Road Trip

Last week we went down to Bangor, Maine. Wednesday morning, we took off … down to the border crossing, and from there we took what’s called the Airline Road to Bangor. It’s a long road with only a few villages. When we arrived in Bangor, it was noon — lunch hour, the traffic was insane and it was probably one of the hottest days of this summer. We tried to find our hotel, which we eventually did, but first we stopped for some burgers at a Burger King.

We found the hotel, checked in, and then we went out to the shopping district. There was an ordinary mall with J.C. Penney, Macy’s, Sears and all that usual stuff, but the whole district was really large — at least compared to Saint John standards. In comparison to Quebec City, the mall was … tiny.

It was so hot that day, so I could hardly function. Before we went back to the hotel, we went in to Hannaford’s … a supermarket, just to cool down a little bit and it felt like a blessing being in there.

There were two restaurants I’ve been wanting to try, that we don’t have here … Olive Garden and Applebee’s, so that night we went out for dinner. At first I couldn’t really make up my mind, but as I’m basically a meat and potatoes kind of person, the choice turned out to be Applebee’s.

We sure didn’t regret that! Had an absolutely scrumptious meal and the service was fantastic.

Our hotel was located next to Bangor International Airport, so big air crafts were landing and taking off all the time, but it slowed down the later it got.

The following morning we took off for Bar Harbor. I’d been there twice before, but not since 2007. Somehow, I’d made myself kind of an illusion in my mind over these five years, where Bar Harbor was something so wonderful so when I got there it was like a let-down. The thing was … we’d not been there during the real tourist season before. It was crowded beyond comprehension. I kept thinking of what it must be like in this little town when they have a cruise ship in! I know what it’s like here in Saint John, which is much larger, to have a sudden addition of 3,000 tourists at once! They get the same cruise ships as we do! Most stores had changed, but Jeannie’s Breakfast was still there. We had a traditional breakfast there and then did a little bit of wandering around.

It is a really cute, little town!

We didn’t do the tour of Mount Desert Island, as we’ve done that twice before.

Started back, towards Canada, along Route 1 … the coastal, scenic route!

Before reaching the border, we took off a bit, into a town called Lubec and further out to West Quoddy Light! I’d only seen it on pictures before, so I was really happy to get the opportunity to shoot some pictures of my own!

Almost all lighthouses I’ve seen have been picturesque and this was certainly no exception, with its red and white stripes! I’m very happy to have this in my little collection of lighthouses 🙂

From there, it wasn’t far to the border. Had we wanted to, we could actually have taken the bridge over to Campobello Island, ferry from there to Deer Island [Canada] and yet another ferry to St. George on the mainland but we just wanted to get back, and this would have taken longer.

21 Replies to “Road Trip”

  1. What a wonderful road trip. I envy you and the places you were. I have to most…and have eaten lots of time at both Applebees and Olive Garden since they are about 3 miles from where I live here in Huntsville. I was looking at houses in Maine today…that is so strange. Loved the lighthouse photo.

    1. Yes, it was nice, LInda and it would have been even nicer had it not been so extremely hot.
      That steak I had there was out of this world … really scrumptious!

  2. I’ve never tried Applebees, but after your report back, I definitely will pop in when I’m back in the States later this year. Love the stripey lighthouse. 😉

  3. Applebee’s is awesome! Good choice there. I like the picture of the little town – in fact craving for some “little town life” now away from the city chatter. Cheers!

    1. In that little town we walked elbow to elbow with all the tourists … but it’s so cute! I love it there and would love to go back in the Fall!

    1. Yeah, before I came here, I’d only seen white ones! This one was WEST Quoddy Light … there’s an EAST Quoddy too, and that’s white with a big red cross over it …like St. George’s..

  4. Just look at those beautiful blue skies, I’m envious.
    I love the pic of the lighthouse, with it’s red and white against the blue sky 🙂

    1. Thank you, Vicky! 🙂
      Yeah, we sure have blue skies … hot and muggy. Wish I could send some of this weather over to Europe.. 🙂

  5. Hi there, the lighthouse looks almost like a “polkagris” (smile). Wonderful pictures.
    You are welcome to send some of your weather over here, we have what we call a green winter LOL, I am not complaining, but thinking about all the families on their summer vacation,in this unstable and chilly weather.

    1. Hej Annette,
      That was my first thought … “polkagris”, even more so if the lines had been painted vertically..
      I wish I could …send the weather 🙂 it can’t be any fun for families with little children and all that..

  6. Next time you go down to Bar Harbor — check out the Rockefeller Gardens and estate (reservation required well in advance) or the other fabulous gardens there (like Asticou Azalea gardens). I think they’re in Northeast Harbor, but that’s essentially Bar Harbor.
    I did a post after we’d been there: http://berkshireviews.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/weekly-photo-challenge-contrast-2/
    You’d need some time to spend at the gardens, but you’d love them!

    1. Will make a point of that, J. We’ve been to North East Harbor …twice, but didn’t see these places then. Will check out the post..

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