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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

It's All About ME (conclusion)

Our last Thursday at the cottage just didn't start the way we wanted it to.  We wanted to leave early for our final trip to Acadia, but didn't get out of the house until later.  Then, we realized that our photo card was filled--yeah, we took a lot of pics--so we had to stop at a Radio Shack (the 3rd store we tried--the others were sold out of them) to buy one.  All they had was a huge one for $30-some.  On our way out of the parking lot, we were rear-ended by some guy anticipating the green light.  No damage, but you know how it is.  Just not what you want to deal with. 

The plan was to hike the South Face of Cadillac Mountain--the highest mountain on Mt. Desert Island.  It's a rather easy hike that we'd done before, but it's relatively long (3.7 miles one way).  We weren't sure if it would be too much for Jake. 

On the way up Cadillac.
The day was beautiful--sunny, warm, breezy.  It looked like things would be turning around for us.  Alas, the photo card didn't work for some reason.  So not as many pics of the trip up the mountain as we wanted.  I only had a little bit of film left in my non-digital camera.

But that, as it turned out, was the last of the problems for the day.  The hike was great--beautiful views, nice weather.  And Jake did great.  I may have carried him on my shoulders for a half-mile--probably less.  The rest he did on his own two little legs.  The apples and homemade trail mix helped give him energy.

The good day continued with our second trip to Cafe This Way.  Our server was Tony, who we've gotten to know over the years--Jake always looks forward to seeing him.  We found out, unfortunately, that it was Tony's last season in Bar Harbor before moving to Chicago.  Good luck, Tony!

Now some of the food that the 6 of us ate: The Brie-Wild Mushroom Fondue again, Maine Seafood Spring Roll, Shrimp with 4 Sauces, the Littlebit (olive tapenade, melted cheese, roasted peppers, roasted garlic on a sizzling platter with fresh bread), Pecan-Crusted Halibut, Grilled Scallops with a Citrus-Fennel Salad, Asian Pecan-Crusted Chicken, Duck with a Blueberry Sauce and more.  Exquisite food, as usual.  Oh, desserts--MB & I shared Chocolate Pots de Creme and Jake devoured Blueberry-Basil Sorbet.  I forget what the others had for dessert.  I can't tell you enough how good the food is there. 

Friday was a rainy, lazy day.  Just hung out at the cottage for a while.  Walked the beach a little bit.  Got lobsters for one last truly Maine dinner at night.

After cleaning up, it was time to leave the cottage.  MB, Jake & I stopped at The Fish Net in Blue Hill again for our lunch.  MB got a fish burger and both Jake and I had one last helping of fried Maine shrimp.  (I should have counted how many of those things he ate on this trip.) 

MB & Jake in York Beach

One last night in Maine lay ahead of us--in York Beach--not far from the border.  We had stayed at the Candleship Inn one time in the past and decided to stay again.  It's a very nice place--one of those places some go to for a total relaxation stay--massage, yoga, etc.  While we didn't do those things, we did have a nice stay.  For a nice change of pace, we at dinner at Guac-n-Roll--a burrito bar.  It was very good and reasonably priced.  MB had a Mexican Pulled Pork Burrito, I had one with Chorizo/Guacamole/Rice/Salsa.  Jake had a deconstructed steak taco (he basically just ate the meat). 

Our last nice meal was breakfast at the Candleshop Inn.  Barbara (the innkeeper) and her cook (a Jamaican woman who's name I'm forgetting) presented a wonderful vegetarian spread: scrambled eggs (or tofu if you wished), fried plantains, apple cobbler, granola (you make it yourself), bagels, muffins, smoked salmon with red onion, capers and cream cheese, fresh fruit salad, etc.  The food is great, the people are friendly and helpful--another good place to stay if you're in the area. 

So that's it...a wonderful trip full of fun, food, nature, rest and relaxation.  I hope you enjoyed coming along for the ride. 

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