really remember now. But really, how much laundry can you create while living in a van?

Next was the funny woman we met at our campground. She had recently purchased an Airstream Interstate, just like ours, but newer. And, just like we were a year ago, this woman was absolutely clueless about how to operate her space shuttle. She was begging us for help when she couldn’t figure out why her vehicle was beeping. Uh, how ‘bout putting on your seatbelt? Yep, that.

Next crazy thing was me talking to AT&T and finding out that our most recent bill was $575. WTF???? Put them on the list of companies I hate.

We left our campground and headed up Route 1, just a little ways, to Schoodic Point, which is separate from the rest, but still, part of Acadia National Park.

Schoodic Point

Schoodic Point

Fiona @ Schoodic Point

Fiona @ Schoodic Point

Schoodic Point

Schoodic Point

Snorkeling

Snorkeling

A little help....please.....

A little help….please…..

Gumby & Pokey do another photo shoot.

Gumby & Pokey do another photo shoot.

Schoodic Point

Schoodic Point

Man in nature

Man in nature

Check out the view from up here

Check out the view from up here

Wheeeeeeeee!!!! We made it to Schoodic Point!!

Wheeeeeeeee!!!! We made it to Schoodic Point!!

Schoodic Point

Schoodic Point

As we were parking Fiona in what definitely seemed to be a “no parking” kind of spot, we were approached by a ranger. He wasn’t coming to tell us that we couldn’t park there, but he was coming over to talk to us about our RV, and to weasel his way into getting a tour of the inside. Seems he plans to retire in about a year, and wants to get a space shuttle just like ours!

We finally had to get on our way, said goodbye to Acadia National Park, and headed north. Just as we were leaving Schoodic Point, we saw a cow on a leash in somebody’s front yard. Yeehaw!! Must be Maine!!

It was early evening when we arrived in Lubec, Maine, the easternmost town in the USA.

Welcome to Lubec!

Welcome to Lubec!

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The sign-in board, as you enter Lubec

The sign-in board, as you enter Lubec

We walked around the tiny town, watched the sunset and marveled at the extreme low tide. Met some really nice local peeps watching the sunset, and more nice local peeps inside the local tavern.

Lubec

Lubec

Low tide in Lubec

Low tide in Lubec

Lubec

Lubec

Lubec

Lubec

The main street in Lubec

The main street in Lubec

Fish mural in downtown Lubec

Fish mural in downtown Lubec

Tiny little main street in Lubec

Tiny little main street in Lubec

Cute little town with cute little storefronts.

Cute little town with cute little storefronts.

Lubec

Lubec

It was in Lubec that we thought perhaps we’d been abducted by aliens, ‘cause the time indicated on our cell phones, kept switching back and forth by an hour. And Mark’s phone and my phone weren’t in agreement about what time it was either.

Finally, we figured out (‘cause one of those nice local peeps told us) what was happening. We were literally, at the border to New Brunswick, Canada, and New Brunswick is on Atlantic Time…an hour ahead of Eastern Time. Our electronic devices were confused, as they kept jumping back and forth to the Canadian networks and picking up the Canadian time.

Low tide @ sunset. Lubec, Maine

Low tide @ sunset. Lubec, Maine

Low tide @ sunset. Lubec, Maine

Low tide @ sunset. Lubec, Maine

Low tide @ sunset. Lubec, Maine

Low tide @ sunset. Lubec, Maine

August 11th was a day full of crazy shit, but it stopped short of including alien abductions. Phew.

We’ve Mastered The Art of “Dumb Luck!”

Officially @ Acadia National Park

Officially @ Acadia National Park

Day 61        August 9

When your day starts out at a microbrewery, that is a great day. This day was a great day! Remember, when I say, “starting out” the day, I mean noon, ‘cause that’s just about the time we’re hittin’ our stride for the day.

The day started with no set plan. We commenced our wandering about Acadia National Park and the surrounding environs. I’m still not sure, without consulting a map, when we were actually inside of, or outside of Acadia, and it didn’t really matter.

When we saw the signs for the Atlantic Brewing Company, and Mainely Meat, right next to each other, we knew it was gonna be a spectacular day! Ends up that the two businesses are right there on one property, making for a one-stop lunch stop.

Lunch time!

Lunch time!

Lunch @ Mainely Meat & the Atlantic Brewing Company

Lunch @ Mainely Meat & the Atlantic Brewing Company

I liked my beer so much, that I went for a little swim in it.

I liked my beer so much, that I went for a little swim in it.

We had a great lunch…fantastic pulled pork, and killer baked beans, along with a couple local brews. And then we hit the brewery shop for some take-out beers with which to restock our fridge.

So many beers to choose from!

So many beers to choose from!

Fully fueled, our next stop was Beech Mountain, where we picked one of several hiking trails, and just went for it…no map, no info, no clue…as usual. We happened to pick a fairly steep and extremely rocky path to the top. I was worried about the dogs being able to keep up, when, clearly, I should have been worried about me keeping up!

Starting our Beech Mountain hike.

Starting our Beech Mountain hike.

Following the boys up Beech Mountain

Following the boys up Beech Mountain

After dragging all four of our butts to the top, we were richly rewarded with the most awesome of views!

@ the top of Beech Mountain

@ the top of Beech Mountain

@ the top of Beech Mountain

With our little bendable friends @ the top of Beech Mountain

@ the top of Beech Mountain

@ the top of Beech Mountain

@ the water tower @ top of Beech Mountain

@ the water tower @ top of Beech Mountain

We soaked in the beauty, rested in the shade for a while, rehydrated, and then took a different way back down. This worked out great, as the path wasn’t as rocky or as steep, plus, we got to see completely different views. We certainly picked a fabulous hike!

The view on the way back down Beech Mountain

The view on the way back down Beech Mountain

The view on the way back down Beech Mountain

The view on the way back down Beech Mountain

The view on the way back down Beech Mountain

The view on the way back down Beech Mountain

Enough hiking for one day. We hopped back in the Space Shuttle, and headed in some such direction as seemed interesting at the time. Not really sure how we picked our route. We ended up at Bass Harbor, in the town of Bernard. Bass Harbor seemed to be one big lobster fishing harbor. I’ve never seen so many lobster pots in my life!!

Bass Harbor

Bass Harbor

Bass Harbor

Bass Harbor

Bass Harbor

Bass Harbor

As luck would have it, Bass Harbor also had a lighthouse, the Bass Harbor Head Light. Somehow, all of our “winging it” had totally paid off today!

Bass Harbor Head Light

Bass Harbor Head Light

Bass Harbor Head Light

Bass Harbor Head Light

We completed the day by making another trip up Cadillac Mountain to view the sunset. This time we had no rain and no hail…just pure sun, turning into darkness.

Me, looking pretty dang serious. Working on an Instagram @ Cadillac Mountain.

Me, looking pretty dang serious, working on an Instagram @ Cadillac Mountain.

Sunset on Cadillac Mountain

Sunset on Cadillac Mountain

Sunset on Cadillac Mountain

Watching the sunset on Cadillac Mountain. It’s a spectator sport!

Sunset on Cadillac Mountain

Sunset on Cadillac Mountain

Portrait of Dax @ sunset on Cadillac Mountain

Portrait of Dax @ sunset on Cadillac Mountain

Sunset on Cadillac Mountain

Sunset on Cadillac Mountain

Fiona. Waiting to go down the mountain after watching the spectacular sunset on Cadillac Mountain.

Fiona. Waiting to go down the mountain after watching the spectacular sunset on Cadillac Mountain.

And in the evening, the appropriate beer for the appropriate daily activities.

And later that evening, the appropriate beer for the appropriate daily activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cannibalism & Bad Hair Days

Thunder Hole. Acadia National Park, Maine

Thunder Hole. Acadia National Park, Maine

Day 60    August 8

I tried to get a haircut today. It didn’t quite happen.

In the morning, we drove into Bar Harbor to look around. I spotted a trendy looking hair boutique downtown, and, as luck would have it, they could squeeze me in at noon. I was very excited to get my rat’s nest worked on!

Bar Harbor, Maine. Great sky!

Bar Harbor, Maine. Great sky!

At noon, I showed up as directed. But after a very lengthy conversation with the stylist about what miracle she’d be doing for me, she no longer had time to perform said miracle. Apparently, if you’re gonna talk and look at pictures for 45 minutes, you should do it prior to your hour-long appointment.

I left my appointment looking exactly like I did when I walked into my appointment.

And, back to Acadia we went to immerse ourselves in nature.

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Thunder Hole

Thunder Hole

Thunder Hole

Thunder Hole

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

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Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Eager to get some exercise, we hopped on our bikes and headed out on one of the beautiful carriage roads in the park.

@ one of the carriage roads

@ one of the carriage roads

Away we go. Doin' the carriage roads.

Away we go. Doin’ the carriage roads.

Wait for me!

Wait for me!

We rode for quite a while, but when we decided we should head back, we couldn’t figure out exactly how to get back.

We shoulda paid attention to the signs!

We shoulda paid attention to the signs!

Wheeeeee!!!!!!!

Wheeeeee!!!!!!!

ugh...uphill

ugh…uphill

We took a couple of wrong turns, and had to double back on the trail a couple of times, before finding the branch of the road that we’d come in on.

We agreed that we were very unprepared hikers and bikers, and there was a pretty good chance that, if we had kids, we’d get lost somewhere and have to eat our kids to survive.

End of the day. Back at our campground.

End of the day. Back at our campground.

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!