Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Lay over in Bar Harbor, ME

We awoke to torrential rains this morning.  Flooding everywhere and Accuweather has issued a Flash Flood Warning alert for our area and Northward into Canada, directly along our planned route


My Marmot tent leaks in the corners.  My packing is minimal but I didn't have room for shoes, I mean it's summer  .  .  .


So I changed into my walking sandals, put on my rain pants and wore my hi-vis rain jacket .  It was decided to say another day here and wait out the rain.    We took the free shuttle bus into Historic downtown Bar Harbor


about a half hour later we joined the other tourists and meandered the streets.  Lots of shops to browse and many restaurants.


signs offering Lobsters are everywhere


No we didn't eat here


there are many colourful shops near the harbour


and I couldn't help singing to myself as I noticed this sign .  I was getting hungry as we didn't have breakfast, nor lunch so I had a quick snack.   Here is a $13. bowl of Lobster soup.   I must say that there are lots of Lobster pieces in there.  MMmmm,  Delicious


Eventually it was time to return home but first we had to have dinner.   We chose this 60s diner


Service was too good and too fast.  Lots of memorabilia in there .   I look at the dinner specials


and decide to have the Lobster Dinner as it was less expensive than the Lobster & Mac


Eventually my steamed Lobster arrives, too hot to hold.  It's a bit messy but I manage


to dig out all the meat.  Maine is also known for their blueberries so we shared half a piece.   The crust wasn't that good


but we are leaving Maine tomorrow and this is our last chance

Earlier we took a stroll around the waterfront to snap a few photos.  The fog had rolled in and the 4 masted schooner was grounded and all tours cancelled


Later as we were leaving town the fog was moving into the downtown area.  Half way back to our campsite, the windshield wipers on our bus were doing double duty.   The rain had come back


25 comments:

  1. Wow, that looks like an English summer! Good to see you eating plenty.

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    1. El D:

      eating to much, trying to tame it down

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  2. Bob, we had heavy rain here too. Glad to see it didn't dampen your spirits.

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    1. David:

      we are not out of this weather front yet. Next few days not looking good

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  3. Yep, that is a massive weather front. Wise to stick it out another day and stay safe instead of getting onto inundated roads.

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    1. Lori:

      Yep, huge weather front covering where we were heading. No use riding if we are going to be under those clouds. Better to wait for it to pass, but forecast not looking good for short term

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  4. Your weather made a perfect excuse to do some more exploring....didn't hurt a thing.

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    1. Coop:

      I am not really a shopper but better than hiding in a tent. Otherwise no cover . . . and the bus was free. We also had to have dinner somewhere without having to ride

      had to pass on Acadia NP as you wouldn't have been able to see anything

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  5. I like the photo of the golf cart fording the standing water. :)

    You know you're having an adventure when you're wearing riding gear to keep the rain off and don't have appropriate footwear for the weather.

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    1. Lucky:

      I actually like walking in warm rain. My rain gear was humid and hot as I don't think it breathes

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    2. I like walking in warm rain too. Have to admit, I don't so much like walking around in rain gear. Not sure I actually stay any drier than I would without it!

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  6. Sometimes it's best just to stay put and enjoy the day whatever the weather.

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    1. Canajun:

      I've never had to wait for weather before. Lucky I'm not short of time

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  7. What? You didn't wear the lobster bib? So disappointed we didn't get to see that.

    Fingers crossed for a drier day today.

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    1. Trobairitz:

      I put on that Lobster bib when I cracked and the juice flung back at me. Good think K didn't have her camera ready

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  8. Bob

    Did you order the Wunderlich snorkel FI module and scuba suit?

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    1. Nikos:

      unfortunately, it's on Back order

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  9. I'd advise going to a Canadian Tire store and getting a spray can of tent fabric sealant ... but wait, you left Canada! ... well, there must be other camping stores.

    Nice photos. Sounds like you are having the fun vacation you expected. Very good progress.

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    1. Ed:

      I expect the tent to be waterproof from the factory. I shouldn't have to do anything. I think I am going to buy a Hubba Bubba for next year

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  10. Nice photos of town and it must feel good to take it easy. As far as the weather goes, rain is better than miserably hot, at least that's how I feel. As far as the tent leaking, did you seal the seams after you got it? That's usually the first thing I do with a new tent. Or don't use it when it rains, no wait that's not going to work too well.…

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    1. Richard:

      the tent should be waterproof when I buy it. I am going to get another one. It's nice to have no plan and not have to put on the miles

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    2. I've bought 6 tents and none were waterproof out of the box. The instructions have always said to seal the seams before first use…

      What is a Hubba Bubba? Have you seen the Redverz motorcycle tents? The include a bike parking spot…

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  11. Rain aside it seems as though you have hit your stride. is being on the road still making you anxious?

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    1. My Wal-Mart el-cheapo fine simulation of a tent in a mountain storm, only a few drops . I did have to nail the fly and the front of the tent down into the hard ground with four inch spikes or I would have been like Dorthy in 'the Wizard of Oz'. The mountain lightening is REALLY loud. The rain kept getting louder and I would think;" It can't possibly get any worse than this" and it would get louder still.

      Gee....Isn't camping fun!!!!!! I also left the running shoes at home to lighten the load and regretted it. Oh well live and learn. It did dry out for me though. I hope it does for you too.

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  12. Really enjoyed the pics, especially the bridge in fog! That lobster looked mammoth!

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