The last week of June, we went to Acadia National Park with our friends Patty and Mark. We had planned this trip for almost a year and couldn’t wait for it to begin. The day of departure was raining but what did we care, we were on our way to camp in Maine and we wouldn’t be sleeping in tents. It’s about a 6hr drive plus a few potty breaks, lunch and refueling for the vehicles. It was still raining when we arrived at Mt Desert Campground. Patty and Mark’s site was pretty much a straight shot backing up and it didn’t take them long at all. Our site though was following a pattern of being the more difficult site to get into this summer. It was actually confusing trying to figure out which way to enter; there was entry on either side of a couple trees. I almost thought it was a drive-through except a huge tree was right in the way of the turn I’d need to make after unhooking the trailer. So, after about an hour—at least!—I got the camper backed into its’ site. It was challenging because of the downpour, puddles, angles and big tree routes sticking out of the ground.
Wet arrival at Mt Desert Campground
Challenging spot to back into with all the roots
The ground was particularly sloped as you can see by the photos of the camper once it’s unhitched.
How low can it go?
Believe it or not the camper is level
After breakfast the next morning, we headed to the visitor center at Acadia National Park. Last year, Ray and I had bought an annual pass and were fortunate enough that it wouldn’t expire until June 30th. We got in under the wire by a week! We watched the video that talks about the creation of the park and the various activities to do while enjoying the natural beauty of Acadia—not ARCADIA as some are prone to call it. We also purchased a few souvenirs then made our way to Jordan Pond House to walk the 3 mile trail around the pond.
Mark and Patty
Ellalou on the rocks
Bridge at the center of the Jordan Pond trail
Ellalou and Ray on the bridge
Jordan Pond House our start and our destination
After the walk we rewarded ourselves with their famous popovers—I had blueberry crisp since I’m allergic to eggs.
Jordan Pond popover
I think Patty likes the popovers and tea
Jordan Pond blueberry crisp and blueberry tea
Later that day, we went back to the campground and set up our tent. This would be our first time setting up and normally we would do a trial run at home but the tent arrived the day before we were leaving. We already have an awning and a visor so we were pretty familiar with how the PahaQue’ products worked. Once we figured out which was the right side to put in the lower keder rail, the rest went pretty smoothly. As you can see from the pictures, we probably should have extended the guy lines but the ground was so uneven, I don’t think it would have mattered much. A little trivia-our tent room was the first one made after the prototype! Hmmm, I wondered it its numbered?
Tent room is up
Lots of ventilation
Lots of space inside
It seems no matter where we went in Acadia we encountered gorgeous views. From the popular sandy beach that is unusual and pleasantly unexpected to find in northern Maine to the carriage roads, stone bridges, and ocean vistas, each site had its own special beauty. As you might expect, the ocean water is borderline freezing and only children who seem to be immune to the cold temps were playing in the ocean. Oh, right there were also four adults who refuse to believe they are getting older that splashed and played in the ocean. We are Vermont strong!
We brought our bicycles and went for a ride on one of the many carriage roads. Along the way, we saw a sign that led us up a short mountain that rewarded us with more great views. We could even see the cars driving up Cadillac Mountain.
Look at the views
Reward for biking and hiking
View of Cadillac Mtn
Our five days and four nights in Acadia was coming to an end but our vacation was not. The next stop was a small campground in Phippsburg, ME. We learned about Popham Beach from a fellow T@Bber and Vermonter whom we met at the BRR back in April. What should have been a quick 3hr drive took almost twice as long. We ran into bumper-to-bumper traffic on RT 1 and the Tahoe decided to over-heat. I had just had the clutch fan replaced before we left and couldn’t believe this was happening. We pulled over to the side of the road, lifted the hood, called the mechanic and when I couldn’t reach him, called by brother-in-law for his good advice. Not much we could do other than let it cool down. Finally got through to the mechanic and he advised us to drive with the defroster on high (it was 73 degrees and there was a breeze so that wasn’t too uncomfortable for us) and leave lots of space between the vehicle in front of us and monitor the temperature gauge. We did see an ambulance go by while we were waiting for the Tahoe to cool down but still don’t know what caused the slow traffic. Anyway, we made it Popham Beach and tucked into our site. The sites are quite close together but we were there for the beach! The cute little Airstream beside Patty’s R-Pod was also from VT. The Airstream is a 1973 and the owner bought it and restored it but we weren’t offered a tour.
Sites at Popham Beach
Ray’s blanket turned poncho to wear around the campfire
The next morning, we ate breakfast then took our respective cups of coffee and tea, grabbed our chairs and still wearing our pajamas parked ourselves on the beach. What a way to start the day! A few hours later, we returned and donned our suits, water and some snacks and back to the beach we went. This is a beautiful spot and the most amazing number of sand dollars wash up on the shore. I have never found a whole sand dollar on the east coast and that day I found 27! I brought them home along with some other shells not knowing what craft project to do with them, but knowing that I couldn’t just leave them there.
Sand dollars galore
While walking the beach that morning we also saw a pair of seagulls that were chatting away like crazy. Ray and I could just imagine that one was asking where the food was while the other was grumbling about being out so early in the morning. Patty pointed out a sea worm. I had never seen one of these before and they are yucky for lack of a better word. She placed her finger beside the worm for size comparison. The sea worm had legs! YUCK!
Gus and Gertie Gull squawking while looking for breakfast
Pre-run on the beach
We had a great vacation and I hope you’ve enjoyed these few photos. If you haven’t been to Acadia, I strongly suggest you add it to your list of places to visit. There’s so much more to see and do than what I’ve written about. I also learned that I can’t wait this long to write a blog post because I forget everything that I want to say.