We spent a full day driving around the Acadia National Park. What a beautiful drive. It had a little of everything, beautiful forests, unusual beaches, waterfalls, loads of pretty flowers (both planted and wild), a wonderful restaurant, great views, an incredible bridge and even a lighthouse!
One of my favorite stops was at Hunter's Beach in the Mount Desert Island. One of the photographers that I had met in Belfast, had taken some photos of it and told me where to find it. What a treasure! Gorgeous cobblestones of all sizes and all colors. They had been "well-rounded" from the ocean floor, producing a wonderfully smooth surface. I couldn't help but take tons of pictures of them! Each one was different, each one more beautiful than the one before. Seeing them wet and dry produced different "looks".
Another stop was at the only restaurant in the park, the Jordan Pond House. A lovely old "tea house" dating back to the 1800's. The massive interior would have been enough to just gawk at, but they also had plantings of beautiful flowers all around it, through the back yard, along sidewalks, etc. Very picturesque and the food was good too!
As you enter the park, you drive over the Penobscot Narrows Bridge & Observatory which is breathtaking in itself. It has an observation window on the very top of one of the obelisk towers that is said to give you a 360 degree view of the Penobscot River and bay, the Maine countryside and the distant mountains to the west. We had hoped to make it in time at the end of the day to take the elevator to the top; but unfortunately we didn't. I did get some fun shots of the bridge at night tho.
Another day visit was to Bar Harbor. When I think of Maine, Bar Harbor is what comes to mind. A small little village really, but most charming! We did the "tourist" thing and pretty much just walked around, stopping in at the various shops and restaurants, buying souvenirs and just enjoying the lovely sunny day.
Our last location in Maine was in Calais. This town is the very last American town before you enter New Brunswick Canada. We stayed at a nice family camp with a pretty pond, a level site and really nice folks who own it. It was a great location to do day trips from and to start & end our trip over to Canada. We were having some mail challenges (not catching up to us in time) and they graciously agreed to hold on to any until we returned from Canada. They even "plant sat" for our one plant that we carry with us. We didn't want to take the chance that one of the borders (to/from) would confiscate it!
All in all, we really enjoyed Maine. For such a small state, it really has a lot to see and do! Like everywhere else, the people were really friendly and fun to talk with (gotta love the accent!). Other states will have a tough act to follow!
If you wish to view the rest of the photos from this trip, you can at my Flickr account at:http://www.flickr.com/photos/74905158@N04/
...on the road in New England, Marie