Along the Natchez Trace

Monday, July 27, 2015

An Outing to Bar Harbor

Sometimes, when we are volunteering at a National Wildlife Refuge, an opportunity comes up that is really special.  The Maine Coastal Refuge has a fund-raising benefit giving folks the experience of taking a sight-seeing boat out into the Atlantic (or at least into the bays) and viewing Atlantic Puffins and other seabirds on Petit Manon NWR.  The manager of our refuge bought tickets for any volunteers that would like to go.  Of course we wanted to!  If you've been reading this blog for a while you might remember that we went on the same excursion last year.

It is a 450 mile round-trip drive for me and Bill to drive to Bar Harbor and back, but we got coverage for our work here and Sunday, off we went.

Today I'll just write about our time in Bar Harbor.  Tourist towns just aren't our thing, but we did enjoy walking around the streets for a while... 
Sitting in the park overlooking the bay...
Watching people...  checking out the boats and other sights.

We did a little "window shopping"....  
Neither of us are big shoppers, but Bill did find a bottle of bug spray that is hard to find.
Yep... we're the last of the big spenders.

There's all kinds of things you can buy...
I bet you are just can't wait to have one of these lobster trap chairs.
We would have bought one but really don't have any place in our motorhome to put it. 
(right, she says, rolling her eyes)

But...  WoooHooo
Everyone needs to eat...  and we came across this funky restaurant.
I think it was the "Highway 66" diner.  It had memorabilia from the 1940's through the 1960's or so...  even had a model train running around on a track along the second floor balcony.  (where we were seated)

Every restaurant in town offers lobster...  and clam chowder...  and blueberry pie...  all the things you associate with the coast of Maine.
I had a lobster roll, clam chowder and fries.

We still had time before heading to the dock for the 5:00 boat ride, so...  what else to do but find a geocache!
I got on-line and found that one was hidden close by the city park.  So off we went.
The clue was "Ammo Box"
If any of you are familiar with an ammo box, it is about 10" across, about 3" wide, and maybe 8" deep.  Big enough to hold a library book...  so it's not small.  
We looked...  and looked....  and looked some more.
Finally Bill found it...

It had magnets holding it to the bottom of that park bench that Bill is sitting on (in the background).
Isn't this about the cutest geocache there could be?
After I quit laughing I logged it in...  and added it as one of my favorites.

(for any cachers out there...  the size did have a "?" ....  that should have been a clue)

At 4:00 we headed for the dock to meet the rest of our fellow travelers.
And that will be the blog tomorrow.

That's All For Today!


  1. 450 mile round-trip might be a bit more than what we would do. We enjoyed Bar Harbor when we were there many many years ago. I think we had the best lobster we have ever had there.

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    I haven't seen an Atlantic Puffin since about 1974. I hope you got some pictures.

    I'm also curious as to the price of your lunch. I consider the prices here on the Oregon coast to be a bit much for what you get.

  4. We have been to Bar Harbor a few times, camping in the area for a day and 2 wanderabout.
    The first time in the 90's we took the ferry from Nova Scotia, saved driving a lot of miles to get back to Ontario, but cost about the same. Lots of interesting sights to see there too.

  5. That is a cute "ammo box" that your geocache was in. It has been awhile since you posted about finding a geocache. That does sound like fun.

  6. That looks like an ammo box for BB's!! We loved our trips to see Puffins, Razorbills, whales, etc. while we were up in Maine.

  7. 450 miles round trip--a drive in the park for those of us who live in Montana! Sounds as if you had a great time!!