Monday, July 18, Vacation Day 24
It was a good thing we were up and gone early in the morning (6:30) because we had a two-hour snail delay through a construction zone. Stopping for 30 minutes at a time, and then inching forward, I still can’t figure why the back-up was so bad, or why there wasn’t more organization to the traffic pattern through the construction.
Our destination was to Truro in New Brunswick, hoping for a chance to see the Tidal Bore in the Bay of Fundy; a phenomenon where the tide comes in as one single wave at high tide, rather than a series of surges. We had seen it several years ago at midnight, and had hoped for a daylight presentation this time.
Skip ahead several hours . . . . . . . we missed it by 20 minutes! But, we did visit the Tidal Bore Inn where we stayed when we were here several years ago with Caleb. On that trip we had left the camper in Acadia and drove up for one night, and Tom got us a room at the Tidal Bore Inn. I had expected a romantic little quaint lodge, but it turned out to be just an plain-Jane motel, with screen windows and fans, but no air conditioning. I took this picture for Caleb!
We ended up for an overnight stop at Camper City in Monkton, NB. This is the location of the famous magnetic hill which we have previously visited, but passed by this time.
Tuesday, July 19, Vacation Day 25
A two hour morning drive got us out of Canada, through customs, and back in the world of miles per hour and dollars per gallon (vs kilometers and liters!) From there it was a backroad drive to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. The Blackwoods campground is just as I remember it – deeply wooded and shaded with lots of trees and growth between the campsites. We scored a long pull-thru campsite that was extra wide with plenty of room to spread out. No electricity, water, or shower houses – but we were fully prepared to “rough it” in this beautiful setting for 3 days. It was 75 degrees and breezy under the awning! Quick trip to hike the streets of Bar Harbor and the stores, then back to the camper for lobster dinner. Here is a picture of our wonderful set-up at Blackwoods.
Wednesday, July 20
At 8:30 a.m. we jumped on the one-way Park Loop Road and headed out to tour Acadia. First stop was the Schooner Head Overlook with a short hiking path from the crest of the cliff down to the rocky shoreline.
On around the road was Sand Beach (no dogs allowed) complete with changing rooms, outdoor showers, and people sunbathing and swimming. At this point the road follows a cliff trail down and beyond Thunder Hole. The last time we were at Thunder Hole it was thundering – today it was very calm with a few peaceful gurgles. Tom rock-hopped his way down to the seaside for a water sample, over-estimated the distance and ended up with wet feet. That was the extent of our water-side exploration.
We ate lunch at the camper and headed back out to see Seal Harbor (no seals) and Northeast Harbor which seemed to be a nice mix of working lobster boats and pleasure/sail boats. One thing we are not doing on this trip, as in years past, is getting off the hiking paths and rock-hopping along the sea cliffs. Hips, knees and ankles prefer the well-worn path. Back around the rest of the loop road we avoided the turnoff to Cadillac Mountain and saved that for the next day.
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown