This morning started cool and misty. The prediction for the day was mostly sunny with a gentle breeze and temperatures reaching into the mid-70’s.
As we cruised towards Bar Harbor, Maine, we passed many small rock islands covered in trees. These islands reminded me of the Swedish archipelago except for one difference. The islands in the archipelago were smooth like river rocks while the islands here were craggy.
Today the ship will anchor in Frenchman Bay and tender visitors ashore. We decided to start our day with a good breakfast in the main dining room. Although I slept a little better last night my appetite still had not returned. I ordered pancakes and bacon and was only able to eat about a third. We returned to the cabin to relax a little then go on shore.
We have been Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park and the surrounding areas several times and he just wanted to walk around town and enjoy a nice lunch. And, so we did.
While we were waiting to go ashore, I spent some time on the balcony taking in the sights. I was fascinated with the many little ‘things’ that were floating in the water. I actually thought there was trash floating by the ship. Randy came out and laughed and said, “No, those are lobster trap markers”. There were so many and so many different colors, it was amazing.
Curious, I looked up the function of the lobster buoys. On a website called, “LobsterAnywhere.com ”. I found the information on this site to very informative. “While the fog in waters around Maine comes and goes equally fast, the lobster buoys are always brightly painted and clearly identifiable…Millions of lobster traps can be seen in Maine waters and whether in groups or together, they are well marked by the huge numbers of lobster buoys”.
I stood a little longer at the balcony railing and watched at the Celebrity Summit slowly made its way to the bay as the sun made its steady rise in the morning sky.
I love visiting this small, quaint town. The streets are lined with many wonderful shops, restaurants with benches scattered here and there to just stop and watch the people walking by. We walked from the pier down West Street then up Rodick Street and turned left on Cottage Street. There we started looking for a restaurant where we could stop for lunch a little later.
We made not of a few as we walked along. Two restaurants caught our eye. There was the Finback Ale House and the Rt. 66 Restaurant. We logged these two in our thoughts and continued our walk. We finally made it to Main Street.
We walked over to the Village Green. This is a lovely park with benches, a gazebo and a beautiful monument honoring, “The men and women who have served their country as members of the armed services”. The seals on the wall were for the army, navy, marines, air force, coast guard and merchant marines. “Lovely, just lovely,” I thought.
We crossed Main Street and continued our walk passing by the Ivy Manor Inn. The landscaping in front of this bed and breakfast was lovely.
As we were walking I noticed a wonderful old clock jutting out from a bank building. I love old clocks and walked into the bank to see if I could find out how old the clock was. “No, I really do know the real age of the clock but I believe it is over 100 years old,” the clerk replied to my inquiry.
As we walked along I popped in and out of a few shops. The one I was most interest in was the Christmas Spirit shop. I could have spent hours in there but it was getting close to lunch so we moved on. Before heading to lunch I just had to take a picture of Randy standing with a large, very red lobster holding a multi-scoop ice cream cone.
After thinking about it on our walk, we decided to return to the Finback Ale House for lunch. What attracted Randy the most was the open front. He thought it would be fun to people watch while we ate. Unfortunately, by this time the restaurant was full and there were no tables at the very front. We sat one table back.
By now we had acquired a taste for the Belgian wheat – Allagash beer. Randy and I both ordered local favorites. Randy had the New England clam chowder with fresh quahog clams, potatoes and cream. I ordered the Fish & Chips with Atlantic haddock fillet, ale battered, and house made tartar sauce, cole slaw and hand cut fries. We both loved our choices.
We stopped for a moment to admire the beautiful fountain at the top of the hill before to the pier and board the tender that would return us to the ship. I was happy to see a hint of fall foliage in the park.
All of a sudden this beautiful red sail schooner passed us returning to the pier with happy tourists. As she sailed by I could not help myself from humming, “Red Sails in the Sunset”. She was a beauty!
While feeling a bit better, I was very tired and spent the rest of the day and evening in the cabin. My wonderful server, Besim, was a dear sending along a Caesar salad for me to enjoy for dinner. Randy went on to enjoy an evening of cocktails, dinner and entertainment.
While he was gone I spent a good deal of my time on the balcony watching as the sun made its decent beyond the horizon leaving a sky full of yellow, orange and red hues. Beautiful!
Tomorrow we are in Rockland, Maine.