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Waiting for a visit from another Spark friend on Monday.

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 it’s 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.

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    It sounds like a wonderful time. I would love it.
    2070 days ago
  • TERRI289
    Can't wait to see you!!!! emoticon
    2071 days ago
    Sounds like so much fun! Have a wonderful time.

    2071 days ago
    Have a wonderful time, Pat!
    2071 days ago
    Enjoy it. Bar Harbor seemed pretty upscale to me when I visited, and that must be 20 years ago. I remember being impressed that there were no fast food restaurants on the main road into town. I was glad I had bought my food from a grocery. I suspect the restaurants were pretty pricey. I didn't mind the town, but am more of a country girl at heart, and really enjoyed Acadia a lot more, except of course Bar Harbor was where the boats left to go whale watching, and I wouldn't have wanted to miss that.
    2071 days ago
    so interesting
    2071 days ago
    I love the ocean and lighthouses and I miss going to the beach., especially Westport, WA. The lighthouse we used to be able to go inside when we were children is now closed to the public. It was great fun to run up and down the stairs and the great views. Now they have a tower at the edge of the breakwater that people can climb up the stairs but it is always very windy because it is all open. Someday I might find someone able to go with me.

    Enjoy your time with your Spark friend.
    2071 days ago
    Sounds wonderful! I am looking forward to September.
    Have fun!
    2071 days ago
    What fun! Enjoy!
    2071 days ago
    Have a wonderful time, sounds like a fantastic trip!
    2071 days ago
    2071 days ago
    Pat, so glad you get to meet up with some SP friends now and then. It sounds like a lot of fun and enjoyment. Have a great time together. Maybe you can give each other a hug from me. Terry
    2071 days ago
    Sounds great! I hope you have a great time!!
    2071 days ago
    Hope you have a wonderful time!
    2071 days ago
    Enjoy your visit Ians cousin lives in Maine his in laws live in plymouth Ians parents visit them evey other year, Have a good week emoticon
    2071 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Love your blog. I can just picture the park and all the changes that had to be made. Parks all over the United States because of the Disability Act and other regulations etc. Places had to be accessible to people in Wheel Chairs, Walkers, Scooters and Electric Wheel Chairs Etc. Glad you had such a Beautiful Time and enjoyed your time there. A program failed on the computer and I lost the internet for over a week until I finally manage to solve the problem. The two programs froze on the screen. Had no help. I got into Sparks by using Goodle. So I manage to save my Spark Streaks and my days on the site. Im still back up with the emails etc. I delated everything but the Spark Emails. Have not been able to get to any surveys at all. Everything was ping. Could not get anywhere with it. Was going into the Help, Tools, Delland one night I turn the computer on and this program was on the screen saying The Program Failed and did I want to continue with it or Did I want to stop it and opt out of it. So I Got Out Of It. Then Everything began to wok again. Was able to get back on the internet then. I still have problems with it. I will not try taking it back to factory state like I did. One thing is that it is running a lot faster and smother then it was. So It did some good but not enough. It has been a very crazy week. I miss your blogs everyday. It going to take time to get things back to normal.Hope this finds you doing okay and feeling good. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Elaine in Portland Oregon. HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2071 days ago
    You are in a much smaller state than Oregon and yet you ahve met so mny people. good job, Pat and enjoy the visit.
    2071 days ago
    Glad you and your friend had a great time.
    2071 days ago

    I have a friend who is camping at Acadia and would love to go. Both of you seem to love it so. Someday!
    2071 days ago
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