Friday, July 1, 2011

Acadia National Park, Maine

I realize it's been quite a while since I posted, but I hadn't realized how long it's been until I signed on. The usual excuse. Busy.

We took a trip to Maine this past month. We rented a cottage on Mount Desert Isle, about 3 miles from Bar Harbor, Maine. A little bit off a main road, the cottage was part of a cluster of 4 buildings surrounded by trees. There were 3 rental cottages, plus a house for the owner. They were advertised as dog friendly, so of course we took the dog. Bar Harbor is a very dog friendly town, and she made a lot of new friends while we were walking around.

But I digress. Since it was a little bit over 1100 mile drive, we took two days to do it. Pretty much all through either rain or drizzle. Dark clouds as far as the eye could see.

It didn't let up once we got there. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were all rotten days. I took a few photos, and we wandered through town a lot. Mainly we just rested.

On Wednesday it started to get nicer. We ended up spending all afternoon out on the ocean, on a whale watching cruise. We saw two small finbacks, but they don't really put on a show. All they do is break the water when diving, so all you get to see is there backs. We did get to see a large number of White Sided Dolphins. The naturalist on board estimated there were 50 or so swimming around the boat. I was lucky enough to be in front and was able to look down into the water and watch them surf the bow wave. It was pretty cool. The other thing we saw was birds. Primarily seagulls, but we did stop at an island where the Puffins were nesting. All in all, a good afternoon.

The rest of the week, the weather cooperated. We drove around the park, hiked a bit, saw a waterfall and generally had a good time. It ended all too soon.

We had to be out of the cottage early Saturday, so we were on the road early. We ended up driving pretty much straight back, stopping at two am for a short nap. It's hard to nap, when the dog is pacing back and forth in the back seat. 26 hours after we left, we pulled into the driveway.

I didn't photograph near as much as I would have liked. I did take some photos and burned some film in the 4x5. It was a great time though and a much needed vacation.

I will have to go back though.

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