Long Day of Driving Back to Portland, ME

Today was sadly our last morning in Saint John. We got up early, showered, finished packing and walked down to Cora’s for breakfast.

The food was still good but the service this time was pretty bad. We were seated at a table by the window, handed menus and left. After about 10 minutes, I got up and asked if we could please get some coffee. I got a big smile and a yes she would be there in just a minute, which she was. Since we had her there we ordered our breakfast.

Breakfast came and that was the last we saw of her. Chris was hoping for another cup of coffee so after another bit of time, I got up again and asked for some coffee, which came after a minute or so. Weird cause when we came here on Friday morning the service was excellent.

Walking back to our room we came upon the Loyalist House built between 1817 and 1820. It’s the oldest building in Saint John and survived the fire of 1877 that destroyed most of Saint John.

Next we packed up the car and headed out of Saint John.

Not a very exciting day. I kept hoping to see a moose and there were signs to watch for them but no such luck.

We did find a really pretty Rest Stop with a very filthy outhouse and no paper, I opted to go behind a bush.

After that we headed straight for Newport, ME where we found a pretty good little sandwich place called Harvest Moon.

After a couple of very scenic wrong turns we took a break in Augusta, the capitol of Maine. Augusta is a nice little city but it’s very empty on Sunday.

We walked around town and took a few photos. The weather was absolutely gorgeous today!

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This will be my last post until our next trip.

Heading to Bar Harbor

Getting showered, dressed and packed up to head off for Bar Harbor and The Inn on Mt. Desert. First we’ll have breakfast at Becky’s and make a stop at the original LLBean in Freeport.

We had a wonderful time shopping at L.L.Bean. They have a huge Petite section in the store and I found several things. Chris found a couple of shirts and pair of slacks that actually fit his tall slender frame.

We decided to take the longer more scenic route to Bar Harbor which was a fabulous idea.

The leaves are just barely beginning to change color so every so often there would be a little splash of bright red or orange! Beautiful, who knows we could get lucky. My main goal was to be here when the fewest tourists were here and I think we managed it.

We went through a town called Bath where they build the Navy’s Zumwalt class destroyer, which incorporates stealth-like qualities. If you want to read about it here is the link. https://www.gdbiw.com/Programs.html

We stopped at a wonderful Scottish Pub called The Drouthy Bear in Camden. Excellent food and a great beer list! They even had one of my favorites, “Wee Heavy” on Nitro!

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Charlie’s Nice Salad

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Warm Apple and Scallop Salad

We left Camden and headed on toward Bar Harbor. The area along SR1 is so beautiful! Lots of trees, small sea ports, and small towns filled with old restored homes. We loved every bit of it.

On down the road we came upon the town of Penobscot where the Penobscot Narrows Bridge is. It’s a beautiful cable bridge and you can go up to the top of the viewing area and see for miles on a clear day, which we had.



By the time we were done looking out the windows at the top of the observatory and taking photos it was getting really late so we just made a beeline for our hotel. We got in about 6:00 PM and were settled in our room by 7:00 PM.

By then we were thinking about dinner and didn’t want to be out wandering the streets of Bar Harbor in the middle of the night. We decided to try a place called Side Street Café that got very good Yelp reviews. We think those reviews are well deserved. We each had a half order of the Lobster Mac, really good, the lobster was sweet and tender.

Now we’re back in our room getting ready to go to bed so we’ll be well rested for tomorrows hike in the Acadia National Park.

Just a Few More Days

In three days we will board an American Airlines flight to Portland, ME. Since I started planning this trip about a year ago, I can hardly believe it’s here.

We have been watching the weather reports for the Maine, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick areas and have come to the conclusion we need to bring clothing for every single eventuality that weather can provide! In other words; I have no idea what to bring! Whatever I bring will have to fit into one 25″ suitcase and a small carryon because I don’t like dragging bunches of luggage everywhere.

We will be hiking, walking, sightseeing, road tripping and eating lobster as much as possible.

We have been reading travel books to learn more about the areas we will be visiting as well as researching on the internet for interesting places to visit.

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