One morning in Maine

IMG_1155A few weeks ago, my husband had asked if I wanted to accompany him to a work conference in Florida this past weekend. I said I was up for it, and my mom was up for babysitting (with help from my aunt, who also planned to come). Then it turned out he didn’t have to attend this conference after all. But since we had the babysitting in place, we decided to plan a last minute kid-free couple vacation in the opposite direction: Maine.

There are direct flights from Philly to Bangor, so I flew up Thursday night (my husband was coming from Seattle and meeting me for lunch Friday). I drove in the midnight fog and rain out to Bar Harbor, and crashed. But in the morning when I woke up, I saw the lovely Maine landscape — evergreens, hills, ocean — out my hotel window. I went for a run through Bar Harbor and along the shore. I managed to read an entire book (Pond) by the pool by the time my husband got there. Then we drove over to Bernard, and ate at IMG_1199Thurston’s Lobster Pound, which is the sort of place where you say what size lobster you want, and they pull one out of the tub and weigh it in a plastic container next to the cash register. This is the lobster you will eat in a few minutes, washed down with a nice local beer. We ate there for lunch both days, watching the lobster boats.

We also did a lot of hiking in Acadia: Gorham Mountain, the North Bubble, and Acadia Mountain. There were some fairly tough rock scrambles, but the scenery was beautiful. We ate wild blueberries. And unlike some hikes with the kids, no one was whining!

IMG_1188We ate at a local mostly-seafood restaurant both nights and went to the same Irish pub both nights, because Amber Leigh was playing the fiddle, and this combo of Irish and country music was pretty hard to resist, especially with a Guinness. Today it was back home and to the kids, and to the routine, but the past few days were a nice surprise addition to the summer fun list.

7 thoughts on “One morning in Maine

  1. I love this post so much! We are headed up to Maine in August. I am so excited to get away, enjoy the scenery, and eat some lobster and wild blueberries. We are going to spend a few days in Acadia with the kids, so no long hikes, but should still be able to take in the sights in small amounts at a time. Sand beach is always a good destination for the kids.

    1. @Harmony- Sand beach is good! We did Gorham mountain 5 years ago with a 4-year-old and 23-month-old (in a backpack). So that might be a possibility. And of course Jordan Pond is flat around. I hope it’s a wonderful trip!

  2. I used to live in Bass Harbor, which is right across the harbor from Bernard where you sat and ate your lobsters! I live in Florida now, but I love that you did this trip on the spur of the moment and filled it the way you did. It makes me think that some things are more do-able than they might at first seem. Thank-you.

    1. @Vivi- thanks! It was a fun trip – in general, I like to know fun vacations are coming up so I can anticipate them, but getting to do a last minute trip as a couple was awesome too. It can be done!

  3. I love this! Maine, specifically this area, if pretty high on my list of places to visit domestically!

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