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ROADSIDE VIEWS (Acadia NP - ME)



DAY 5




ATTENTION!

Since we are going to be here in Acadia National Park for two weeks and we'll be taking hundreds of photos, I thought I'd bring you a slideshow of each day's highlights in a separate post. At the end of the two weeks you'll get our typical post including campground and travel reviews, along with our daily musings of what we've been doing when not out taking photos!


One the way home after our bike ride around Eagle Lake this morning we took a chance to see if the Cadillac Mountain Summit Road was still open this late in the morning. During the day, when there simply isn't any more parking available on Cadillac Mountain, the rangers will temporarily close the road leading up to the top. We were in luck and the road was still open at 11:00AM, so up we went.

In the short time we've been here in Acadia National Park we've learned, if the weather is clear, get outside and see something, because most days it's foggy and/or raining.

We didn't expect to make it all the way to the summit again, like we did the day when we first arrived. It was late in the afternoon then and most people were all ready done with their sightseeing for the day.

About three quarters of the way up the traffic came to a stand still. We waited a short time to see if it would once again start to move before deciding to make an 8-point U-Turn on the narrow winding road. We headed back down to the first roadside pull out we came to and lucky for us it's the only other one on the mountain with a parking lot. It has spaces for about forty cars and it was also full. While I joined the line of cars waiting for a spot to open up, Tricia hopped out and walked a short distance away and started taking pictures.

Maybe 10-15 minutes later I secured a parking spot and joined her for a little walk around just to "see what there is to see". Most all of the pictures in the slideshow were taken from within walking distance of this parking lot. I'm so glad we came back up Cadillac Mountain again, because last time we only walked around the actual summit and didn't see any of the sights on the way up or down.

P.S. The road was closed when we left Cadillac Mountain.



An eagle eye view of Eagle Lake, where we just finished our bike ride.
The fog is still covering the outer islands and waterways.
This ranger was trying to locate a bat that they had tagged the night before.
A rare, near empty space on the roadway of Cadillac Mountain.
Another view of Eagle Lake, the largest lake in Acadia National Park.
Does anyone know what type of flowers these are?
A manmade breakwater to protect the cruise ships from ocean currents while at dockside in Bar Harbor.


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EAGLE LAKE BIKE RIDE (Acadia NP - ME)



DAY 5




ATTENTION!

Since we are going to be here in Acadia National Park for two weeks and we'll be taking hundreds of photos, I thought I'd bring you a slideshow of each day's highlights in a separate post. At the end of the two weeks you'll get our typical post including campground and travel reviews, along with our daily musings of what we've been doing when not out taking photos!


This morning's photos were taken on our bike ride around Eagle Lake.
It began and ended at the Eagle Lake Carriage Road parking lot.
The loop around Eagle Lake is about of six miles and we took nearly two hours to complete.



Our ride got off to a very foggy start.
But the skies quickly cleared up and the haze lifted.
Nothing but blue skies now!
That's Cadillac Mountain on the left.
This was the only wildlife we saw on the ride.
Nearing the end of the loop.
ROVER awaits us just on the other side of this bridge.


HOW TO TAKE CONTROL OF THIS SLIDESHOW

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TRICIA's MORNING WALK (Acadia NP - ME)



DAY 4




ATTENTION!

Since we are going to be here in Acadia National Park for two weeks and we'll be taking hundreds of photos, I thought I'd bring you a slideshow of each day's highlights in a separate post. At the end of the two weeks you'll get our typical post including campground and travel reviews, along with our daily musings of what we've been doing when not out taking photos!


All of the following photos were taken on Tricia's five mile early morning walk today.
It began and ended at our campsite at Blackwoods Campground in Acadia National Park.
Most shoreline photos were located on a peninsula known as Otter Point.





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CADILLAC MOUNTAIN (Acadia NP-ME)



DAY 1




ATTENTION!

Since we are going to be here in Acadia National Park for two weeks and we'll be taking hundreds of photos, I thought I'd bring you a slideshow of each day's highlights in a separate post. At the end of the two weeks you'll get our typical post including campground and travel reviews, along with our daily musings of what we've been doing when not out taking photos!



A bird's eye view of Eagle Lake and the park's interior.
Just so you don't get the impression we had the mountain top all to ourselves...
Hey guys! Put down the cellphones and look over either shoulder!
The beginning of the half mile trail around the summit.
This brave (or maybe clueless) kid was shooting a panoramic photo from way off the trail on the edge of a deep drop off.
Two cruise ships waiting their turn at the Bar Harbor docks.
I think it's going to be a lot more crowded up here tomorrow.


HOW TO TAKE CONTROL OF THIS SLIDESHOW

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Option 3 - Hover over any photo with the cursor and click on the pause button. You now have full control to go forward or reverse at your own speed. You can also select any of the little round buttons under the photo to navigate through the photos.

WANT TO SEE THE PHOTOS AT A LARGER SIZE?

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CAMDEN HILLS STATE PARK (ME)

Camden Hills State Park has everything you're probably looking for if you're planning a summer camping trip. The campsites are varied in size and shapes but ours was plenty long enough to back THE POD and ROVER into and have enough room to park another vehicle in the driveway too. There are clean bathrooms and hot showers, picnic tables and ground grills, firewood for sale.

Across US1 is a picnic area with trails that lead right down to the shoreline. There is an auto tour that takes you to the top of Mount Battie for a bird's eye view of the town of Camden and the surrounding area and coastline. There are also miles and miles of hiking and biking trails that are accessible right from your campsite.



WEDNESDAY

TRAVEL DAY
YEAR #2 - STOP #37

Today's travels were again mostly two lanes roads with very little traffic, the only exception to that was when our route took us right through the capital city of Augusta, ME. All of a sudden their were traffic lights, cars darting in and out of driveways and side streets, but the worst was how everyone seemed to be trying to get ahead of us as if they would get to where they were going that much sooner. But we survived and made it to the Campground Registration Office at our new location pretty much unfrazzled.

When we arrived and got to the check in line there was another Airstream right in front of us. Just as we pulled up they pulled away to head for their campsite, we never even saw who was in their truck. We pulled up to take the spot the just left and proceeded to go inside to register. As usual we gave the ranger our name and campsite reservation number and that's when something very odd happened.

The ranger said, "Oh you must be with the other couple who just checked in." My first thought was why? Just because we both own Airstreams? They had NJ license plates and we have FL plates. My response was "No, what makes you think that?" He then tells me that their last name is Kelley (with two E's) and their site is just three sites down from ours on the same side of the driveway. With just over 100 sites here what are the chances?

After we finished checking in we drove to our site and had to pass right by theirs. They were still outside setting up and I rolled down our window and introduced ourselves and Tricia and Phil KELLEY. They weren't sure what to make of us at first, but then came over to the truck window and introduced themselves as Carol and David KELLEY from NJ. I asked how long they were staying and they said just two nights, we're staying five, so I said we would have to get together later and chat. They agreed and I pulled away to let them finish setting up and so we could get started, it's supposed to rain most of the next two days!



THURSDAY

WORK DAY FROM THE POD
10 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

Today is going to be a work day but before the rain starts this afternoon we are going grocery shopping for a few items. Just three miles south of the campground is the town of Camden, ME. We drove through it yesterday with THE POD and knew we would want to see more of it before we moved on.

US1 is the main road through the heart of town, it's the same road that starts in Key West, FL and travels 2,309 miles up to the Canadian border in northern Maine. But here in Camden it's just two lanes wide, with a 25 MPH speed limit, many pedestrian crosswalks (where they have the right of way) and parallel parking. There are five or six blocks with antique shops, gift shops, restaurants and pubs taking up most of the storefronts. Just one block off of US1 you'll find ample parking for your RV and larger vehicles. Also just outside of this little downtown district you'll find gasoline, groceries, banks and fast food.


One of the items we purchased at the store this morning is on my bucket list for MUST TASTE while in Maine. Maine is known for it's blueberries and besides the obvious Blueberry Pie I wanted to try out the Blueberry Pop that is created near here in Portland, ME by the Shipyard Brewing Company. They have other soda flavors like Root Beer, Ginger Beer, Cream Soda, Strawberry, Orange, Black Cherry and plain old Cola. They are definetly better known for their dozen or more beers, including a Blueberry Beer, but today I'm only interested in the Blueberry Pop.


We got back to the campsite just before it started raining. When it rains in South Florida there's lightning and thunder, it pours for about 30 minutes and then it's over. Here it seems to just drizzle for days on end. Anyway we have everything we need right here inside THE POD and a big awning if we wish to sit outside for a little while.

The other KELLEY's are leaving in the morning so while Tricia is working I put on my rain gear and head over to their campsite. I wanted to at least give them one of our contact/business cards and mention that we would have loved to have had them over for a campfire, but that the weather is just not going to cooperate.

I approached their trailer very slowly, waving hello, not knowing if anyone inside could see me through the heavily tinted windows. No one opened the door, so I knocked and heard Carol's voice saying, "Who is it?". I replyed "It's me, Phil Kelley in the other Airstream." She immediately opened the door and invited me inside out of the rain and explained David was laying down taking a nap. I explained I didn't want to wake him, but figured it was already to late for that. She let me know that I'm the first person to have knocked on their Airstream door.

Carol and David's Airstream is also a 2018 model, but since they usually travel 6 weeks or less at a time they felt the 16 foot long model suited them best. It's very cozy inside and is the smallest trailer Airstream makes with the classic aerodynamic shape that makes them easy to spot traveling down the highway.

Carol and I sat at their dinette and spoke for I don't know how long, telling each other their backgrounds and travel histories. Both her and her husband are/were in the medical field. They went out west with their trailer last year and this year are exploring the Northeast. They are leaving here to go to another Maine State Park farther north, the same one we will be visiting later next month, but they will be long gone before we get there.

I sure hope Carol and David are reading this and they keep in touch through this blog, you never know when our paths may cross again!



FRIDAY

RELAXATION DAY
4 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

Yesterday before we went to the grocery store we drove the Auto Tour road up to the top of Mount Battie, which is located right here inside the Camden Hills State Park. Yesterday it was very foggy and you couldn't see a thing from the overlooks or the tower that is located at the summit. Today, during a break in the rain, we decided to give it another try. I'm sure glad we did!

Observation Tower
The observation tower at the summit of Mount Battie (elevation 780')

Mount Battie Summit
The view of the coastline around Camden, ME from the tower



SATURDAY

SIGHTSEEING DAY
85 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

Today is our much anticipated sightseeing day. The whole reason we stopped here in Camden was to visit the Penobscot Narrows Brige Observatory and Fort Knox. Yes, this Fort Knox is named after the same Henry Knox (the Continental Army's chief of artillery during the Revolutionary War and the country's first Secretary of War) as the more famous Fort Knox in Kentucky, the one with all the gold.

While the fort was interesting, it was just a bonus because the bridge is what first drew our attention as something we wanted to explore. The Penobscot Narrows Brige Observatory is taller than the Bunker Hill Monument that we just saw in Boston and taller than the Statue of Liberty that we saw while visiting New Jersey last month. While not quite as tall as the Washington Monument we saw in Washington DC last September, it is the tallest public bridge observatory in the world at 420 feet above the river.



Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory
and Fort Knox



Our first look at the bridge from a roadside pullout 1/2 mile away.
The western tower that houses the three observation decks.
A closer view of the top of the western tower.
The entrance to the elevator that takes you to the top.
Looking straight up from the bottom of the tower.
The view north towards the town of Bucksport Bay with Fort Knox on the left.
A closeup of Fort Knox from the Observation Tower
A southern view towards the mouth of the Penobscot River. See the roadside pullout where the first photo was taken?
The view east leading up US1 to northern Maine and the pilings that once held up the original bridge.
The view west. Do you see the cross section of the old bridge in the center of the photo and the stub of old roadway on the right hand side?
A closeup of ROVER waiting for us in the parking lot.
A closeup of the roadway cross section.
This is what the cross section looks like from ground level. What does it remind you of?
Near the entrance to the original Fort Knox
Exterior rooftop cannon stations
Cannon placement on the inside of the fort.
The parade grounds in the center of the fort.


All this sightseeing has really worked up our appetites. When in Maine it's all about the lobster! There are countless places to get a Maine Lobster Plate all along the coast, so we just Googled restaurants on our route home and stopped in at one of the highest rated ones available. We weren't dissappointed!

Young's Lobster Pound is right on the water in Belfast, ME and like so many of the restaurants around here they continuosly pump seawater in and out of their holding tanks to keep their lobster and shellfish as fresh as possible. It's a picnic style restaurant which means you order, or in some cases, pick you food out of the tank, and go find a table to eat at. There are numerous options here, big long family sized picnic tables on the water behind the restaurant on the outside deck, private smaller tables in front of the restaurant under some trees for shade, or an upstairs fresh air room with more of the large tables.

We put in our order and received our pickup number. They have fun with this, ours was #29 but we heard numbers like 13,012 and 1,000,000 being called. They call your number over loud speakers that can be heard from anywhere on the property and you go back to the counter to pick up your freshly prepared meals. All the food is served with plastic utensils and a variety of different plates. Tricia ordered a Whole Lobster Dinner with chips, served on a styrofoam plate. I ordered Grilled Halibut Dinner with nearly a pound of potato salad and some cole slaw, served on a plastic plate. We saw other people walking around with 4" deep aluminum baking tins filled with "Dinner for Two" meals they offer. Lots of trash is generated here, but with no dishwashers or waitresses to be found, we felt no need to tip anyone and that helps keep the costs very reasonable. One other feature of this restaurant is since they have no liquor license you are permitted to bring your own bottles of beer and wine to enjoy with you meal.

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Young's Lobster Pound
Young's Lobster Pound storefront in Belfast, ME



SUNDAY

WORK DAY FROM THE POD
0 MILES DRIVEN TODAY



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SEBAGO LAKE STATE PARK (ME)

Sebago Lake State Park is a popular summertime destination. We are here in the middle of June, but the lake is still a little to cold for us to do any swimming. The campground was only 25% full during the week and nearly 50% full on the weekend. We spoke to several people in the campground who assured us that by the Fourth of July this place will be packed.

There are two swimming areas inside the campgrounds and several more in the day use area on the other side of the lake. Judging by the huge parking areas there will probably be several hundred visitors here each weekend until school starts again in the fall.



THURSDAY

TRAVEL DAY
YEAR #2 - STOP #36

"The Pine Tree State"
is our 20th visited state

The first 75 miles of today's route took us almost due north, staying just inside the New Hampshire border with Maine. We wanted to see a little bit more of what New Hampshire was like before crossing over into Maine for the next month. The route was nearly all two lane highway and has us pass through numerous small towns with names like Rochester, Milton, Wakefield and Ossipee. This is so much more pleasant to drive than the hustle and bustle we always seem to encounter on the Interstate Highways.



FRIDAY

RELAXATION DAY
12 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

Having worked five solid days last week we were actually caught up with the blog and Tricia's deadlines so we decided to take a few days off this weekend. Wanting to get out of THE POD for a little while we thought why not go hunt for a geocache that is located right here in the park.

It sounded like a good idea, so we drove to the trailhead, hiked down about a quarter mile to within just a few feet of the hiding spot. That's when the mosquitoes sent out word that we were in the area, like they were guarding the cache or something. They came from everywhere at once, they closed ranks behind us to prevent our retreat, they seemed to be circling us and sending in a few dozen at a time for the attack. We took another 30 seconds worth of punishment trying to put our eyes on the cache but we just couldn't locate it. Giving up our search we hightailed it back to the relative safety of ROVER and drove back to the campsite.

Once back in THE POD Tricia went to the bedroom and started playing games on her phone and I decided to watch a couple DVD movies on my laptop while sitting at the dinette table just 25 feet away. It's amazing that we can both be in relatively close quarters and yet still feel total privacy and get some alone time. I don't believe that any two people, no matter how close their relationship is, can spend months on end joined at the hip (so to speak) and survive unscathed.


I should mention last week when we were at the library in Brentwood they were having a fundraiser by selling donated books and DVDs. They handed you a plastic shopping bag like you'd get at Walmart or the grocery store and for $5 you got to fill it up with movies and books. Well I'm never one to pass up a bargain so I looked through several hundred movies and came up with 8 that I hadn't seen yet and that sounded interesting enough to watch.

Since we started on this journey we have visited many libraries and have in the past donated a few dollars cash to some of them for providing us a place where we could get our work done. Usually in a quiet, comfortable setting with clean restrooms, A/C or heat. They are always grateful for any kind of contribution to help fund new projects.

It's not only cash we donate. Once last week we got all set up in the library and I found out the battery in my cordless mouse was dead. I asked at the desk if they had a AAA battery I could purchase and was told that they just that morning realized they too needed AAA batteries for one of their cordless keyboards in the office. They informed me there was a Dollar General store just a block down the road that sold batteries, so off I went on foot.

I purchased an 8 pack of batteries for $8, took 1 out to immediately put in my mouse and 1 to leave in my laptop case for backup. I then put the remaining 6 batteries on the front desk of the library as I passed by when no one was looking. About ten minutes later the librarian came by our office to ask if I was the one that left batteries on her desk. Replying yes, she asked for our names and address so the library could send us a thank you card, as they do with all their benefactors. I assured her that wasn't necessary but she insisted, how could I say no.

It's funny how such a small gesture of support created such a large feeling of gratitude and appreciation for both of us!



SATURDAY

ERRANDS DAY
42 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

On our list of errands today is Home Depot, a gas station and a grocery store.

First up is Home Depot. I need to purchase some small screws to mount a pair of battery operated, motion sensor activated, lights in the bathroom. I definitely get up in the middle of the night to use the restroom, occasionally Tricia does too, and the light in there is too bright to use while someone is sleeping just a few feet away. Our bathroom is so tight you can't really shut the door all the way and still be inside, so I thought some dimmer lights would solve the problem. We use the bright regular lights, or no lights at all, in the daytime and at night we use the new dimmer lights I installed. The motion sensor only works in the dark and they automatically go off after 15 seconds if you don't continue to move around. Problem solved!


Next up is the gas station. For nearly two years now I have been aware of an app called Upside. It offers a cash rebate on gasoline at participating stations that range from 1-25¢ per gallon. There were a limited number of South Florida gas stations participating when we started our journey back in the summer of 2018 but I revisited the list this week and found several Mobil Stations in our nearby area here in New Hampshire, so I decided to give it a try.
UPDATE: I did a little research and found out that Upside now offers deals in 35 states.

The way it works is first you have to find a nearby participating station who is offering a deal through the app. Then you claim the deal and they give you four hours to purchase the gas at that station using a credit or debit card, cash and gift cards are not allowed. This particular Mobil station I selected was offering 12¢ a gallon rebate. You then send a photo of the receipt showing the amount purchased, the time and the address (or name) of the station. That's all there is to it!

I purchased just over 20 gallons of gas using my Discover Card, which this quarter happens to be offering their own 5% rebate on gasoline, and sent Upside a photo of the receipt. Within 8 hours I received an email saying that I had $2.50 in my account ready for immediate withdrawal. There are transfer fees involved if you take out less than $15 at a time, but over $15 it's free to transfer it to your PayPal account or request a check be mailed. With the 5% from Discover Card and 12¢ a gallon from Upside I saved just over $5.00 on this one visit, not to shabby!

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Last on the list for today is the grocery store, you see I'm making my favorite Key West Chili tonight and I'm missing a few of the key ingredients.



SUNDAY

RELAXATION DAY
28 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

Once again our kitchen sink has bounced off of the clips that hold it up tight up against the bottom of the kitchen counter. This time however instead of just one or two clips it bounced off of all four clips. The only thing holding it up was the drainpipe. I thought I would once again hang it back on the clips, as I've done several times before, and tighten them down to hold it in place. Then I started thinking how damaging it could be if we were to be going down the road with the entire weight of the sink supported by a one PVC pipe.

Kitchen Sink
Fallen off all four clips this time!

So today I am once again headed for Home Depot. My thoughts are to hang the sink on the four clips again and then support the weight with some 1x2 lumber wedged underneath to hopefully help keep it from bouncing. It's nearly two feet from the counter down to the first solid shelf so I'll need nearly 8 feet of lumber to create 4 legs, one on each corner, to maximize my chances for success.


When I got back from Home Depot there was this guy out exploring the campground and when I climbed out of ROVER he was in front of our campsite admiring THE POD. We got to talking about things and before you knew it 30-40 minutes had passed by. Turns out he too works in the printing industry, like I recently did for 40 years, so we had a lot in common, along with us both recently purchasing our first RV.

Then his wife called to see if he was OK or whether or not he was lost. I explained I needed to get busy on my sink repair and asked if he and his wife would like to come down to our site for a campfire the next night. We had three bags full of firewood we wanted to burn so we didn't have to keep hauling them from campsite to campsite. He said it sounds like a good idea and that he would mention it to his wife. I gave him one of our business cards with our email address so he could keep in touch.


So I got out my chop saw that I carry in the back of ROVER and after some rough measuring cut the legs to support the sink. The 1x2 lumber is plenty strong enough to carry the weight of the sink but I couldn't get them to stay wedged tight enough to stay in place. I decided that 2x4 lumber would be way overkill for the strength needed but with four times the footprint the legs would probably stay in place a lot better. I don't want to screw them into place and create holes in the sides of the cabinets so friction is the only thing holding them in place. You know what this means, another trip to Home Depot tomorrow.



MONDAY

WORK DAY FROM THE POD
27 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

For my third trip to Home Depot in as many days Tricia decided she wanted to go along to pick out some supplies for a project that she is about to start work on. In order to simplify moving day she is going to build a custom wooden box to house her four bottles of different cooking oils in. Up until now she has to carefully store them each time we need to move the trailer so they don't spill all over the place. This box she's designing will snuggly hold them in place and remain secured on top of the kitchen counter when we move, making one less thing to worry about.

On the way out of the campground heading to Home Depot we rode past Fred and Coleen's campsite, the guy I met yesterday, to see if they were going to make it over for a campfire tonight. As I got out of ROVER I saw Fred sitting in his screen room and he told me he just hit the send button on his email and that he and his wife would be happy to join us at a campfire tonight. I told them I would be starting the fire at 7:00PM and they didn't need to bring anything but chairs and their favorite beverage of choice.

We picked up our needed supplies and made a quick stop at the grocery store for some cheese and crackers for tonight. We also picked up some Jalepeno Crab Dip that Tricia's aunt introduced us to and hurried home to get busy fixing the sink.

I was able to prop up the sink with the 2x4 lumber and also shimmed it to make it as tight as I dared without pushing to hard on the countertop from underneath. I'm afraid with any more pressure I'll crack the expensive Corian countertop!

With the sink repair done there is just enough time for some quick showers before our quests arrive for our Maine campfire.



TUESDAY

WORK DAY FROM THE POD
0 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

JUST A COUPLE OF PICTURES
FROM AROUND THE CAMPGROUND

Swimming Beach
The Sebago Lake swimming beach inside the campground

Relax
The family on this campsite really knows the meaning of RELAX!



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