November 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

It was a good summer in that we had a lot of work. But that meant I had little time to document our adventures. We’re in between projects right now, so I’m going to write a few posts about our late summer and fall.

We hadn’t been on a proper vacation (you know, where you leave your house for a few days, spend lots of time doing nothing, and start happy hour shortly after lunch) in at least 2 years. What with all the packing up 20 years worth of life in Silver Spring, starting a business, renovating our new house in Five Islands, and settling into our new town and our new life . . . . So we decided to take a short trip to Acadia National Park with friends Tom and Sandy. They have been coming to Maine with us for a few years, and Tom has been begging us to take him to Acadia for just as long (partly because of the great rock climbing). We were happy to finally oblige him (accept the climbing part, too much exertion for us).

We rented a house in Southwest Harbor, on what is considered the “quiet side” of Acadia. It was a lovely house. The only disappointment was that nearby Mexican restaurant XYZ was closed. We’d actually chosen the house in part because it’s walking distance from XYZ. Doh! Ultimately, the best food we ate during the trip was at home. Sandy and Robert made some lovely meals, and Tom washed the dishes. I convinced them all that I had a back injury and couldn’t lift a finger. Suckas!

Anyway, here are some of the highlights from the trip. One day we hiked a very easy trail near Southwest Harbor. Tom and Robert skimmed some rocks on the river.

We had a lovely lunch at Thurston’s Lobster Pound in Bernard. You can’t beat the view from Thurston’s, and the food was tasty too.

After lunch it was time for the real hiking. We chose what we thought would be a moderately challenging hike, but we read the map wrong and ended up on one the park’s four “ladder trails.” Of course, we didn’t know this until we were already halfway up the side of the cliff. I thought that once I’d climbed one vertical ladder (and not knowing there were three more!) I should just get to the summit rather than back down that ladder and risk falling off of a mountain.

One day we went biking in the park after driving to the top of Cadillac Mountain. We had lunch at the Jordan Pond House. The famous popovers were delish.

Acadia is absolutely beautiful and it was a wonderful trip, just not long enough.


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