We spent the first three nights of our trip in Bar Harbor (or Bah Habah as all the cutesy merchandise in all the gift shops in the area calls it, although we never heard anyone actually pronounce it that way) for one reason and one reason alone: Acadia National Park.
If you didn’t already know, the one thing that Terry and I love doing together the most is hands-down, without question, hiking. When we first planned this trip we were hoping to do ALL THE ACADIA HIKES. Okay, not really, because with 120+ miles of trails that would take us a long time. But we were hoping to spend a good chunk of our time hiking, with the occasional lobster or blueberry dessert break thrown in. We both even bought new hiking shoes and everything. We meant business.
Then, as often happens, life threw a teensy weensy little wrench into the works. A few weeks before we left for Maine, Terry was in Atlanta for a few days, and brought home a nasty cold. Okay, NBD, colds clear up. And his mostly did, but the weekend before we left he went to a concert up in Cleveland and has been sick ever since (just adding this to the list of crappy things that have happened thanks to the city of Cleveland…). As we were driving through New York on that first night, I wondered if maybe this cold Terry had wasn’t bronchitis, because he was hacking up a lung pretty much non-stop. In addition to being extremely annoying (just keeping it real), this also limited the amount of hiking we were willing to do since being sick + colder temps than we were used to + higher altitude would be too much.
The good thing about all of this is that we hadn’t actually planned any hikes. One of us (me) has the tendency to over-plan and over-schedule out every minute of our vacations because I want to see and do everything, which is apparently not restful. So before this trip we did do a little research here and there, but went into it with no plans and no expectations. So when we decided it would be best to limit hikes to shorter distances so Terry could breathe, it didn’t feel like we were missing out on anything.
We talked to the innkeepers where we were staying and they highly recommended driving the entire 27 mile Park Loop Road that goes around all the major attractions of the east side of the park (this is the most visited side, by far). She also told us to make sure to go all the way to the top of Cadillac Mountain, which is the highest point on the North Atlantic seaboard. So here’s a bunch of pictures from that first day.
Park Loop Road
And that concludes day 1! Travel blog posts are probably just as fun as vacation slide shows used to be 🙂