I Freakin’ Hate The Letter “A”

Parish Church of Mont-Carmel

Parish Church of Mont-Carmel

Day 66    August 14

By day #66 of our big trip, I was getting freakin’ tired of the letter A. Not really tired of the whole alphabet yet, just the A.

When we were driving, we’d listen to music from my iphone (plugged into the USB port, and coming in loud and clear on our stellar stereo system). But every freakin’ time I’d re-start the phone, or we’d stop somewhere and then start driving again, the song “A-1 On The Jukebox” by Dave Edmunds, would come blaring out.

Freakin’ drove me nuts!! I never could figure out how to stop that from happening. Seems that the system wants to always start playing with the first song, alphabetically speaking, on my phone.

Damn freakin’ “A.” And the song, “A-1 On The Jukebox,” damn that too. I’d die happy if I never have to hear that again…ever!!

Moving on here…we left the campground in Moncton, and started the short journey to Prince Edward Island, or PEI, as it’s commonly known. We crossed over the eight mile long Confederation Bridge, marveling at the feat of engineering, as well as at the almost gale force winds that greeted us.

Clever (and snarky) sign at the campground in Moncton

Clever (and snarky) sign at the campground in Moncton

Weird Canadian road signage.

Weird Canadian road signage.

On the 8 mile long Confederation Bridge.

On the 8 mile long Confederation Bridge.

A fun sign, welcoming us to PEI.

A fun sign, welcoming us to PEI.

We ignored the uber windyness on PEI, and headed out on the North Cape Coastal Drive on Rt 1A (ironic, no? we were on the 1A, and were also plagued by that increasingly irritating song “A-1 On The Jukebox. coincidence? I think not!).

On the 1A towards Summerside.

On the 1A towards Summerside.

There was a ton of cool stuff to explore as we drove clockwise around the island. A cool old church, glass bottle houses, beautiful scenery.

Parish Church of Mont-Carmel

Parish Church of Mont-Carmel

Parish Church of Mont-Carmel

Parish Church of Mont-Carmel

Parish Church of Mont-Carmel

Parish Church of Mont-Carmel

Parish Church of Mont-Carmel

Parish Church of Mont-Carmel

Cool graveyard @ Parish Church of Mont-Carmel

Cool graveyard @ Parish Church of Mont-Carmel

Cool graveyard @ Parish Church of Mont-Carmel

Cool graveyard @ Parish Church of Mont-Carmel

Cool graveyard @ Parish Church of Mont-Carmel

Cool graveyard @ Parish Church of Mont-Carmel

Cool graveyard @ Parish Church of Mont-Carmel

Cool graveyard @ Parish Church of Mont-Carmel

Cool graveyard @ Parish Church of Mont-Carmel

Cool graveyard @ Parish Church of Mont-Carmel

Cool graveyard @ Parish Church of Mont-Carmel

Cool graveyard @ Parish Church of Mont-Carmel

Glass Bottle House

Glass Bottle House

Glass Bottle House

Glass Bottle House

Glass Bottle House

Glass Bottle House

Glass Bottle House

Glass Bottle House

Glass Bottle House

Glass Bottle House

Glass Bottle House

Glass Bottle House

Lucky us, we found a nice campground for the night, right on the waterfront…Crystal Beach Campground. And lucky us, we arrived early enough to be treated to a most beautiful sunset. A great ending to a great day!

Our home for the night

Our home for the night

Sunset @ Crystal Beach Campground

Sunset @ Crystal Beach Campground

Sunset @ Crystal Beach Campground

Sunset @ Crystal Beach Campground

Sunset @ Crystal Beach Campground

Sunset @ Crystal Beach Campground

Sunset @ Crystal Beach Campground

Sunset @ Crystal Beach Campground

Blue, Mark, & Trixie pose for one last portrait of the day

Blue, Mark, & Trixie pose for one last portrait of the day

Blue, Mark, Trixie, and Dax in the background...bed time.

Blue, Mark, Trixie, and Dax in the background…bed time.

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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.