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.
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!
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.