Two weeks have flown by. The beauty and contrast here awaken your senses. We spent our first week at Mount Desert Narrows campground. In this park we had water views and great Canadian neighbors. Marc and I kayaked at high tide. The second week we spent at The Narrows Too. We could see the water from our site and it had full hookup.
Marcus and Caroline attended a touch tank presentation on the sea life in the area and learned how it is affected by the changing tides. We also enjoyed the Museum at the College of the Atlantic.
We hiked the Beehive which was classified as a strenuous hike. The kids loved all the rungs and ladders. The panoramic view from the top unbeatable!
Marcus and Caroline liked it so much when we met our friends we convinced them to hike it again with us.
We also did another strenuous hike on Acadia Mountain. The views weren’t as grand and the kids didn’t think it was challenging enough.
We went on two bike rides for a total of about 30 miles. Riding bikes in Acadia is like riding from post card to post card. Every view seems better than the last. There are hills here on the carriage roads. We learned about John D. Rockefeller Jr. who financed and directed construction of these carriage roads.
When we visited this area two years ago we went on a whale watch, but didn’t see any whales. They gave us a free ticket to come back. This time we saw whales! About a dozen of them. They were fin back whales which are huge. They can grow up to 85 feet long. Second in size to only to blue whales. They are called the greyhounds of the sea because of their speed. They can swim 20 miles an hour. It was awesome to see groups of two, three and even five together. The right side of each fin whale’s mouth is white and as their name suggests they have a fin. They are baleen whales and take in large amounts of water and food which is then filtered through their baleen. They have several hundred baleen strips which are made of hard fibers like our fingernails. The strips grow close together and the hairs on them work like a filter when the water is forced through. The naturalist on the boat had some baleen for us to feel and examine. It was really neat. We also saw several species of sea birds and Harbor and Gray seals.
We celebrated Marcus and Caroline’s birthday early with the Mann family. They are a traveling family we met in Florida this past winter.
On a rainy Sunday we headed to Quoddy Head State Park. It is on the eastern most point of land in the United States. It is located on the Bay of Fundy. We had a great time climbing on the rocks with our friends. The distance between high and low tide is amazing!
On their 10th Birthday Marcus and Caroline opened presents and were surprised by their airplane ride. They went on a trampoline and we had friends over for dinner. The kids had fun competing to see who could spit sunflower seeds the farthest.
With some of the money they received for their birthday Cali and Marcus decided to go to an aerial park. Neva, Laney and Izzy came too and they all had a great time!
These two weeks with friends in this picturesque landscape have been amazing. Next time we think we need to spend a month!