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The Mill Town

Pelham, New Hampshire, September 20-21, 2013

sunny 74 °F

Yesterday we drove from Bar Harbor, Maine to Pelham, New Hampshire, about 265 miles. It turned out to be an easier trip than we expected with the added pleasure of shopping in Kittery, Maine on the way. We have some Disney friends that live in Pelham and they invited us to camp at their house for a few days. We took them up on the invitation and here we are. Bill and Carol also live in Citrus Ridge where we live in Florida and are so very nice. We arrived yesterday afternoon and got all set up. They live on a private road in a beautiful house on a pond. Bill gave us a tour and we relaxed on their deck and watched one of their loons float by.
Disney friends Bill and Carol

Disney friends Bill and Carol


Bill has a seasonal job in Lowell, Massachusetts being captain of a tour boat at the Lowell National Historical Park. It is a park we had not heard of until Bill told us about it, so we followed him to work today to see what it was all about. Once there, we learned that Lowell was built as a factory city to take advantage of the power of the Merrimack River. The land was purchased and canals were built to skirt the 32 foot plunge the river takes. Textile mills sprang up all along the canals and women were brought in to work them. The city grew by leaps and bounds for many years, along with an immigrant population that also came to work.
Our tour today consisted of a trolley ride to our boat, where Captain Bill took us along a few of the canals and through one of the locks while our guide, Jen, told us all about the textile industry in Lowell. We took another trolley ride to the Boott Cotton Mill Museum in one of the original mills and watched cotton fabric being produced. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to see and read everything, but we did enjoy what we learned.
Neat history here.

Neat history here.

Trolley at National Park

Trolley at National Park

Captain Bill at the helm

Captain Bill at the helm

NP locktenders.

NP locktenders.

Riding on one of the canals

Riding on one of the canals

One of the wooden locks

One of the wooden locks

Refurbished cotton mill

Refurbished cotton mill

A typical loom room.

A typical loom room.

model of young loom worker.

model of young loom worker.

Next we drove up to Londonderry, NH to meet my brother, Jim, and Diana for lunch. We hadn't seen them in a year so we spent a couple hours catching up. It was a very nice visit and we were glad to be able to get together.
Jim and Diana

Jim and Diana


The weather both days was perfect again, mid 70s and sunny.

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Goodnight Maine :(

Bar Harbor, Maine, September 19, 2013

sunny 76 °F

Today was our last day here in Maine and we had planned to do some biking on the carriage roads in Acadia. There are 55 miles of roads that were originally built for carriages and now are used for hiking, biking, horses and carriages. Unfortunately, it didn't work out quite the way we planned. Don discovered that one of the camper tires was low, so he called to have it changed. Three long hours later that was done and we had to see about having it repaired. We took it into Ellsworth, but it could not be saved, so then we had to find a new one. It took from 7:10 am until 3:30 pm to get it all done. No biking for us! We drove into Bar Harbor and walked some more along the Shore Path because it was such a beautiful evening. The tide was out, therefore there was a sand bar all the way across the harbor and you can walk over to Bar Island. We had never done this before, so we took advantage of the tide and did so. I had my last Lobstah roll dinner at Geddy's in Bar Harbor tonight. No chowdah, no Whoopie pies, no lighthouses.
The Shore Path in BH

The Shore Path in BH

Low tide in BH

Low tide in BH

The tide is out.

The tide is out.

The Margaret Todd 4 mast ship in port.

The Margaret Todd 4 mast ship in port.

The final lobster!

The final lobster!


Final scores:
Lobstah-4
Lobstah rolls-7
Total Lobstah-11
Chowdah-6
Whoopie pies-10
Lighthouses-7

I guess Lobstah is the winner! Surprise!

The day was perfect, sunny, no wind, 76°. A perfect ending to our Maine adventure!

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The Cadillac of mountains!

Acadia National Park, Maine, September 18, 2013

sunny 70 °F

A very Happy Birthday to Bob Strachan! Hope you had a great day, Cap'n!
We had a great day in the park. We started out driving to the Visitor's Center and hopping on a free shuttle bus to the North Ridge Trail head. From there we climbed up Cadillac Mountain. This trail is relatively short, 2.2 miles, with beautiful views along the way. It took us 2 hours to arrive at the summit after stopping to enjoy the views, snacking and looking for hawks at the Hawk Watch. There were lots of people at the summit as it was a perfect day, not a cloud in the sky. At the summit we rewarded ourselves with lunch we had brought and then walked around the trail to see all the views all the way around. There were 2 cruise ships in the harbor when we were there, but later on we noticed a third one had arrived. The hike down took 1 1/2 hours and we were quite tired when we finally got on the shuttle. It took us all around the Loop Road and back to the Visitor's Center where we took the truck home. After showers, thank goodness, we drove down to Bass Harbor to have dinner at Thurston's, a lobster in the rough kind of place. It was delicious! Another Lobstah and chowdah to add to the scores.
The trail sign

The trail sign

Two old hikers.

Two old hikers.

Old Guys Rule!

Old Guys Rule!

A couple of cruise boats in Ba Habah!

A couple of cruise boats in Ba Habah!

Looking down on Frenchman's Bay

Looking down on Frenchman's Bay

Thurston's is your typical lobster pound!

Thurston's is your typical lobster pound!

Fresh out of the steamer!!

Fresh out of the steamer!!

Bass Harbor, Me

Bass Harbor, Me


Scores:
Lobstah-4
Lobstah rolls-6
Chowdah-6
Whoopie pies-10
Lighthouses-7

Lobstahs and whoopie pies are tied, looks like extra innings!!

The weather today was picture perfect, with sun, almost no wind and a high temp of 70°!!

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Water, water everywhere!

Bar Harbor, Maine, September 17, 2013

sunny 61 °F

Finally, we had a gorgeous day! Naturally, we headed into Acadia National Park. Our first stop was, of course, the Visitor's Center, where we watched the video and I stamped my Passport book. We headed out on the Loop Road and were a bit disappointed at first. Everywhere we tried to stop was already full, no parking spaces! And it's a Tuesday in September! Finally things opened up a bit and parking wasn't a problem. We drove along the Loop Road and stopped to look at Sand Beach from above. Then we continued on to Thunder Hole. It was fabulous! There was more activity than we had ever seen or heard there, and the tide was going out. A walk along the Ocean Path turned into an exciting view of whales in the distance! We were so thrilled to see them, until we realized they were really shoals ;(. Jordan Pond was a place we had not been to, as far as we remembered, so that was our next stop. There is a beautiful house there that is now a restaurant and we had lunch. They are known for their popovers, which are delicious. Upon heading out of the park we turned west to Northeast Harbor and just watched boats for a while. The drive home from there was right along the edge of Somes Sound and so pretty.
Point overlooking Sand Beach

Point overlooking Sand Beach

Sand Beach where water temp is 55 degrees.

Sand Beach where water temp is 55 degrees.

Just spectacular views all day.

Just spectacular views all day.

Thunder Hole was rocking!

Thunder Hole was rocking!

Awesome coastline in ME.

Awesome coastline in ME.

Jordan Pond

Jordan Pond

Jordan Pond House for lunch.

Jordan Pond House for lunch.

One of 17 stone bridges built by Rockefellers.

One of 17 stone bridges built by Rockefellers.

Northeat Harbor on Mt. Desert Island

Northeat Harbor on Mt. Desert Island


Scores:
Lobstah-3
Lobstah rolls-6
Chowdah-5
Whoopie pies-10
Lighthouses-7

It was sunny all day with quite a breeze. The temp only hit 61°.

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Three Meals at Home!

Bar Harbor, Maine, September 15-16, 2013

overcast 56 °F

Yesterday was a most beautiful day and we took advantage of it. We drove to Mt. Battie again and this time we hiked up to the top. We could see so much farther, all the way to Cadillac Mountain on Mt. Desert Island! The views were just gorgeous. We were also able to see 2 of the lighthouses we had been to: the Marshall Point Lighthouse and Owl's Head. A cruise ship in the Rockland harbor looked like a toy. The hike was about a mile up to the top, so not too bad. After we returned to the truck we went to the Camden Deli and ordered sandwiches to go, took them out to the park by the harbor and had a wonderful picnic lunch watching the boats. On our way home we drove into Rockport to stop at the harbor there. It is much smaller than Camden, with the remains of a Limekiln right there. Limestone was mined and sent to New York by ships that loaded up in Rockport. The kiln is mostly in ruins, but we did see an illustration that gave us a better idea of how it all worked. The limestone was brought in by train and dumped in the kilns. When it was ready it was put into the holds of the ships. This was a very dangerous situation because the ships could easily catch fire and burn. This did happen to many ships carrying the limestone.
Clear day on top of Mt. Battie

Clear day on top of Mt. Battie

Just an awesome view

Just an awesome view

Beautiful day in Camden Harbor

Beautiful day in Camden Harbor

Schooner in Camden harbor

Schooner in Camden harbor

Tiny Rockport harbor

Tiny Rockport harbor

Old lime kiln in Rockport

Old lime kiln in Rockport


It was only about 90 miles to where we are now, Bar Harbor, one of my favorite places. After getting set up we took the free shuttle bus into town. The place was hopping as there were 2 cruise ships in port today. There are going to be 13 cruise ships in Bar Harbor this week! It is the busiest Maine cruise port. It was quite chilly in town, so we shopped a bit and took a short walk on the Shore Path, a path along the water that has been there since 1920. We had dinner at home (yes I cooked!), making today one of the few days that we ate all three meals at home! Haha!
Bridge over Pnobscot Bay

Bridge over Pnobscot Bay

Cruise ship in Bar Harbor.

Cruise ship in Bar Harbor.


Scores:
Lobstah-3
Lobstah rolls-6
Chowdah -5
Whoopie pies-9
Lighthouses-7

Today's weather was a bit of a disappointment after yesterday. It was overcast all day with some rain in the morning and sprinkles in the afternoon. The temp only hit 56°. Going to be 40° tonight. Brrrrrrr.

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