Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Catching Up

We’re in St. Andrew’s New Brunswick, and since all of our stops so far on this trip have been in places we’ve previously visited, I’ve been a bit remiss adding to this blog. So now I’ll make up for lost time.

We spent the Memorial Day weekend at Bar Harbor in Maine. Acadia National Park takes up most of Mt. Desert Island island and the blog entries from last year have a few pictures taken in the park. A highlight of any visit to Acadia National Park is lunch at Jordon Pond House, if you can find a place to park. The specialty of the house  is popovers, and if you ever need a reason to visit this park, the popovers can easily be it. I have no pictures of the popovers because we ate them before I had a chance to take a picture.

Like some other National Parks, Acadia exists largely due to the generosity of a Rockefeller (he also donated a large part of Grand Teton National Park to the NPS), once again giving proof to Mel Brooks’ famous line “It’s good to be rich.” (I may be paraphrasing here.)

Carraige Road

One feature of Acadia are the miles of carriage roads built by Rockefeller so he and his fellow gazillionaires would have a nice place to drive their carriages and ride their horses. The NPS, with help from a volunteer organization, maintains the roads which are still only used by horses, both ridden and driven, bicyclists, and hikers. No motor vehicles are permitted.

Also worth mentioning, Penny has had lobster twice so far. Once for lunch, at a lobster pound, and once for dinner in an actual restaurant. Since I’m allergic to seafood, I had barbeque both times.

The weather over the weekend was quite nice, but we departed Bar Harbor on Tuesday in the pouring rain. I soon discovered that my “rain gear” would have better been described as “fog gear” or at best “drizzle gear”, because by the time we got on the road, I was soaked to the skin.

Our campground in St. Andrew’s is operated by the local Kiwanis, and it’s a really neat place right on Passamaquoddy Bay, which is a branch of the Bay of Fundy.  I don’t usually include images of DSC_0418our trailer in the blog, but I thought it might be neat to include this one. Behind the trailer and behind the two trees is a stone breakwater and behind that is the Bay. You can’t really see the Bay because of the fog. But according to the local forecast, the sun will come out, if not tomorrow, then later in the week. Tomorrow we’ll be heading further north and east and spending a few days in the Moncton, NB area where’s we’re planning to look at some rocks.


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