(3) Somesville Footbridge, Seawall, Bass Harbor Lighthouse and 6.42 lbs of Lobster
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
We were both up at 5:15am. Eleanor had hand washed her underwear last night. But they were still damp. So we put them in the shower/bathtub area to dry. The skies looked clear when I looked outside. The weather forecast was for partly cloudy skies all week except for Wednesday when it was supposed to be sunny with temperatures in the low 70's Fahrenheit.
Jeannie's Breakfast on Cottage Street opens at 6:00 am. By the time we stepped outside at 6:35am, the skies were overcast.
Lauren was our server. She made the "Tree of Life" jewelry on the bottom of the display. Eleanor remembered that another waitress made the earrings at the top of the display. Lauren said "Oh that's Megan. She will be in at 7:30am." The last time we were in Bar Harbor, Eleanor had purchased some jewelry from Megan. Eleanor asked Lauren where she is originally from. She said "Flemington, New Jersey." We said "Oh! We have weekly swim sessions at the Deer Path YMCA in Flemington." She said "Actually I'm from Whitehouse Station. But nobody knows where that is. So I tell them Flemington." We said "Oh! We know Whitehouse Station!" Lauren likes the woods. So when she graduated from high school, she moved to Maine. She had also lived out west for a while with her boyfriend in Colorado. She travels to a lot of different countries.
Megan arrived before long. When called over, she remembered Eleanor. The last time we were there in 2011, Eleanor had suggested that she make pendants that would match the sea glass earrings. She just returned from Columbia, South America. Some of the sea glass earrings include beads and shells from Columbia. An elder guy who lives in the mountains in Columbia takes river clay and uses a clay pot to fire the beads (no kiln). Megan has lived in Maine for 12 years. She is originally from Sweden.
Eleanor ordered Betty's Blueberry Pancakes with one egg and a cup of assorted fresh fruit. I had The Great Maine Breakfast - 3 eggs, baked beans, bacon, home fries, toast and one blueberry pancake. Coffee and orange juice were also included in our order.
The pancakes are gigantic. One is more than enough. I thought that the pancakes are okay, but not like mom used to make with crispy edges when I was a kid. Total cost of breakfast was $40.18 including tip. Of course, Eleanor didn't leave without purchasing a number of the hand made jewelry items.
By 8:01am we were headed back to our room to reorganize before hitting the road. At 8:30am we were on the road to our first stop, Somesville Footbridge, one of the most photographed places on Mount Desert Island. Weather conditions at 8:37am were as follows: 61 degrees F, cloudy changing to sunny with high clouds. We arrived at Somesville Footbridge at 8:50am.
I walked onto the bridge. Eleanor tried, but it was too steep and slick to walk to the center. Within a few minutes a van pulled up. It was a family (mother, daughter and son-in-law) from Florida. They flew out of Palm Beach to Newark, switched planes to Portland where they rented the van for the rest of the way to Mt. Desert Island. By 9:18am they were gone.
Our next stop was supposed to be the Carroll Homestead. John and Rachel Carroll moved into their farm house in the fall of 1825. The Carroll Family history is preserved by Acadia National Park as an example of the lifestyle of ordinary people of the 19th century in hopes that people of the 20th century and beyond can learn from the past to appreciate the present and protect the future. We found the entrance road leading to the farm. But it had been freshly bulldozed. The surface was, soft uneven gravel. We couldn't take the risk of getting stuck. So continuing on our way was the only option.
At 10:02am we arrived at Seawall, a very interesting and unusual location. Seawall in Acadia National Park is a naturally occurring granite and loose boulder and rock seawall.
Our next stop was the Bass Harbor Lighthouse. To get in proper position for a decent photo of the lighthouse, you have to take your life in your hands. First there is a steep set of wood stairs.
The wood stairs lead to uneven rocky stairs which peter out to an uneven rocky path. Finally comes the best part : you have to scramble over a jumble of slippery rocks and boulders. Maybe by then you will get a decent view of the lighthouse.
That was enough adventure for me. It was now 11:15am. My mind was now concentrating on lunch at Thurston's Lobster Pound in the nearby town of Bernard. Thurston's was used as a backdrop for the Stephen King miniseries "Storm of the Century." Good thing we got there early at 11:30am. There is really no parking lot. You have to park on the side of the road.
Eleanor had already decided that she was having a 3 pound lobster. I was leaning towards a 2 pounder. The lobsters were divided into three bins. The first bin had just two 3+ pound lobsters. They were the only 3 pounders left. So I changed my mind.
The young lady held up our lobsters for inspection. We just had to pick out our table and wait. Total weight of the two lobsters came to 6.42 pounds. We also ordered one corn on the cob and a cup of coleslaw in addition to two Thurston Ales.
By 11:57am the lobsters were ready. So were we!
The lobster claws were as big as the palm of our hand. A lady sitting at a nearby table was staring at us. She said that she was getting tips from us on how to eat the lobster. The shell was not cracked as good as normally by the restaurant. So I pulled out one of our metal camping forks and tried using it like a can opener. It worked to a point. The shell on a 3 pound lobster is pretty thick. The tines on the fork got bent out of shape. It never occurred to me to pull out my Swiss Army Knife and use the can opener blade. We managed to eat our fill, and had a huge pile of empty shells to throw in the garbage nearby. A casualty of the lunch was Eleanor's finger. She said that the lobster "attacked her" with one of its pointy spines when she tried to separate part of the lobster. The spine punctured her finger. I guess a first aid kit should be included when having 3 pound lobsters for lunch.
Total cost of the meal came to $93.60.
With full stomachs we headed back to Bar Harbor. Once in town, we stopped at Hannaford Grocery Store to purchase some fresh fruit along with a few other things. We spent the rest of the afternoon walking and shopping on Main Street.
We finally topped off the afternoon with ice cream cones at the Bar Harbor ice cream shop located in the dockside buildings.
Eleanor - 2.66 miles
Bill - 4.06 miles