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a rainy day in bar harbor + a surprise!

We finally made it to Acadia National Park! We were pretty excited as this meant we had another opportunity to use our national park pass. ๐Ÿ™‚ We decided to stay and camp for a couple days right outside of Bar Harbor.

We got in late, cooked dinner, then went to bed. Neither of us slept very well because we encountered our first downpour of rain. Most of our trip so far had been free from much drizzle so we weren’t aware of the drum that we now call our roof. It’s ridiculous. It was be hardly sprinkling, more like a fine misting, and it sounds like there is a monsoon going on in there! It’s terrible. I slept with my head under the covers and my ears pushed into pillows. It didn’t help. It was the noisiest night of my life. Needless to say, we woke up very early, ditched the little house, and headed for the bus stop, umbrellas and rain jackets in tow.

It’s pretty nice. Once you pay to get into the park, there is a free bus system that shuttles you all around the island. This seemed like the perfect way to tour the island as it was much too wet to do any real hiking. So we rode around for a while, saw Martha Stewart’s house from the shore, and hopped off when the rain cleared up. This was just in time to walk out to Bar Island, the island off the coast of Bar Harbor that is only accessible by foot at low tide. It’s quite amazing! We spent a couple hours running around the island, slipping on the rocks andย watching the birds crack open muscle shells. This was also were my iPhone had a fall (as I was leaping across some rocks). My phone fell out of my unzipped pocket (doh!) and landed face down. There went my screen. ๐Ÿ™

Anyway, due to the amount of moisture in the air, I decided to leave the fancy camera back at camp and venture out with only my iPhone as a camera. Thank goodness for instagram.


After touring around we decided it was time for lunch so we stopped to get some local Thai food. Yum!

THEN…!!!…of all the places in the world, we ran into Jonathan’s cousins Andrew and Ann! We were walking around the corner from our lunch, and Jonathan said to me, “Hey! I just saw my cousin!” We followed them into Rite Aid and sure enough, there they were! They live in California and just happened to be on a cruise celebrating their 20 year anniversary. And one of the pit stops was Bar Harbor! What a small, small world. We spent the rest of the day catching up at a local coffee shop.


After saying bye to the cousins, we hopped back on the bus and did a final tour of the island. By then it was dark, and we were hungry again so we stopped to eat some two for one pizza that was out of this world. I’ll let Jonathan chime in to describe our eating adventure. ๐Ÿ™‚


Jonathan here. So I guess it’s my turn to recount the eating adventure that was Lompoc Cafe. While walking around town we noticed that this particular restaurant had a 2 for 1 deal on pizza on Tuesday. Lucky day for us, it was Tuesday. I like dip. Their artichoke dip was AMAZING.


Ok I’m back. I think Jonathan fell asleep and didn’t finish this entry. ๐Ÿ˜›

So…the food was great. Since we were getting the deal, we decided to “splurge” a little and get an appetizer (dip), salad (roasted acorn squash, wide greens, and feta), and then our two pizzas (one kalamata olive, onion, & feta, and the other basil & tomato). We ate to our hearts content.

After dinner (we skipped dessert, we were both too stuffed) we strolled around down town until it the bus came. I phoned a few friends to catch up (celebrating the fact that we had cell signal again) and Jonathan and I toured a little tea shop.

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  • Brittany Woods - I love the yummy food stories! Jonathan, sorry about your phone ๐Ÿ™November 1, 2011 – 9:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Ansley - I love the rainy day photos! I love Bar Harbor!

    So envious of your beautiful adventures!!November 4, 2011 – 2:36 pmReplyCancel

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