After spending the night in Boston, MA (25-26 August 2011) we’re finally bound for Maine. It was a slow ride out of Boston because of traffic or was it just volume. We arrived at Maine past 9 PM but we got lost and could not find the house of my wife’s friend, Raquel. Our GPS is a few years old Tom Tom and gave us direction which we followed turn by turn except that it did not find the house. We were on the right road but just missed the house number, the GPS said that it was about 6 miles from were we made the right turn. The give away that made us think that we were lost was that the paved road became unpaved and there were no houses in sight except the darkness. My son suggested that we just go on forward because the house might be in a new development ahead, but I told my wife to call her friend. However, as I was talking to her friend’s husband, Jeff, the signal died. Still moving forward but I soon changed my mind when I saw a truck head light behind me and I was not going to stop and ask for directions. I made a K turn and head back to paved road. My wife called her friend again and asked for direction. Made the K turn again and slowly looked for the house number by the road. They were just about a mile away from where we made the right turn. It was funny how to have missed that when you were following somebody or something who apparently knew the direction. We later found out that if we continued driving that we may have ended in Canada, which by the way was about an hour away from where we were.
When we found their driveway, we were amazed that their house was still almost a quarter of a mile far. They were having a big bonfire while waiting for us and the first thing I noticed was how beautiful the sky was in that part of the world. Since it was a lot darker compared to where we live, we saw millions of stars in the sky. Being there showed us how much we’ve missing from what nature has to offer. We had lasagna for dinner which they prepared. and it tasted so good. After dinner, we went out to put more wood on the bonfire while we were catching up on things and drinking some beer.
The next day, we prepared to go to Acadia National Park. It was about two hour drive from their house and the ride was so scenic. I later found out that 70% of air pollution in Maine came from outside the state because of the prevailing wind direction. Who could have thought that the air we were breathing in Acadia National Park was not as fresh as I hoped it would be. There were two ways to get to the top of the mountain, either by hiking and mountain climbing or just like what we did, drove the car. There were a lot of picturesque scenes along the winding road to the top of the mountain where you can pull over and take a picture.
On the top of the mountain you will see a 360 degree view of the horizon. The atlantic sea was covered with fog or smog, hence, the beauty of the sea was hidden from us. Also, the view of Bar Harbor (pronounced as Bah Habah) from the top was also obscured by the same fog or smog as you can see in the picture. The top of the mountain in Acadia National Park was said to be the first one to see the sun rise here in the United States, awesome.
We then continued our drive to Bar Harbor, stopped by at the Sandy Beach which by the way has a water temperature of 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Despite of the cold temperature there were a lot of swimmers and no lifeguard. We then proceeded to Thunder Hole. The name was due to the sound the wave creates when it smashes the rocky alcove. I was told that there were occasions that people got swept away to the sea when waves get stronger and bigger.
We then stopped at Bar Harbor to buy some souvenirs for the trip as well as took pictures before driving back to our friends’ house. Well almost, except we have to take a detour at an outlet to buy some towels.
I would have loved to spend more time in Acadia National Park because of a lot beautiful scenes. I have only brought a 50 mm F/1.4 fixed lens and did not even to take the tripod out from the car because I did not want to be a bother. A polarizer would have been helpful as well, which by the I did not have. The only thing I could have managed to do was a panoramic attempt of the Bar Harbor landscape from the top of the mountain and people shots. I would have loved a few shots for HDR.
That weekend was a time to watch news to catch up on the goings on regarding the hurricane Irene. It was forecasted to hit Maine Sunday night until the next day, the day we were supposed to drive back home. Sunday was rainy and got windy at night. Monday came, after breakfast Jeff assessed the hurricane damage and found just a twig along the driveway. The drive home was not bad because we were expecting flood or damages but there was none. The ride home was almost great except when we hit New York which took us almost four hours from the Connecticut border to New Jersey.
I would like to say my thanks to our host in Maine who were just so great. We missed their pig roast by about a week, should have stayed longer.