Saturday, August 18, 2012
I have been looking for ways to be able to spend as much time as possible with my Spark friend. She and her DH will be staying just a few days so I want them to make the choices as to where we will go.
I usually have an itinerary worked out but not this time. I know we will be going to Acadia National park at some point and I have managed to have found a new trail and a couple of places to suggest we go to. The Park is mostly unchanged and that is really nice to know.
The island especially the town of Bar Harbor is very different. We who knew the place well are very surprised at the drastic changes especially to the waterfront. It is impressive to many but I loved the way it was. We went there so often with our children and the park itself had to go through changes in order to keep up with National Park new rules and ideas.
Making areas more accessible for more people. It has been made safer for people with accessibility issues and it was done with the least amount of changes possible to get the job done. It was very well thought through.
The town has been made much more upscale. There are many ethnic restaurants and several large hotels have opened up, it is because of those changes this year there have been more tourists and still as many if not more cruise ships appear in the harbor.
The Island is called Mount Dessert island and it has a long interesting history. Summer is itís busiest time but once the schools are open there is a big influx of adults coming to watch for foliage changes and to be in the park with less crowded car parks.
The real beauty of the park is how well you can get around without using your car. Many people will drive their cars around but the free shuttle buses for park visitors is an amazing network of place to place transportation.
We use the campgrounds but we do not take our vehicle out of the campground. All of the campgrounds are included in the schedules. You can get to any place you want to go, just call ahead and they will tell you what time you will be picked up. The longest we have waited this year was 15 minutes. Some people take their cars and they can take twice that time driving around looking for a place to park their car.
There are several bicycle rental places and some motor scooters too. You can find lobster just about everywhere on the menu and this year the prices have been very reasonable. It seems every person who comes to the area will want to eat a Maine lobster.
On Monday my Spark friend will arrive and I hope the weather will be kind to us.
We had an adventure when we first met, not in Acadia in The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor that day was pouring rain and we took umbrellas and had a good time despite the rain. I hope the weather cooperates but looking at the ocean no matter the weather is a great way to spend a day with good friends. We are hoping to see a number of light houses too. DH and I took a course on Maine lighthouses and we had a book for the course so that will be a very big help. Our friends can pick and choose which ones they want to visit. DH and I have visited almost all of them.
We have many light houses in Maine but Michigan has a whole lot more. Ours are mostly on the ocean but there are a few in lakes too.
Pat in Maine waiting for the arrival of another Spark friend.