06/30/2011 - 07/06/2011 77 °F
So we finally returned to the states after sooo many days spent in Canada. Taking a little detour on the way…for some reason our GPS loves to take us down dirt roads and no exception was made on the way to the border. We were happy to be back in the good ole U.S. of A., just in time to celebrate the 4th of July. Acadia National Park here we come!
Where are we???
Our time spent in Maine was absolutely amazing, not only because we got engaged while there (that definitely helped too), but because it was such a beautiful place. We ended up camping for five nights at a walk up site and enjoyed a bit of peace and quiet. It was especially nice to see the starry sky with the Milky Way and a multitude of shooting stars.
Our little slice of heaven
The landscape of Acadia was breathtaking. It had mountain peaks, rocky coasts, crystal clear waters, and tons of wildflowers. We spent one day hiking six hours to six different peaks, aka the big day. We also took scenic drives, explored Bar Harbor, and even went swimming in one of the local lakes…brrrrr!
Are we lost?
Jen's new favorite flower, lupine.
The 4th of July was spent in true small town U.S.A. style. We woke up early for the blueberry pancake breakfast, followed by the local parade. After the parade were the lobster races and cook out. We took a chance on a lobster or two and won big on the lobster from Bryan Smith’s restaurant…a whopping $2. The rest of the day was spent napping under large trees and chatting with some local couchsurfers while waiting for fireworks. We rounded off the evening watching the fireworks through a dense fog which ended up looking a lot more like bright colorful flashes and then enjoyed ice cream from Mt. Desert Creamery.
Happy 4th of July
Next up was the “2009 Foodiest Small Town in America”….Portland, Maine. We went to eat, see the sights, and eat some more. Our food tasting included gourmet pizzas, french fries fried in duck fat, a goat cheese BLT, and amazing wood fired seafood. When we weren’t eating we were drinking beer at the Shipyard Brewery. We also managed to fit in a little shopping too. Wasn’t too bad of a trip considering we only spent about 48 hours there.
Lobster rolls on the way to Portland