Ok maybe not all the Maine, but a heck of a lot of Maine. I have gone on record a few times that Maine is one of my favorite places and while it now has to sit behind Alaska, it is still a great place to spend some time (at certain times of the year of course).
We had a short way to go and a long time to get there so the Old Man and I decided to spend a lot of time hanging out in Maine. A few years back we went to Acadia National Park did a quick hike and then headed into Bar Harbour for lunch. Seeing as we only spent a half day in Bar Harbour the past it seemed like a great place to start our Maine adventure.
After a few nights hopping from city to city we decided to suck it up and put ourselves at a campground for a few days right outside of Bar Harbour. After driving in from Vermont we got the Old Man to his co-working space for his podcast while the pups and I went down the block and set up shop in a nice park with great reception. Perk of #vanlife is that sometimes your office is just amazing, this was one of those days.
Lunch of course was a Lobster Roll at Bar Harbor Lobster Company. Yummm Maine lobster. Much like in Alaska where the Old Man ate all the salmon, he ate all the Maine lobster he could get his hands on. After a full day of work it was time to find our home for the next few days.
The campground we found was right on the water and because it was that odd time between summer and leaf peeping season the park was not crowded which always makes it nice. I won’t lie for two days we just stayed in the campground working and relaxing. It felt like so long since we were in one place for any length of time. Sounds boring and a waste, but in reality it was great and the dogs had plenty of time to run around in the dog run at the park. Plus with our view there really wasn’t much we felt like we were missing.
After two days of laying low we headed into Bar Harbour for yoga in the park at The Bayview Hotel because you can’t live in a van and not do yoga outside right? The Old Man wants to start do a bit more stretching and yoga for his back and this was a start. It was quite fun and I love exercising outside. Our yoga teacher is a resident of St. John’s island in the US Virgin Island. She is now going to be a resident of Maine for till next year. Sadly the island was devastated thanks to Irma and while her apartment survived the island lost a lot of it’s infrastructure. I will say minus the hurricane living in Maine in summer and St. John’s in the winter sounds like an awesome gig.
Yoga done we got ourselves a massage and then headed back to the co-working space (Anchorspace) to work and close out for the weekend.
I really do try to sleep in, but some days it just doesn’t work. Plus we had planned a hike in Acadia on a Saturday so I wanted to get there early before the crowds. Again because it is really the off season for Acadia even getting there at 10am there wasn’t anyone on the trail. Which was nice and since Acadia happens to be dog friendly the dogs had a blast hiking through the fog. Simon was not so excited at about mile 5, but he finished out strong thanks to some feisty squirrels. After our hike we headed into Bar Harbour yet again so that I could walk some more and do a bit of shopping. Hiking, shopping, it was time to feed the Old Man some more lobster.
Dogs wiped out, The Old Man fed, it was time to head up to Belfast, ME to sleep for the night and scope out the Packers bar. Our original plan was to hang out in Belfast all day Sunday and then watch the game, but work called and so we headed into Bangor, ME to a cigar bar so the Old Man could get caught up before Monday morning. So while we had not planned it we ended up in Stephen King’s home town and saw his home. Sorry no pictures we really didn’t realize what we were seeing until it was too late, but we did manage to stop by and say hi to Paul Bunyun. The pups were not super impressed or excited, but they suffered through the photo op.
Hung out in the cigar bar for a few hours and then headed back to Belfast to rest up for the big game. I really do hate the 8pm games. The Old Man found Rollie’s Bar on the Packer’s website as he did with the on in Burlington, I will say this group were more open and friendly and we let them know. They chatted with The Old Man via Facebook and then the smaller than normal group (thanks 8pm game) stopped by our seats to introduce themselves and say to hi and get our story. I guess now that it is football season we will be visiting a lot of bars thanks to the Packers website.
I did a slow fun run through Belfast saw some of the exhibits from the Museum in the Streets which is a really cool idea for a small town. The Museum in the streets is a map of historical building that once there you get a little placard to give you the history of the building. I was a bit sad we didn’t have more time in Belfast, but I guess we can add it to the come back to list.
Our time in Maine has come to an end and we are working our way closer to Boston. The Old Man is excited to hit New Hampshire and his old cigar bar haunts. I am excited to catch up with some old friends and meet my friend’s mini me.