Maine Vacation – Part Two

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Our two days in Bar Harbor were glorious!  Lots of sun, just enough breeze for sailing – and perfect temperatures.  We really appreciated the cooler weather.  We knew full well that our Loved Ones back in Memphis were simmering in their own stew.  We fully realized how lucky we were to have the opportunity to get away to cooler climes, if even for a few days.

We stayed at a place just north of town called The Colony at Hulls Cove.  It’s got a mid-century feel to it, being a collection of little white cottages of various sizes.  I couldn’t find a website.  We found the place through Trip Advisor, if I remember correctly.  Bar Harbor is jam packed in the summer.  We booked two months ahead and had trouble finding anything at all, let alone anything affordable.  We were happy to find this – and enjoyed our stay very much.

 

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We had two cruises booked in Bar Harbor.  Both were on my birthday, which made for a grand celebration for me.  The first outing was on the Lulu, a lobster cruise.  The boat’s captain was very knowledgeable and gave us a thorough overview of lobsters and lobstering.  We learned a lot about the environment and how the lobster industry works to protect their very valuable natural resources.  The trip on the Lulu may have been my favorite part of the vacation – not only because of the education but because he took us out to the lighthouse and got us very close to the rocks and the sealife there.  Loved it!

 

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Can you see the lobsters in the trap in the lower right corner?  We caught three or four.  All too small to keep.  But it was great to learn more about them in the process.

 

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The lighthouse was my favorite part.  The rocks are full of seals.  Plus there were two young Bald Eagles on top of the lighthouse.  The water action on the rocks was just beautiful. This was a terrific little cruise.

 

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We got much, much closer than this.  I was so struck by the beauty of the place.

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You can see the eagles on the left of the roof.  One of them took off while we were there.  Magnificent birds!
We felt so lucky to have seen these two.

 

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Then, later that afternoon we went out for a sailing excursion.  They switched boats on us, so I’m not sure which boat we were on.  We had a good time, nonetheless.  Jack really enjoyed helping to raise the sails.

 

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The view of the harbor just before setting sail.

 

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The sails were really large and quite heavy.  They had two teams working the lines.  The little boys kind of got lost in the shuffle, but the men were actually pulling some weight!

 

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The boat nearest us is the one we sailed on.  We were supposed to go on the inner one, but she appeared to be in the middle of an updating.

That evening we celebrated my birthday at Stewman’s Lobster Pound.  They have two locations…one downtown on the harbor and one on the edge of town at the Regency Hotel.  The Regency was near our hotel, and since we were kind of tired, we opted for that location.  That was a good choice!  No crowds…and the lobster was great.  It was Jack’s first.

 

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The next morning we poked around town a bit before heading north again.  There’s a great place just up from our hotel called The Tool Barn.  They specialize in antique tools.  Jack could have spent the whole day there.  I enjoyed it too.  They have stuff other than tools.  I bought a Fuller Brush, still in the original packaging, for two bucks.  I’m going to use it every day.  They have two other locations.  I have been to the original one, and it is HUGE!  This one was a surprise.  I had no idea it was there.

 

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There was a sculpture garden across the road from the Tool Barn.  Many of the pieces needed some TLC, but there were a few that were in pretty good shape.

 

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Have I mentioned how much I love the flowers in Maine?  I do.  Very much!

 

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On our way to points North, we stopped to enjoy a scenic outlook that gave us a distant view of Mount Desert Island.  It was hard to leave that place!

 

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But, there’s more to come!

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