16 October 2006

Bar Harbor - A bit of Heaven

Yesterday we took a bit of a road trip to Bar Harbor. Correction, that’s Bah Hahbah to anyone who has been there and knows…

We went to cheer on a friend who was running in the Mount Desert Island Marathon. After watching him cross the finish line in Southwest Harbor, we drove through Acadia National Park. Although the fall foliage is now past peak, many of the maples still had colorful leaves that were hanging on for a last hurrah. The sky was clear, the ocean water sparkling, and sometimes the scenery was so pretty, it made my eyes hurt.

We couldn't resist driving to the summit of Cadillac Mountain where the views simply took our breath away. I don't care how long one lives in Maine, looking back at Bar Harbor and the porcupine islands on a clear, fall afternoon from the top of Cadillac is something to behold. We made the obligatory stop at the summit gift shop and enjoyed the steaming coffee and touristy items.

Back in Bar Harbor, we stopped at the Island Chowder House for a mid-afternoon lunch of clam chowder and caesar salads, and then we browsed the shops a bit. On a whim, we stopped at the Jordan Pond Ice Cream & Fudge Shop for an ice cream cone. We weren't looking for anything special, just something sweet, but this turned out to be the BEST ice cream any of us had ever tasted... this from a family who knows. It was insanely creamy, sweet, totally decadent. The perfect ending to a perfect day.

Now, to figure out an excuse to do it all over again next weekend...

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