Today was a long day. The Goodmans were up and out before we even got out of bed so they could try and see the falcons in Acadia National Park and hear the park ranger’s talk at the top of Cadillac Mountain at 10:30am. We left the campground at 11:00am and headed for the park Visitor’s Center. While waiting in line to buy a geezer pass for Dan (lifetime senior pass to all the national parks), I noticed one of my high school classmates, Margaret Hall. She and her husband were just two people ahead of us in line. What a small world! They have been traveling in the same path as we have – through the White Mountains of New Hampshire and now Maine – and tent camping at the state parks. You never know when you’re going to run into someone you know!
We bought the self-guided tour CD and took our time driving around the park loop and seeing the sights. Unfortunately, it was not a pretty, clear day. But it was a nice drive and we did see some beautiful scenery, especially on the drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain – the highest peak on the east coast of the U.S. I think that was even more spectacular than Pike’s Peak in Colorado.
We stopped and had a late lunch (4:30pm) of lobster rolls and pickled beets at the Dockside Restaurant in Northeast Harbor. Very good, but pricey for a little tiny place. And then we headed back up the road to the campground. Passed an interesting bar along the way – Nemo’s. Kind of reminded us of Irvington Marina in VA – Bruce and Glenda will understand. Dan would have liked to stop and have a beer, but it was getting late and we wanted to get back home.
Tonight is leftover night for dinner – turkey burgers. Tomorrow it’s supposed to be more rainy than today, so not sure what the day will bring.
My one big regret is that I didn’t get to stop at Jordan Pond House and have one of their famous popovers. We drove around both parking lots twice, and then decided that even if we did find a place to park that we probably wouldn’t be able to get into the restaurant, so we drove on. Dan could care less – what’s so great about dough filled with air? But to a true carbohydrate addict like me, it was a big disappointment.